barren


1bar·ren

adjective \ˈber-ən, ˈba-rən\

: having very few plants : not suitable for plants

: not producing fruit or not able to produce fruit

of a woman or female animal : not able to produce children or offspring

Full Definition of BARREN

1
:  not reproducing: as
a :  incapable of producing offspring —used especially of females or matings
b :  not yet or not recently pregnant
c :  habitually failing to fruit
2
:  not productive: as
a :  producing little or no vegetation :  desolate <barren deserts>
b :  producing inferior crops <barren soil>
c :  unproductive of results or gain :  fruitless <a barren scheme>
3
:  devoid, lacking —used with of <barren of excitement>
4
:  lacking interest or charm <a barren routine>
5
:  lacking inspiration or ideas <a barren mind>
bar·ren·ly adverb
bar·ren·ness \-ə(n)-nəs\ noun

Examples of BARREN

  1. Few creatures can thrive on these barren mountaintops.
  2. The book was good, but I found the barren lives of the characters depressing.

Origin of BARREN

Middle English bareine, from Anglo-French barain, perhaps of Celtic origin; akin to Middle Welsh brynar fallow land
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra

Rhymes with BARREN

2barren

noun

Definition of BARREN

1
plural :  an extent of usually level land having an inferior growth of trees or little vegetation
2
:  a tract of barren land

Examples of BARREN

  1. <lived out in the barrens where it was impossible to grow anything>

First Known Use of BARREN

1651

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra

bar·ren

adjective \ˈbar-ən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BARREN

: incapable of producing offspring—used especially of females or matings
bar·ren·ness \-ən-nəs\ noun

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