An example of a barren tree is a tree that makes no fruit.
An example of barren is a desert where few things grow.
A barren routine.
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?
A barren plan.
Barren of creative spirit.
Set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too. Shakespeare. Hamlet. III.ii. ca. 1602
The pine barrens are a site lonely enough to suit any hermit.
Writing barren of insight.
A barren woman.
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”).