Barren Definition

bărən
barrens, barrener, barrenest
adjective
barrener, barrenest
That cannot produce offspring; sterile.
A barren woman.
Webster's New World
Not bearing or pregnant at the regular time.
Webster's New World
Not producing or incapable of producing fruit.
Barren trees.
American Heritage
Not producing crops or fruit; having little or no vegetation.
Barren soil.
Webster's New World
Lacking vegetation, especially useful vegetation.
Barren tundra.
American Heritage
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noun
A tract of unproductive land, often with a scrubby growth of trees.
American Heritage
An area of unproductive land.
Webster's New World
Land with poor soil and very few shrubs, trees, etc.
Webster's New World

An area of low fertility and habitation, a desolate place.

The pine barrens are a site lonely enough to suit any hermit.
Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Barren

Noun

Singular:
barren
Plural:
barrens

Adjective

Base Form:
barren
Comparative:
barrener
Superlative:
barrenest

Origin of Barren

  • Middle English barreine from Old French brahaigne perhaps of Germanic origin

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

  • From Old French baraigne (“sterile, barren”).

    From Wiktionary

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