barren barren  /ˈbæ rən/


  1. (n) an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation
  2. (adj) providing no shelter or sustenance
  3. (adj) not bearing offspring
  4. (adj) completely wanting or lacking

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  1. The barren landscape of post-World War II Germany nourished radical new ideas that would take root not just there but across the Continent.
  2. Today, amid rising fuel costs, food safety scares and growing environmental awareness, a chemically treated and verdant but nutritionally barren lawn seems wasteful, he says.
  3. For decades the barren, overcrowded Mezzogiornothe southern two-fifths of Italy that has 37% of the nation's populationhas been a vast poorhouse.


  1. 10:30 MORNING UPDATE: Woman injured in Franks Mill-outer loop collision

    GLASGOW — The Barren County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle accident on Veterans Outer Loop on Thursday afternoon that sent a Knob Lick woman to the hospital, according to a BCSO press release.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Glasgow Daily Times

  2. No Free Lunch

    Barren County School District is finding methods to collect on approximately $20,000 in unpaid student school lunch debt. One of the methods to recoup costs is through small claims court. Seven parents are scheduled to appear in Barren County District Small Claims Court on Friday afternoon.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Glasgow Daily Times

  3. Bass being caught among trees on Barren River Lake

    GLASGOW — Barren River Lake is back down to within a couple of feet of summer pool and fishing has been good there. Some of my Oldtimer friends were finding bass back in the trees and grass and throwing shallow running crank baits.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Glasgow Daily Times


  1. "It is extraordinarily important that I, as the leader, am on that wind-swept, barren Lake Albert, with the water disappearing, speaking to a couple and woman holding her baby who say to me: 'Brendan, we have 300 cows to water in the morning and...
    on Apr 12, 2008 By: Brendan Nelson Source: Southern Highland News

  2. After UFC 100 in July, Franklin said, the UFC "really left themselves kind of barren with nobody to headline their show. They needed me for 103," he said, "and although I would have rather taken some time off, they called me and asked me to...
    on Jun 12, 2010 By: Sir John Franklin Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

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