What does barren mean?

Definitions for barren
ˈbær ənbar·ren

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word barren.

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"

Wiktionary

  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)

    bleak

  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Barren

    bar′en, adj. incapable of bearing offspring: unfruitful: dull, stupid: unprofitable (with of).—adj. Bar′ren-beat′en.—adv. Bar′renly.—n. Bar′renness.—adjs. Bar′ren-spir′ited; Bar′ren-wit′ted. [O. Fr. barain, brahain, brehaing, perh. from bar, man, as if 'male-like, not producing offspring.']

How to say barren in sign language?

  1. barren

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of barren in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of barren in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of barren in a Sentence

  1. Louis Pasteur:

    Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism.

  2. R. W. Griswold:

    It is a barren kind of criticism which tells you what a thing is not.

  3. William Shakespeare, "The Tempest", Act 1 scene 1:

    Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground.

  4. Sir Arthur Helps:

    Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.

  5. Sir Arthur Helps:

    Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away.

Images & Illustrations of barren

  1. barrenbarrenbarren

Popularity rank by frequency of use

barren#10000#24547#100000

Translations for barren

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for barren »

Translation

Find a translation for the barren definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • Chinese - Simplified 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • Chinese - Traditional 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Spanish Español (Spanish)
  • Japanese 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Portuguese Português (Portuguese)
  • German Deutsch (German)
  • Arabic العربية (Arabic)
  • French Français (French)
  • Russian Русский (Russian)
  • Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • Korean 한국어 (Korean)
  • Hebrew עברית (Hebrew)
  • Ukrainian Український (Ukrainian)
  • Urdu اردو (Urdu)
  • Hungarian Magyar (Hungarian)
  • Hindi मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesian Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italian Italiano (Italian)
  • Tamil தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Turkish Türkçe (Turkish)
  • Telugu తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • Thai ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Vietnamese Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Czech Čeština (Czech)
  • Polish Polski (Polish)
  • Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Romanian Românește (Romanian)
  • Dutch Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Greek Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latin Latinum (Latin)
  • Swedish Svenska (Swedish)
  • Danish Dansk (Danish)
  • Finnish Suomi (Finnish)
  • Persian فارسی (Persian)
  • Yiddish ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • Armenian հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norwegian Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English English (English)

Discuss these barren definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"barren." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2019. Web. 25 May 2019. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/barren>.

Are we missing a good definition for barren? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for barren:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.