Whether the stadium or the speech was emptier is the obvious question of the moment.
Only a portion of the squid remained, and his ink-bag was emptier than ever.
The house was emptier that winter than before, for Susy was at Bryn Mawr.
You are the only bit of light that I ever had, and now it will be darker and emptier for my eyes than ever before!
When the hack left him at his house he found it emptier than he could have imagined a house could be.
Without it work of any kind is against the full tide, and accomplishment is emptier than vanity.
The elephant was, however, no emptier than the cottages about which our friends strolled.
The house was emptier, more old-fashioned and behind the times, more lonely—surprisingly empty and behind the times and lonely.
Again he dipped, and the more he took out, the emptier the kettle grew.
The room appeared harder, barer, emptier than when I had seen it before.
c.1200, from Old English æmettig "at leisure, not occupied, unmarried," from æmetta "leisure," from æ "not" + -metta, from motan "to have" (see might (n.)). The -p- is a euphonic insertion.
Sense evolution from "at leisure" to "empty" is paralleled in several languages, e.g. Modern Greek adeios "empty," originally "freedom from fear," from deios "fear." "The adj. adeios must have been applied first to persons who enjoyed freedom from duties, leisure, and so were unoccupied, whence it was extended to objects that were unoccupied" [Buck].
The adjective also yielded a verb (1520s), replacing Middle English empten, from Old English geæmtigian. Related: Emptied; emptying. Figurative sense of empty-nester first attested 1987. Empty-handed attested from 1610s.