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 pronounce barren?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

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. George Eliot:

    Comprehensive talkers are apt to be tiresome when we are not athirst for information; but, to be quite fair, we must admit that superior reticence is a good deal due to lack of matter. Speech is often barren, but silence also does not necessarily brood over a full nest. Your still fowl, blinking at you without remark, may all the while be sitting on one addled nest-egg; and, when it takes to cackling, will have nothing to announce but that addled delusion.

  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. William Wordsworth:

    Enough of science and art, Close up these barren leaves; Come forth, and bring with you a heart Thst watches and receives.

  5. Sir Arthur Helps:

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

Images & Illustrations of barren

  1. barrenbarrenbarrenbarrenbarren

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

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:


Discuss these barren definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

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

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "barren." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 18 Apr. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/barren>.

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

    Browse Definitions.net

    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!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit
    • A. vigorish
    • B. scholastic
    • C. recital
    • D. arborolatry

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for barren:


    Definitions.net

    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.