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- (not comparable) If a woman is barren, she is unable to bear children.
- Synonym: sterile
- Antonym: fertile
- I silently wept as my daughter's husband rejected her. What would she do now that she was no longer a maiden but also barren?
- If a piece of land is barren, it is not producing vegetation.
- If a place is barren, it is dull and lifeless.
- Synonym: bleak