Synonyms for barren

Grammar : Adj
Spell : bar-uhn
Phonetic Transcription : ˈbær ən

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Définition of barren

Origin :
  • c.1200, from Old French baraigne, baraing "sterile, barren" (12c.), perhaps originally brahain, of obscure derivation, perhaps from a Germanic language. In England, originally used of women, of land in France. Of land in English from late 14c. As a noun, mid-13c., "a barren woman;" later of land.
  • BARRENS. Elevated lands, or plains upon which grow small trees, but never timber. [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]
  • adj unable to support growth
  • adj unprofitable
Example sentences :
  • They are barren, till the imagination has tenanted them with possibilities of danger and dismay.
  • Extract from : « Malbone » by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • How long should its followers lurk in the barren lands of the North?
  • Extract from : « The Story of the Malakand Field Force » by Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • But she did not allow herself to fall into the idleness of barren speculation.
  • Extract from : « The Secret Agent » by Joseph Conrad
  • And both were so happy, so all in all to each other, as they left that barren threshold!
  • Extract from : « Night and Morning, Complete » by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Once the earth was but a ball of dead, cold rock and barren sand.
  • Extract from : « Classic Myths » by Mary Catherine Judd
  • Its soil also is also barren, and in every respect like to that I have just mentioned.
  • Extract from : « The History of Louisiana » by Le Page Du Pratz
  • Any one of the following reasons may cause it to be barren of bloom.
  • Extract from : « The Mayflower, January, 1905 » by Various
  • A whole winter was passed on the cold and barren coast of Patagonia.
  • Extract from : « Introductory American History » by Henry Eldridge Bourne
  • For who is able to manure an whole Orchard plot, if it be barren?
  • Extract from : « A New Orchard And Garden » by William Lawson
  • But be sure you set your trees, neither in dung nor barren earth.
  • Extract from : « A New Orchard And Garden » by William Lawson

Antonyms for barren

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