- barren ground caribou,
- barren grounds,
- barren lands,
- barren strawberry,
Origin of barren
Examples from the Web for barren
First, though, he has to be shocked into recognizing the barren waste of his spiritual life – by spirits.
Without it in the atmosphere, the Earth would be a barren, frozen wasteland.
Ibrahim Hijazi walked me through his barren house, emptied ahead of the demolition.In Jerusalem Home Demolitions, the Biblical Justice of Revenge|Creede Newton|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Shibirghan, the capital of Jowzjan province, is a remote and barren place, even by Afghan standards.The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan: An Excerpt From Bruce Riedel’s ’What We Won’|Bruce Riedel|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In an ugly, barren press conference, they demanded a new election.McDaniel Supporters Allege Fundraising Violations by NRSC|Ben Jacobs|July 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He had been more affected than he would confess by that welcome out on the barren.East Angels|Constance Fenimore Woolson
The meetings of Miss Anthony and her co-workers were but poorly attended and all but barren of results.Labor and Freedom|Eugene V. Debs
Surely the country was not so crowded with people as to demand the utilization of so barren a region.Canyons of the Colorado|J. W. Powell
It is about ten miles long, and six broad, and is as a general thing, a barren waste.Torrey's Narrative|William Torrey
The whole country is stony and barren, and millet is the only kind of grain that it produces.
Word Origin for barren
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]