barren /ˈbar(ə)n/


I. adjective

1. (of land) too poor to produce much or any vegetation.

the plains of Kyrenia were barren.
the barren, burnt-up countryside.
2. (of a tree or plant) not producing fruit or seed.

the barren fig tree.
‹archaic› (of a woman) infertile.
4. (of a female animal) not pregnant or unable to become so.
5. showing no results or achievements; unproductive

he scored yesterday to end his barren spell.
6. (of a place or building) bleak and lifeless.

the sports hall turned out to be a rather barren concrete building.
the flat feels too tidy, almost barren.
7. empty of meaning or value.

your life will be barren.
8. ( barren of) devoid of

the room was barren of furniture.
II. noun

1. (usu. barrens)
(chiefly N. Amer.) a barren tract or tracts of land

the Newfoundland barrens.
‹rare› a group or drove of mules

the Greeks were seen to drive a barren of mules.
III. derivatives

1. barrenly /ˈbarənli /

2. barrenness /ˈbar(ə)nnəs /

– origin Middle English: from Old French barhaine, of unknown origin.

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