barren

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French baraigne (sterile, barren).

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Adjective[edit]

barren (comparative barrener or more barren, superlative barrenest or most barren)

  1. (not comparable) Unable to bear children; sterile.
    I silently wept as my daughter's husband rejected her. What would she do now that she was no longer a maiden but also barren?
  2. Of poor fertility, infertile; not producing vegetation.
  3. Bleak.
  4. Unproductive; fruitless; unprofitable; empty.
    • William H. Prescott (1796-1859)
      brilliant but barren reveries
    • Jonathan Swift (1667–1745)
      Some schemes will appear barren of hints and matter.
    • 2011 September 2, Phil McNulty, “Bulgaria 0-3 England”, BBC:
      Rooney had been suffered a barren spell for England with only one goal in 15 games but he was in no mood to ignore the gifts on offer in front of an increasingly subdued Bulgarian support.
  5. Mentally dull; stupid.

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Noun[edit]

barren (plural barrens)

  1. An area of low fertility and habitation, a desolate place.
    The pine barrens are a site lonely enough to suit any hermit.

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Basque[edit]

Adjective[edit]

barren

  1. deep

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

barren

  1. Second-person plural (ustedes) present indicative form of barrer.
  2. Third-person plural (ellos, ellas, also used with ustedes?) present indicative form of barrer.

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

barren

  1. definite singular of barr
  2. definite plural of barr