Origin of barren
Synonyms for barren
Antonyms for barren
Examples from the Web for barrenness
Historical Examples of barrenness
The barrenness of the Causses arises, as will be seen, from natural causes.The Roof of France
Nature seemed to try to conceal the barrenness of the spot with beauty.
Directly ahead was a land of desolation, radiant in its barrenness.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
We are struck with the aspect of barrenness caused by the absence of vegetation.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
You will love it through all its barrenness, and never part with it.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
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]