Definition of dearth in US English:

dearth

noun

  • A scarcity or lack of something.

    ‘there is a dearth of evidence’
    • ‘For far too long, talk radio in our area has had a dearth of intelligent commentators.’
    • ‘Yet there is a dearth of new thinking on how to create solid jobs in the manufacturing sector, here and now.’
    • ‘This season there has been a dearth of good supernatural television, and hopefully this will fit the bill.’
    • ‘Other voluntary groups in the city are also noticing a dearth of young volunteers in these busy times.’
    • ‘There is serious disharmony among the clubs and a dearth of quality players at international level.’
    • ‘Some farmers are experiencing a dearth of grass and have released the dairy cows and beef cattle onto the silage fields.’
    • ‘This lack of public support is responsible for a dearth of overt fearless principle in the public service.’
    • ‘Yet there appears to be a dearth of qualified people who are both willing and able to step forward and provide better leadership.’
    • ‘These failures can be partially attributed to a lack of political will and a dearth of resources.’
    • ‘This problem is exacerbated by a dearth of social housing projects in the Lower Mainland.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In contrast, many Canadian department stores have such a dearth of sales help that shoplifting is common.’
    • ‘He feels there is a dearth of good landscape paintings in Kerala.’
    • ‘One reason the health effects of steroids are so uncertain is a dearth of research.’
    • ‘Businesses will have drops in sales as they suffer a dearth of customers.’
    • ‘This is an eminently practical question, and I suspect there is a dearth of literature on the topic.’
    • ‘It is an acknowledged fact that there is a dearth of quality scripts in Hollywood as well.’
    • ‘The lacklustre session was characterised by a dearth of corporate news and subdued trading ahead of the weekend.’
    • ‘We have recent history to show that there is a dearth of good investment managers in this government.’
    • ‘Before 1994 there was a dearth of music and cultural festivals in South Africa.’
    lack, scarcity, scarceness, shortage, shortfall, want, deficiency, insufficiency, inadequacy, paucity, sparseness, meagreness, scantiness, rareness, infrequency, uncommonness, destitution, privation
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Origin

Middle English derthe (see dear, -th).

Pronunciation

dearth

/dərTH//dərθ/