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barren | spayed | Related terms |

Barren is a related term of spayed.

As a noun barren

is bar.

As a verb spayed is





  • (label) Unable to bear children; sterile.
  • 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 ?
  • Of poor fertility, infertile; not producing vegetation.
  • * (1800–1859)
  • barren mountain tracts
  • * '>citation
  • Bleak.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Michael Arlen), title= “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days, chapter=Ep./4/2
  • , passage=As they turned into Hertford Street they startled a robin from the poet's head on a barren fountain, and he fled away with a cameo note.}}
  • Unproductive; fruitless; unprofitable; empty.
  • * (1796-1859)
  • brilliant but barren reveries
  • * (Jonathan Swift) (1667–1745)
  • Some schemes will appear barren of hints and matter.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=September 2, author=Phil McNulty, work=BBC
  • , title= Bulgaria 0-3 England , passage=Rooney had been suffered a barren spell for England with only one goal in 15 games but he was in no mood to ignore the gifts on offer in front of an increasingly subdued Bulgarian support.}}
  • Mentally dull; stupid.
  • * (William Shakespeare), (Hamlet), III.ii. ca. 1602
  • Set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too.


    * sterile


    * fertile * fruitful


    (en noun)
  • An area of low fertility and habitation, a desolate place.
  • The pine barrens are a site lonely enough to suit any hermit.




  • (spay)

  • spay


    Etymology 1

    From the (etyl) espeier, equivalent to the (etyl) .

    Alternative forms

    * (l) * (l)


  • To remove or destroy the ovaries (of an animal) so that it cannot become pregnant.
  • Synonyms
    * castrate, emasculate (for a male) * geld * neuter * sterilize (used for all species and for both genders)


    * “ spay, v.'']” listed in the '' [2nd Ed.; 1989

    Etymology 2

    See spayard.


    (en noun)
  • References

    * “ spay]” listed as a variant spelling of “[http://dictionary.oed.com/cgi/entry/50232517 spaya(r)d, spayd]”, listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989