• (British) IPA: /ˈbæɹən/

barren (comparative barrener, superlative barrenest)

  1. (not comparable) 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?
  2. Of poor fertility, infertile; not producing vegetation.
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 1, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
  3. Bleak.
  4. Unproductive; fruitless; unprofitable; empty.
    • 1843, William H. Prescott, History of the Conquest of Mexico
      brilliant but barren reveries
    • Augusr 28, 1731, Jonathan Swift, letter to John Gay
      But schemes are perfectly accidental. Some will appear barren of hints and matter, but prove to be fruitful.
  5. Mentally dull; stupid.
    • 1599-1602, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, III, ii
      Set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too.
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barren (plural barrens)

  1. An area of low fertility and habitation, a desolate place.
    The pine barrens are a site lonely enough to suit any hermit.
  • German: Ödland, Öde, Kargland
  • Russian: пу́стошь

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