Last night I was chatting with a cousin-in-law. He used the word dearth. I had never heard of the word. And I was too embarrassed to ask the meaning. So I wrote the word down on a piece of paper with the intent to use it for today’s post.
Part of Speech: noun
1. an inadequate supply; scarcity; lack: There is a dearth of good engineers.
Word Origin & History
mid-13c., derthe “scarcity,” abstract n. formed from root of O.E. deore “precious, costly” (see dear). Originally used of famines, when food was costly because scarce.