1. [ adjective ] not fertile or productive
Synonyms: infertile

"a barren tree" "soil too infertile to sustain real pasture"

Related terms: unfruitful
2. [ adjective ] without offspring
Synonyms: childless

"in some societies a barren woman is rejected by her tribesmen"

Related terms: unfruitful
3. [ adjective ] incapable of sustaining life

"the dead and barren Moon"

Related terms: dead
4. [ adjective ] not bearing offspring
Synonyms: sterile

"a barren woman" "learned early in his marriage that he was sterile"

Related terms: infertile
5. [ adjective ] providing no shelter or sustenance
Synonyms: desolate bleak stark bare

"bare rocky hills" "barren lands" "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes" "the desolate surface of the moon" "a stark landscape"

Related terms: inhospitable
6. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 17461
7. [ noun ] (geography) an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation
Synonyms: wasteland waste

"the barrens of central Africa" "the trackless wastes of the desert"

Related terms: wilderness heath
Similar spelling:   barn