barren: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (bar'un), [key]
— adj.
  1. not producing or incapable of producing offspring; sterile: a barren woman.
  2. unproductive; unfruitful: barren land.
  3. without capacity to interest or attract: a barren period in American architecture.
  4. mentally unproductive; dull; stupid.
  5. not producing results; fruitless: a barren effort.
  6. destitute; bereft; lacking (usually fol. by of&hasp;): barren of tender feelings.
  1. Usually,level or slightly rolling land, usually with a sandy soil and few trees, and relatively infertile.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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