Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being barren.
  • noun Want of fertility; total or partial sterility: infertility: as, the barrenness of the land.
  • noun Want of the power of producing anything; want of instructiveness, suggestiveness, interest, or the like; want of matter: as, “barrenness of invention,”
  • noun Defect of emotion, sensibility, or fervency.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The condition of being barren; sterility; unproductiveness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The property of being barren; the property of not supporting life.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the state (usually of a woman) of having no children or being unable to have children
  • noun the quality of yielding nothing of value

Etymologies

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barren +‎ -ness

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