dearth

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
dearth /dɜrθ/USA pronunciation   n. [count;
usually singular
]
  1. a scarcity or lack:a dearth of good writers of computer manuals.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
dearth  (dûrth),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an inadequate supply;
    scarcity;
    lack:There is a dearth of good engineers.
  2. scarcity and dearness of food;
    famine.
  • 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;
      surplus.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

dearth /dɜːθ/ n
  1. an inadequate amount, esp of food; scarcity
Etymology: 13th Century: derthe, from dēr dear



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