barren

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English bareyne, from Anglo-Norman baraigne, baraing (sterile; barren), of obscure origin; probably from a Germanic language, perhaps Frankish *bar (bare; barren), from Proto-Germanic *bazaz (bare). More at bare.

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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.
    • 1843, William H. Prescott, History of the Conquest of Mexico
      brilliant but barren reveries
    • Augusr 28, 1731, Jonathan Swift, letter to John Gay
      But schemes are perfectly accidental. Some will appear barren of hints and matter, but prove to be fruitful.
    • 2011 September 2, Phil McNulty, “Bulgaria 0-3 England”, in 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.
    • 2017, BioWare, Mass Effect: Andromeda (Science Fiction), Redwood City: Electronic Arts, OCLC 1261299044, PC, scene: Technology: Terraforming Codex entry:
      Terraforming even a barren planet often involves significant financial and ethical hurdles.
  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]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /baren/, [ba.rẽ̞n]

Etymology 1[edit]

Adjective[edit]

barren (comparative barrenago, superlative barrenen, excessive barrenegi)

  1. deep
Declension[edit]
Declension of barren (adjective, ending in consonant)
indefinite singular plural
absolutive barren barrena barrenak
ergative barrenek barrenak barrenek
dative barreni barrenari barrenei
genitive barrenen barrenaren barrenen
comitative barrenekin barrenarekin barrenekin
causative barrenengatik barrenarengatik barrenengatik
benefactive barrenentzat barrenarentzat barrenentzat
instrumental barrenez barrenaz barrenez
inessive anim. barrenengan barrenarengan barrenengan
inanim. barrenetan barrenean barrenetan
locative anim.
inanim. barrenetako barreneko barrenetako
allative anim. barrenengana barrenarengana barrenengana
inanim. barrenetara barrenera barrenetara
terminative anim. barrenenganaino barrenarenganaino barrenenganaino
inanim. barrenetaraino barreneraino barrenetaraino
directive anim. barrenenganantz barrenarenganantz barrenenganantz
inanim. barrenetarantz barrenerantz barrenetarantz
destinative anim. barrenenganako barrenarenganako barrenenganako
inanim. barrenetarako barrenerako barrenetarako
ablative anim. barrenengandik barrenarengandik barrenengandik
inanim. barrenetatik barrenetik barrenetatik
partitive barrenik
prolative barrentzat

Noun[edit]

barren inan

  1. interior
  2. guts, stomach
  3. (figuratively) soul, spirit
Declension[edit]
Declension of barren (inanimate, ending in consonant)
indefinite singular plural
absolutive barren barrena barrenak
ergative barrenek barrenak barrenek
dative barreni barrenari barrenei
genitive barrenen barrenaren barrenen
comitative barrenekin barrenarekin barrenekin
causative barrenengatik barrenarengatik barrenengatik
benefactive barrenentzat barrenarentzat barrenentzat
instrumental barrenez barrenaz barrenez
inessive barrenetan barrenean barrenetan
locative barrenetako barreneko barrenetako
allative barrenetara barrenera barrenetara
terminative barrenetaraino barreneraino barrenetaraino
directive barrenetarantz barrenerantz barrenetarantz
destinative barrenetarako barrenerako barrenetarako
ablative barrenetatik barrenetik barrenetatik
partitive barrenik
prolative barrentzat

Etymology 2[edit]

barren

  1. A particle used to give certainty or emphasis.
    Jada dakit barren!I already know that!

Further reading[edit]

  • barren” in Euskaltzaindiaren Hiztegia, euskaltzaindia.eus
  • barren” in Orotariko Euskal Hiztegia, euskaltzaindia.eus

Catalan[edit]

Verb[edit]

barren

  1. third-person plural present indicative form of barrar

Middle English[edit]

Adjective[edit]

barren

  1. Alternative form of bareyne

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Noun[edit]

barren m

  1. definite singular of barre

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Noun[edit]

barren m

  1. definite singular of barre

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbaren/, [ˈba.rẽn]

Verb[edit]

barren

  1. Second-person plural (ustedes) imperative form of barrar.
  2. Second-person plural (ustedes) present subjunctive form of barrar.
  3. Third-person plural (ellos, ellas, also used with ustedes?) present subjunctive form of barrar.
  4. Second-person plural (ustedes) present indicative form of barrer.
  5. 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