Definitions for barrenness

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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. barrenness(noun)

    the state (usually of a woman) of having no children or being unable to have children

  2. fruitlessness, aridity, barrenness(noun)

    the quality of yielding nothing of value


  1. barrenness(Noun)

    The property of being barren; the property of not supporting life.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Barrenness(noun)

    the condition of being barren; sterility; unproductiveness

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