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Examples of dearth in a Sentence
- It may also be a respite for booksellers, who have been grumbling for several years about sluggish sales and a dearth of dependable blockbuster fiction. —Julie Bosman, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2006
- … Earnhardt has recently hinted that a company-wide dearth of talent is the core reason his Chevy simply isn't as fast in 2005 as it's been in the past. —Lars Anderson, Sports Illustrated, 11 Apr. 2006
- AirNet, which hauls bank checks and other time-critical freight, used to require that its pilots have at least 1,200 hours of flight experience. Then, faced with a dearth of experienced applicants, it dropped the requirement to 500 hours. Now, it has no minimum. —Scott McCartney, Wall Street Journal, 10 Aug. 2000
there was a dearth of usable firewood at the campsite
the dearth of salesclerks at the shoe store annoyed us
Recent Examples of dearth from the Web
With a dearth of alternatives, why not welcome back Will & Grace?
Not that the immediate vicinity suffers a dearth of such venues: It’s across from the outdoor seating at the new Goose Island Brewing Co.
And there’s a dearth of black and brown people in the industry’s money-making roles of importing, exporting, roasting and distribution, according to Konte.
The huge increase in demand for foreign workers has been fueled by a low national unemployment rate and a dearth of Americans willing to work as seasonal housekeepers and cooks.
The bet here is that Arrieta cannot survive this combination of strikeout dearth and walk abundance much longer.
The companies do, however, share one thing: a dearth of women in other top jobs.
But these schools suffered from insufficient resources and a dearth of staff, as many black teachers left the area in search of better opportunities.
So, Orgeron's selling point to Burrow is simple. Because of unproven running back talent and a dearth of wide receivers, passing has to be this season's offensive spark, according to new offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger.
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Where Does the Word dearth Come From?
The facts about the history of the word dearth are quite simple: the word derives from the Middle English form "derthe," which has the same meaning as our modern term. That Middle English form is assumed to have developed from an Old English form that was probably spelled "dierth" and was related to "dēore," the Old English form that gave us the word dear. ("Dear" also once meant "scarce," but that sense of the word is now obsolete.) Some form of "dearth" has been used to describe things that are in short supply since at least the 13th century, when it often referred to a shortage of food.
DEARTH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dearth for English Language Learners
: the state or condition of not having enough of something
DEARTH Defined for Kids
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