Origin of dearth
Examples from the Web for dearth
The Pentagon security reviewers must have been suffering a dearth of caffeine or sleep.‘They Don’t Call It SEAL Team 6-Year-Old for Nothing’: Commandos Clash Over Tell-All Book|Kimberly Dozier|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The FDA is hoping to remedy the dearth of knowledge with a plea aimed at influential drugmakers.
And the dearth of top Democratic visitors could have a real impact on down-ballot Democrats.Iowa Has a Phantom Democratic Presidential Candidates Problem|Ben Jacobs|July 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like the people of Westeros, winter is coming and with it a dearth of Game of Thrones.‘Game of Thrones’ Withdrawal? Watch Nickelodeon’s Fantasy Epic ‘The Legend of Korra’|David Levesley|July 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Despite the dearth of decent sex education, most of us could figure out what had happened.Eastside Catholic: Break the Rules All You Want, Unless You’re Gay|Scott Bixby|January 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A dearth of all sedentary resources became, when his youth passed away, his own constant reproach.Camilla|Fanny Burney
Incidentally Kansas ranks next to Nebraska in dearth of trees.How To Write Special Feature Articles|Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
So intent was he upon the arrangements for his altruistic plans that the dearth of children did not receive his notice.Heart of the West|O. Henry
There seemed a dearth of marriages the year before she went; the sum increased very slowly.Under the Country Sky|Grace S. Richmond
But there being a dearth both of good judges and of beautiful women, I make use of a certain idea that comes into my mind.
British Dictionary definitions for dearth
Word Origin for dearth
Word Origin and History for dearth
mid-13c., derthe "scarcity" (originally used of famines, when food was costly because scarce; extended to other situations of scarcity from early 14c.), abstract noun formed from root of Old English deore "precious, costly" (see dear) + abstract noun suffix -th (2). Common Germanic formation, though not always with the same sense (cf. Old Saxon diurtha "splendor, glory, love," Middle Dutch dierte, Dutch duurte, Old High German tiurida "glory").