dearth

  • 1 Dearth — means lack, shortage or scarcity. It may also refer to: People Bill Dearth, (1947–2005) US actor David Dearth, bodybuilder with the World Bodybuilding Federation Doug Dearth, actor James Dearth, (born 1976), American football player John Wesley… …

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  • 2 Dearth — Dearth, n. [OE. derthe, fr. dere. See {Dear}.] Scarcity which renders dear; want; lack; specifically, lack of food on account of failure of crops; famine. [1913 Webster] There came a dearth over all the land of Egypt. Acts vii. 11. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 dearth — [dɜːθ ǁ dɜːrθ] noun [singular] a lack of something: • This is a critical time for small business, which faces a dearth of start up financing. opposite glut1 * * * dearth UK US /dɜːθ/ noun [S] ► a situation when there is not enough of something: » …

    Financial and business terms

  • 4 dearth — [də:θ US də:rθ] n [singular] [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: DEAR3 expensive (11 21 centuries)] a lack of something dearth of ▪ a dearth of job opportunities …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 5 dearth — [ dɜrθ ] noun singular FORMAL dearth of a situation in which there is not enough of something: LACK …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 6 dearth — rapidly extended its meaning from its 13c restriction to food, to refer to a scarcity of anything: • Unable to find what she needed in ‘romantic’ novels, Letty had turned to biographies, of which there was no dearth Barbara Pym, 1977. Dearths… …

    Modern English usage

  • 7 dearth — I noun absence, caritas, deficiency, destitution, exiguity, exiguousness, impoverishment, inadequacy, inadequateness, incompleteness, indigence, inopia, insufficiency, lack, leanness, littleness, meagerness, need, paucity, penuria, penury, pinch …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 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 O.E. deore precious, costly (see DEAR (Cf. dear)) + TH (Cf.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 dearth — *lack, want, absence, defect, privation Analogous words: scarcity, infrequency, rareness, uncommonness (see corresponding adjectives at INFREQUENT): scantiness, meagerness, scantness (see corresponding adjectives at MEAGER) Antonyms: excess …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 dearth — [n] insufficiency, scarcity absence, default, defect, deficiency, exiguousness, famine, inadequacy, infrequency, lack, meagerness, miss, need, paucity, poverty, privation, rareness, scantiness, scantness, shortage, slim pickings*, sparsity,… …

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  • 11 dearth — ► NOUN ▪ a scarcity or lack. ORIGIN originally in the sense «dearness and shortage of food»: from DEAR(Cf. ↑dearness) + TH(Cf. ↑ th) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 dearth — [dʉrth] n. [ME derth < dere: see DEAR & TH1] 1. Obs. costliness; dearness 2. scarcity of food 3. any scarcity or lack …

    English World dictionary

  • 13 dearth — [[t]dɜ͟ː(r)θ[/t]] N SING: usu N of n If there is a dearth of something, there is not enough of it. ...the dearth of good fiction by English authors. Syn: lack …

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  • 14 dearth — noun Etymology: Middle English derthe, from Old English *dierth, from dēore dear Date: 13th century 1. scarcity that makes dear; specifically famine 2. an inadequate supply ; lack < a …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 dearth — /derrth/, n. 1. an inadequate supply; scarcity; lack: There is a dearth of good engineers. 2. scarcity and dearness of food; famine. [1200 50; ME derthe. See DEAR1, TH1] Syn. 1. shortage, want, paucity, insufficiency. Ant. 1. abundance, plenty,… …

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  • 16 dearth — noun /dɜːθ,dɝːθ/ a) A period or condition when food is rare and hence expensive; famine. I promise you, the effects he writes of succeed unhappily: as of unnaturalness between the child and the parent; death, dearth, dissolutions of ancient… …

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  • 17 Dearth — Recorded as Dart, Darte, Darthe, Death, Dearth and possibly others, this is an English surname of two possible origins. The most likely is French as shown below, but recent research has also strongly indicated an English source which may have… …

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  • 18 dearth — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. scarcity, lack, shortage. See insufficiency.Ant., abundance, sufficiency II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. scarcity, deficiency, scantiness, shortage; see lack 1 , poverty 2 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus)… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 dearth — noun (singular) formal a lack of something (+ of): problems owing to the dearth of experienced personnel …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 dearth — noun a dearth of trained specialists Syn: lack, scarcity, shortage, shortfall, want, deficiency, insufficiency, inadequacy, paucity, sparseness, scantiness, rareness; absence See note at lack Ant …

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