What does the word dearth mean?

Usage examples for dearth

  1. Never did these happy people Suffer sickness, plague, or dearth, Living in a golden climate In the fairest place on earth, Living thus thro' endless summers And half- summers hardly colder, Growing, tho' they hardly guessed it, Very gradually older. – A Legend of Old Persia and Other Poems by A. B. S. Tennyson
  2. Since the dearth came We rattle one on another as though we were Knives thrown into a basket to be cleaned. – Poems by W. B. Yeats
  3. A flattering glass to gaze upon, A busy jest, a serious toy, A flower still budding, never blown, A scanty dearth in fullest store Yielding least fruit where most is sown. – Lyrics from the Song-Books of the Elizabethan Age by Various