Vocabulary Mondays: Dearth

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

 

 

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.

 

 

Word:  Dearth

Part of Speech:  noun

Meaning:

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

2.  scarcity and dearness of food; famine.

Word Origin & History

dearth

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.

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