barren


barren
bar|ren [ˈbærən] adj
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old French; Origin: baraine]
1.) land or soil that is barren has no plants growing on it
Thousands of years ago the surface was barren desert.
2.) old-fashioned unable to produce children or baby animals - used of a woman or of female animals
≠ ↑fertile
3.) a tree or plant that is barren does not produce fruit or seeds
4.) used to describe something that does not look interesting or attractive
The sports hall was a rather barren concrete building.
5.) used to describe a period of time during which you do not achieve anything or get any useful results
I scored five in the first seven games, but I've had a bit of a barren patch since then.

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