Definitions for barrenˈbær ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bar•renˈbær ən(adj.)

  1. not producing or incapable of producing offspring; sterile.

  2. unproductive; unfruitful:

    barren land.

  3. without capacity to interest or attract:

    a barren period in architecture.

  4. bereft; lacking (usu. fol. by of):

    barren of compassion.

  5. (n.)Usu., barrens. level or slightly rolling land, usu. with a sandy soil and few trees, and relatively infertile.

    Category: Geography (terms)

Origin of barren:

1200–50; ME bareyn(e), barayn(e) < AF barai(gn)e, OF brahaigne, appar < Celtic; cf. Welsh braenar, Ir branar fallow land


Princeton's WordNet

  1. barren, waste, wasteland(adj)

    an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation

    "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert"

  2. bare, barren, bleak, desolate, stark(adj)

    providing no shelter or sustenance

    "bare rocky hills"; "barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a stark landscape"

  3. barren(adj)

    not bearing offspring

    "a barren woman"; "learned early in his marriage that he was sterile"

  4. barren, destitute, devoid, free, innocent(adj)

    completely wanting or lacking

    "writing barren of insight"; "young recruits destitute of experience"; "innocent of literary merit"; "the sentence was devoid of meaning"


  1. barren(Noun)

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

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

  2. barren(Adjective)

    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?

  3. barren(Adjective)

    of poor fertility, infertile

  4. barren(Adjective)


  5. barren(Adjective)

    not productive

Webster Dictionary

  1. Barren(adj)

    incapable of producing offspring; producing no young; sterile; -- said of women and female animals

  2. Barren(adj)

    not producing vegetation, or useful vegetation; /rile

  3. Barren(adj)

    unproductive; fruitless; unprofitable; empty

  4. Barren(adj)

    mentally dull; stupid

  5. Barren(noun)

    a tract of barren land

  6. Barren(noun)

    elevated lands or plains on which grow small trees, but not timber; as, pine barrens; oak barrens. They are not necessarily sterile, and are often fertile

Translations for barren

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not able to produce crops, fruit, young etc

barren soil; a barren fruit-tree; a barren woman.

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