- Incapable of producing offspring; producing no young; sterile; -- said of women and female animals."She was barren of children." [Bp. Hall.]
- Not producing vegetation, or useful vegetation; sterile." Barrenmountain tracts." [Macaulay.]
- Unproductive; fruitless; unprofitable; empty."Brilliant but barren reveries." [Prescott.]"Some schemes will appear barren of hints and matter." [Swift.]
- Mentally dull; stupid.
Etymology: OE. barein, OF. brehaing, fem. brehaigne baraigne, F. bréhaigne; of uncertain origin; cf. Arm. brékhañ markhañ, sterile; LL. brana a sterile mare, principally in Aquitanian and Spanish documents; Bisc. barau baru, fasting