Adjective "dearth" definition and examples

(Dearth may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A scarcity or lack of something.
  1. 'These failures can be partially attributed to a lack of political will and a dearth of resources.'
  2. 'We have recent history to show that there is a dearth of good investment managers in this government.'
  3. 'Other voluntary groups in the city are also noticing a dearth of young volunteers in these busy times.'
  4. 'There is serious disharmony among the clubs and a dearth of quality players at international level.'
  5. 'Yet there appears to be a dearth of qualified people who are both willing and able to step forward and provide better leadership.'
  6. 'It is an acknowledged fact that there is a dearth of quality scripts in Hollywood as well.'
  7. 'This is an eminently practical question, and I suspect there is a dearth of literature on the topic.'
  8. 'This season there has been a dearth of good supernatural television, and hopefully this will fit the bill.'
  9. 'The lacklustre session was characterised by a dearth of corporate news and subdued trading ahead of the weekend.'
  10. 'Businesses will have drops in sales as they suffer a dearth of customers.'
  11. 'Dearth was of such obvious advantage to the usurers that it was commonly believed that they used sorcery to prevent rain from falling.'
  12. 'But here in Scotland, in the regularly recurring famine years of the 17th and 18th centuries, when harvests failed, dearth and death prevailed.'

More definitions


1. an inadequate supply; scarcity; lack: There is a dearth of good engineers.

2. scarcity and dearness of food; famine.


Middle English derthe (see dear, -th).