Definition of barrenness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbærənnəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbærənnəs//
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  1. 1the fact of land or soil not being good enough for plants to grow on it the stony barrenness of the land
  2. 2the fact of plants or trees being unable to produce fruit or seeds synonym infertility corn hybrids resistant to barrenness
  3. 3(old-fashioned or formal) the fact of a woman or female animal being unable to produce children or young synonym infertility his wife's barrenness
  4. 4a lack of anything useful or valuable in something synonym emptiness the barrenness of urban life