Definition of barren adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbærən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbærən//
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  1. 1(of land or soil) not good enough for plants to grow on it a barren desert a barren landscape (= one that is empty, with few plants) Wordfinderbarren, fertile, landscape, lush, mountainous, rolling, rugged, undulate, volcanic, wooded See related entries: Other geographic regions, Describing geographic regions
  2. 2(of plants or trees) not producing fruit or seeds synonym infertile
  3. 3(old-fashioned or formal) (of women or female animals) not able to produce children or young animals synonym infertile
  4. 4[usually before noun] not producing anything useful or successful The team will come through this barren patch and start to win again.
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French barhaine, of unknown origin.
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