Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Definitions for dearth
- An inadequate supply; scarcity; lack.
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Citations for dearth
Laundry pile followed laundry pile-at long intervals; dearth of handkerchief followed dearth of handkerchief-at short ones; not to mention dearth of sock, of shirt, of everything.
While smiles were rare enough in a place like the Pentagon, the total dearth of them on this day was most telling.
Origin of dearth
Dearth relates to the same Old English root from which "dear" is derived.