- an inadequate amount, esp of food; scarcity
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- a scarcity or lack:a dearth of good writers of computer manuals.
- an inadequate supply;
lack:There is a dearth of good engineers.
- scarcity and dearness of food;
- Middle English derthe. See dear1, -th1 1200–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged shortage, want, paucity, insufficiency.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged abundance, plenty, sufficiency;