- The definition of fallow is inactive.
A piece of land that is normally used for farming but that is left with no crops on it for a season in order to let it recover its fertility is an example of land that would be described as fallow.
A field lies fallow.
fallow definition by Webster's New World
- land plowed but not seeded for one or more growing seasons, to kill weeds, make the soil richer, etc.
- the plowing of land to be left idle in this way
Origin: Middle English falow ; from Old English fealh, akin to fealh, harrow, felly (of wheel) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pelk-, to turn from source Gaelic olca, fallow land
- left uncultivated or unplanted
- untrained; inactive: said esp. of the mind
Origin: ME falwen < OE fealgian < fealh, fallow land; infl. by fealwian, to fade < fealo: see fallow
- fallowness noun
Origin: Middle English falwe ; from Old English fealo, akin to German fahl, fallow ; from Germanic an unverified form falwa ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pel-, gray, pale from source Classical Latin pallidus
fallow definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Plowed but left unseeded during a growing season: fallow farmland.
- Characterized by inactivity: a fallow gold market.
- Land left unseeded during a growing season.
- The act of plowing land and leaving it unseeded.
- The condition or period of being unseeded.
- To plow (land) without seeding it afterward.
- To plow and till (land), especially to eradicate or reduce weeds.
Origin: Middle English falow, from Old English fealh, fallow land.
- falˈlow·ness noun
fallow - Phrases/Idioms