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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fal-oh]
    • /ˈfæl oʊ/
    • /ˈfæl.əʊ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fal-oh]
    • /ˈfæl oʊ/

Definitions of fallow word

  • adjective fallow pale-yellow; light-brown; dun. 1
  • noun fallow land that has undergone plowing and harrowing and has been left unseeded for one or more growing seasons. 1
  • verb with object fallow to make (land) fallow for agricultural purposes. 1
  • noun fallow (of farmland) plowed and harrowed but left unsown for a period in order to restore its fertility as part of a crop rotation or to avoid surplus production. 1
  • adjective fallow land: uncultivated 1
  • adjective fallow not used 1

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Origin of fallow

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; Middle English falwe; compare Old English fealga, plural of *fealh, as gloss of Medieval Latin occas harrows

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Parts of speech for Fallow


fallow popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for fallow

adj fallow

  • virgin — a person who has never had sexual intercourse.
  • idle — not working or active; unemployed; doing nothing: idle workers.
  • slack — not tight, taut, firm, or tense; loose: a slack rope.
  • dormant — lying asleep or as if asleep; inactive, as in sleep; torpid: The lecturer's sudden shout woke the dormant audience.
  • inert — having no inherent power of action, motion, or resistance (opposed to active): inert matter.

noun fallow

  • pasture — Rogier [French raw-zhee-ey] /French rɔ ʒiˈeɪ/ (Show IPA), or Roger [French raw-zhey] /French rɔˈʒeɪ/ (Show IPA), de la [French duh-la] /French də la/ (Show IPA), Weyden, Rogier van der.

adjective fallow

  • inactive — not active: an inactive volcano.
  • uncreative — having the quality or power of creating.
  • barren — A barren landscape is dry and bare, and has very few plants and no trees.
  • sterile — free from living germs or microorganisms; aseptic: sterile surgical instruments.
  • infertile — not fertile; unproductive; sterile; barren: infertile soil.

Antonyms for fallow

adj fallow

  • cultivated — If you describe someone as cultivated, you mean they are well educated and have good manners.
  • developed — If you talk about developed countries or the developed world, you mean the countries or the parts of the world that are wealthy and have many industries.
  • used — previously used or owned; secondhand: a used car.
  • active — Someone who is active moves around a lot or does a lot of things.

adjective fallow

  • creative — A creative person has the ability to invent and develop original ideas, especially in the arts.

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