dearth

[ durth ]
/ dɜrθ /

noun

an inadequate supply; scarcity; lack: There is a dearth of good engineers.
scarcity and dearness of food; famine.

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Origin of dearth

First recorded in 1200–50, dearth is from the Middle English word derthe. See dear1, -th1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH dearth

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British Dictionary definitions for dearth

dearth
/ (dɜːθ) /

noun

an inadequate amount, esp of food; scarcity

Word Origin for dearth

C13: derthe, from dēr dear
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