(noun, adjective)


1. providing no shelter or sustenance

- barren lands

Similar word(s): inhospitable, bare, bleak, desolate, stark

2. not bearing offspring

- a barren woman

Similar word(s): infertile, sterile, unfertile

3. completely lacking.

- writing barren of insight

Similar word(s): nonexistent, destitute, devoid, free, innocent

Sentences with barren as an adjective:

- 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?


1. an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation

- the barrens of central Africa

Similar word(s): waste, wasteland

Definition categories: location, wild, wilderness

Sentences with barren as a noun:

- The pine barrens are a site lonely enough to suit any hermit.