Barren meaning

bărən
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The definition of barren is something or someone who is not productive or fruitful, or a place with few or no plants.

An example of a barren tree is a tree that makes no fruit.

An example of barren is a desert where few things grow.

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Lacking in liveliness or interest.

A barren routine.

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Not producing or incapable of producing offspring. Used of women.
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Not producing crops or fruit; having little or no vegetation.

Barren soil.

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Not producing or incapable of producing offspring. Used of female animals.
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(not comparable) Unable to bear children; sterile.

I silently wept as my daughter's husband rejected her. What would she do now that she was no longer a maiden but also barren?

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Not bringing useful results; unproductive; unprofitable.

A barren plan.

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Lacking appeal, interest, or meaning; dull; boring.
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Empty; devoid.

Barren of creative spirit.

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An area of unproductive land.
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Land with poor soil and very few shrubs, trees, etc.
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Unproductive; fruitless; unprofitable; empty.
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Of poor fertility, infertile; not producing vegetation.
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Mentally dull; stupid.

Set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too. Shakespeare. Hamlet. III.ii. ca. 1602

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

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

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Lacking vegetation, especially useful vegetation.

Barren tundra.

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Unproductive of results or gains; unprofitable.
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Devoid of something specified.

Writing barren of insight.

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A tract of unproductive land, often with a scrubby growth of trees.
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That cannot produce offspring; sterile.

A barren woman.

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Not bearing or pregnant at the regular time.
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Not producing or incapable of producing fruit.

Barren trees.

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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