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bar·ren

 (băr′ən)
adj.
1.
a. Not producing or incapable of producing offspring. Used of female animals.
b. Often Offensive Not producing or incapable of producing offspring. Used of women.
2. Not producing or incapable of producing fruit: barren trees.
3. Lacking vegetation, especially useful vegetation: barren tundra.
4. Unproductive of results or gains; unprofitable: "That icy winter silence—how it froze you from your bride, / Tho' I made one barren effort to break it at the last!" (Alfred Lord Tennyson). See Synonyms at futile.
5. Devoid of something specified: writing barren of insight.
6. Lacking in liveliness or interest: a barren routine.
n.
often barrens A tract of unproductive land, often with a scrubby growth of trees.

[Middle English barreine, from Old French brahaigne, perhaps of Germanic origin.]

bar′ren·ly adv.
bar′ren·ness n.

barren

(ˈbærən)
adj
1. (Biology) incapable of producing offspring, seed, or fruit; sterile: a barren tree.
2. (Agriculture) unable to support the growth of crops, etc; unproductive; bare: barren land.
3. lacking in stimulation or ideas; dull: a rather barren play.
4. not producing worthwhile results; unprofitable: a barren period in a writer's life.
5. (foll by of) totally lacking (in); devoid (of): his speech was barren of wit.
6. (Palaeontology) (of rock strata) having no fossils
[C13: from Old French brahain, of uncertain origin]
ˈbarrenly adv
ˈbarrenness n

bar•ren

(ˈbær 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.
n.
5. Usu., barrens. level or slightly rolling land, usu. with a sandy soil and few trees, and relatively infertile.
[1200–50; Middle English bareyn(e), barayn(e) < Anglo-French barai(gn)e, Old French brahaigne, appar < Celtic; compare Welsh braenar, Irish branar fallow land]
bar′ren•ly, adv.
bar′ren•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.barren - an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivationbarren - an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation; "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert"
heathland, heath - a tract of level wasteland; uncultivated land with sandy soil and scrubby vegetation
wild, wilderness - a wild and uninhabited area left in its natural condition; "it was a wilderness preserved for the hawks and mountaineers"
Adj.1.barren - providing no shelter or sustenancebarren - 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"
inhospitable - unfavorable to life or growth; "the barren inhospitable desert"; "inhospitable mountain areas"
2.barren - not bearing offspring; "a barren woman"; "learned early in his marriage that he was sterile"
infertile, sterile, unfertile - incapable of reproducing; "an infertile couple"
3.barren - completely wanting or lacking; "writing barren of insight"; "young recruits destitute of experience"; "innocent of literary merit"; "the sentence was devoid of meaning"
nonexistent - not having existence or being or actuality; "chimeras are nonexistent"

barren

adjective
1. desolate, empty, desert, bare, waste the Tibetan landscape of the high barren mountains
2. unproductive, dry, useless, sterile, fruitless, arid, unprofitable, unfruitful, unprolific He also wants to use water to irrigate barren desert land.
unproductive rich, useful, profitable, productive, fertile, lush, fruitful, fecund, profitable, productive
4. empty, clear, vacant, void, unfilled one loaf of bread on the otherwise barren shelves
5. (Old-fashioned) infertile, sterile, childless, unproductive, nonproductive, infecund, unprolific a three-year-old barren mare

barren

adjective
1. Unable to produce offspring:
2. Lacking or unable to produce growing plants or crops:
3. Having no useful result:
Idiom: in vain.
4. Not having a desirable element:
Idiom: in want of.
noun
A tract of unproductive land.Often used in plural:
Translations
عاقِر، قاحِل، غَيْر مُثْمِر
neplodnýneúrodný
ufrugtbar
hedelmätönkarumahosteriili
hrjóstrugur; ófrjór
bevaisisnederlingasnevaisingumas
neauglīgs

barren

[ˈbærən] ADJ [soil] → árido; [plant, woman] → estéril
barren offalto de, desprovisto de

barren

[ˈbærən] adj [period, year] → stérile; [woman, animal] → stérile; [hills, desert, mountains] → aride

barren

adj
unfruchtbar; land alsokarg
(fig) yearsunfruchtbar, unproduktiv; discussion alsofruchtlos; atmosphere alsosteril; style, subjecttrocken; topicunergiebig; the house looks barren without any furnituredas Haus wirkt ohne Möbel leer; a government barren of new ideaseine Regierung, der neue Ideen fehlen or die keinerlei neue Ideen hat
n barrens
pl (esp US) → Ödland nt

barren

[ˈbærn] adj (land) → arido/a, povero/a; (tree) → infruttuoso/a; (animal) → sterile

barren

(ˈbӕrən) adjective
not able to produce crops, fruit, young etc. barren soil; a barren fruit-tree; a barren woman.
ˈbarrenness noun

bar·ren

a. estéril, infecundo-a.
References in classic literature ?
The kingdom of Dancali, to which this belongs, is barren, and thinly peopled; the king is tributary to the Emperor of Abyssinia, and very faithful to his sovereign.
I climbed the barren mountain, And my gaze swept far and wide For the red-lit eaves of my father's home, And I fancied that he sighed: My son has gone for a soldier, For a soldier night and day; But my son is wise, and may yet return, When the drums have died away.
From Athens all through the islands of the Grecian Archipelago, we saw little but forbidding sea-walls and barren hills, sometimes surmounted by three or four graceful columns of some ancient temple, lonely and deserted--a fitting symbol of the desolation that has come upon all Greece in these latter ages.
The old wound opens again--and there I lie bleeding on the barren Shetland moor!
For nearly forty miles that they had explored, the river foamed and roared along through a deep and narrow channel, from twenty to thirty yards wide, which it had worn, in the course of ages, through the heart of a barren, rocky country.
On a nearer approach Barbicane found himself in view of a low, flat country of somewhat barren aspect.
Ay," said Sancho; "it must be that some of your worship's shrewdness sticks to me; land that, of itself, is barren and dry, will come to yield good fruit if you dung it and till it; what I mean is that your worship's conversation has been the dung that has fallen on the barren soil of my dry wit, and the time I have been in your service and society has been the tillage; and with the help of this I hope to yield fruit in abundance that will not fall away or slide from those paths of good breeding that your worship has made in my parched understanding.
So omnipotent is art; which in many a district of New Bedford has superinduced bright terraces of flowers upon the barren refuse rocks thrown aside at creation's final day.
Thou art now the very emblem of an old war-horse turned out on the barren heath thou hast had thy paces in thy time, but now a broken amble is the best of them Come, amble off with thee.
Birds of this order I can show are the greatest wanderers, and are occasionally found on the most remote and barren islands in the open ocean; they would not be likely to alight on the surface of the sea, so that the dirt would not be washed off their feet; when making land, they would be sure to fly to their natural fresh-water haunts.
That the surrounding country was most barren will be readily believed, when it is known that a shower of rain had not fallen during the last thirteen months.
Of all the living creatures upon land and sea, it is ships alone that cannot be taken in by barren pretences, that will not put up with bad art from their masters.