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barren

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of barren

  1. 1 producing inferior or only a small amount of vegetation <if tobacco fields aren't allowed to lie idle once every few years, they will become barren> Synonyms bony (also boney), dead, desolate, hardscrabble, impoverished, infertile, poor, stark, unfertile, unproductive, waste Related Words bleak, inhospitable, lifeless; uncultivable, untillable; bankrupted, consumed, debilitated, depleted, diminished, drained, dried-up, enfeebled, exhausted, expended, lessened, reduced, spent, used up; arid, desert, droughty, dry, rainless, sere (also sear), thirsty, waterless; baked, dehydrated, parched, sunbaked Near Antonyms arable, tillable; green, sylvan, verdant Antonyms fertile, fruitful, lush, luxuriant, productive, rich

  2. 2 not able to produce fruit or offspring <the pear tree appears to be barren> Synonyms sterile, fruitless, impotent, infertile, unfruitfulRelated Words altered, desexed, neutered, sterilized; castrated, emasculated, gelded; spayed; unproductiveNear Antonyms fecund, luxuriant, productive, prolific; enriched, fertilized, rich; impregnated, pregnant; potent; bearing, producing, yielding; blooming, bursting, flourishing, swarming, teemingAntonyms fat, fertile, fruitful

  3. 3 producing no results <that line of investigation proved barren, so the police tried other avenues> Synonyms abortive, futile, bootless, empty, fruitless, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, otiose, profitless, unavailing, unproductive, unprofitable, unsuccessful, useless, vainRelated Words hollow, idle, meaningless, pointless, valueless, worthless; hopeless, impossible, lost, no-win, unattainable; inadequate, insufficient, lacking, wanting; counterproductiveNear Antonyms meaningful, worthwhile; adequate, sufficient; applicable, feasible, functional, practicable, practical, realizable, usable (also useable), workableAntonyms deadly, effective, effectual, efficacious, efficient, fruitful, potent, productive, profitable, successful, virtuous

  4. 4 utterly lacking in something needed, wanted, or expected <their proposal for revitalizing the downtown business district is utterly barren of useful ideas> Synonyms bankrupt, bare, devoid, bereft, destitute, voidRelated Words blank, empty, innocent, stark, vacant, wanting; deficient, fragmental, fragmentary, incomplete, insufficient, partial, short; absent, missingNear Antonyms furnished, provided, supplied; brimming, bulging, bursting, chock-full (or chockful), crammed, crowded, fat, jammed, jam-packed, loaded, packed, saturated, stuffed; abounding, swarming, teeming, thick, throngingAntonyms filled, flush, fraught, full, replete, rife




barren

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of barren

  1. land that is uninhabited or not fit for crops <lived out in the barrens where it was impossible to grow anything> Synonyms wasteland, desert, desolation, heath, no-man's-land, wasteRelated Words badland; brush, bush; dust bowl; open, open air, outdoors, out-of-doors; nature, wild, wilderness




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