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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 ?
In short, so rapidly had the savage sounds diffused themselves over the barren rock, that it was not difficult for the anxious listeners to imagine they could be heard beneath, as in truth they were above on every side of them.
It had its drawbacks; such as hunger and thirst, inclement weather, hot sunshine, and weary and foot-blistering marches over barren and ugly tracts, that lay between the sites desirable for their fertility and beauty.
Would he not suddenly sink into the earth, leaving a barren and blasted spot, where, in due course of time, would be seen deadly nightshade, dogwood, henbane, and whatever else of vegetable wickedness the climate could produce, all flourishing with hideous luxuriance?
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.
So I am a Yankee of the Yankees -- and practical; yes, and nearly barren of sentiment, I suppose -- or poetry, in other words.
In the grounds, a few rods from the palace, stands the Margravine's chapel, just as she left it--a coarse wooden structure, wholly barren of ornament.
All the music that they had ever heard before seemed spiritless prentice-work and barren of grace and charm when compared with these intoxicating floods of melodious sound.
She was very showy, but she was not genuine: she had a fine person, many brilliant attainments; but her mind was poor, her heart barren by nature: nothing bloomed spontaneously on that soil; no unforced natural fruit delighted by its freshness.
For scores of years gone by, Monseigneur had squeezed it and wrung it, and had seldom graced it with his presence except for the pleasures of the chase--now, found in hunting the people; now, found in hunting the beasts, for whose preservation Monseigneur made edifying spaces of barbarous and barren wilderness.
The old man, in a voice that seldom rose above the howling of the wind upon the barren waste, was singing them a Christmas song -- it had been a very old song when he was a boy -- and from time to time they all joined in the chorus.
To them pain and mishap present a far wider range of possibilities than gladness and enjoyment: their imagination is almost barren of the images that feed desire and hope, but is all overgrown by recollections that are a perpetual pasture to fear.
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.