Definition of dearth in English:

dearth

noun

  • [in singular] A scarcity or lack of something.

    ‘there is a dearth of evidence’
    • ‘One reason the health effects of steroids are so uncertain is a dearth of research.’
    • ‘Before 1994 there was a dearth of music and cultural festivals in South Africa.’
    • ‘In contrast, many Canadian department stores have such a dearth of sales help that shoplifting is common.’
    • ‘These failures can be partially attributed to a lack of political will and a dearth of resources.’
    • ‘This season there has been a dearth of good supernatural television, and hopefully this will fit the bill.’
    • ‘After talking for a while, we went in search for a place to eat lunch - it's not as if there was a dearth of such places.’
    • ‘The lacklustre session was characterised by a dearth of corporate news and subdued trading ahead of the weekend.’
    • ‘Some farmers are experiencing a dearth of grass and have released the dairy cows and beef cattle onto the silage fields.’
    • ‘There is serious disharmony among the clubs and a dearth of quality players at international level.’
    • ‘He feels there is a dearth of good landscape paintings in Kerala.’
    • ‘This is an eminently practical question, and I suspect there is a dearth of literature on the topic.’
    • ‘Businesses will have drops in sales as they suffer a dearth of customers.’
    • ‘For far too long, talk radio in our area has had a dearth of intelligent commentators.’
    • ‘This problem is exacerbated by a dearth of social housing projects in the Lower Mainland.’
    • ‘It is an acknowledged fact that there is a dearth of quality scripts in Hollywood as well.’
    • ‘Yet there is a dearth of new thinking on how to create solid jobs in the manufacturing sector, here and now.’
    • ‘Yet there appears to be a dearth of qualified people who are both willing and able to step forward and provide better leadership.’
    • ‘Other voluntary groups in the city are also noticing a dearth of young volunteers in these busy times.’
    • ‘This lack of public support is responsible for a dearth of overt fearless principle in the public service.’
    • ‘We have recent history to show that there is a dearth of good investment managers in this government.’
    lack, scarcity, scarceness, shortage, shortfall, want, deficiency, insufficiency, inadequacy, paucity, sparseness, meagreness, scantiness, rareness, infrequency, uncommonness, destitution, privation
    famine, drought, poverty
    absence, non-existence
    exiguity, exiguousness
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Origin

Middle English derthe (originally in the sense shortage and dearness of food) (see dear, -th).

Pronunciation:

dearth

/dərTH/