Barren - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbærən|  American pronunciation of the word barren
Brit.  |ˈbær(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word barren
- an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation (syn: waste, wasteland)
the barrens of central Africa
- providing no shelter or sustenance (syn: bare, bleak, desolate, stark)
barren lands
- not bearing offspring
a barren woman
- completely wanting or lacking (syn: destitute, devoid, free, innocent)
writing barren of insight


Few creatures can thrive on these barren mountaintops.

The book was good, but I found the barren lives of the characters depressing.

...lived out in the barrens where it was impossible to grow anything...

Thousands of years ago the surface was barren desert.

The sports hall was a rather barren concrete building.

I scored five in the first seven games, but I've had a bit of a barren patch since then.

...a barren and drear existence in a remote village...

The land about him was totally barren.

The karoos in the dry season are almost as barren as the wastes of the Sahara.

The restless beating of the barren, bitter sea.

her speech was barren of southernisms

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