Definitions of dearth

  1. an insufficient quantity or number Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Dearness, high price: scarcity: want: famine: barrenness. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. Scarcity. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. Scarcity; famine. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. Scarcity; that which makes food dear; famine; barrenness. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. Scarcity; want; famine; barrenness or want of. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for dearth

  1. And sweeter far in grief and mirth Have songs as glad and sad of birth Found voice to speak of wealth or dearth In joy of life: But never song took fire from earth More strong for strife. – Figures of Several Centuries by Arthur Symons
  2. Song is my mistress, fickle she, Yet dear beyond all dearth of speech; Child of the winds of land and sea She charms me with the charm of each- Full soft and sweet she sings and then She sings wild songs for sailor- men! – Fires of Driftwood by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay