Dearth Definition

dûrth
noun
Costliness; dearness.
Webster's New World
Any scarcity or lack.
Webster's New World
Scarcity of food.
Webster's New World
Dearth is defined as a lack or small supply of something.
The convenience store with no healthy, fresh foods is an example of a dearth of produce.
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1660, Church of England, “In the time of dearth and famine.”, in The Book of Common Prayer, page 21.
O God,heavenly Father, whose gift it is that the rain doth fall, the earth is fruitfull, beasts increase, and fishes do multiply: behold, we beseech thee, the afflictions of thy people, and grant that the scarcity and dearth (which we do now most justly suffer for our iniquitie) may through thy goodness be mercifully turned into cheapness and plenty…
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Other Word Forms of Dearth

Noun

Singular:
dearth
Plural:
dearths

Origin of Dearth

  • First attested at least as early as the late 1400s, and appearing in Tyndale’s Pentateuch (1530) as well as the Coverdale Bible (1535). From Middle English derþe, probably from Old English *dīerþ, *dīerþu, from Proto-Germanic *diuriþō (“costliness, preciousness, honour”), corresponding to dear + -th. Cognate with West Frisian djoerte (“love, dearness, value, worth”), Dutch duurte (“dearness; scarcity, dearth”), Icelandic dýrð (“honour, glory”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English derthe from Old English dēorthu costliness from dēore costly dear1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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