Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday July 20, 2011
An inadequate supply; scarcity; lack.
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.
-- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned
While smiles were rare enough in a place like the Pentagon, the total dearth of them on this day was most telling.
-- Harold Coyle, More Than Courage
Dearth relates to the same Old English root from which "dear" is derived.