[ emp-tee ]
/ ˈɛmp ti /
adjective, emp·ti·er, emp·ti·est.
containing nothing; having none of the usual or appropriate contents: an empty bottle.
vacant; unoccupied: an empty house.
without cargo or load: an empty wagon.
destitute of people or human activity: We walked along the empty streets of the city at night.
destitute of some quality or qualities; devoid (usually followed by of): Theirs is a life now empty of happiness.
without force, effect, or significance; hollow; meaningless: empty compliments; empty pleasures.
not employed in useful activity or work; idle: empty summer days.
Mathematics. (of a set) containing no elements; null; void.
hungry: I'm feeling rather empty—let's have lunch.
without knowledge or sense; frivolous; foolish: an empty head.
completely spent of emotion: The experience had left him with an empty heart.
verb (used with object), emp·tied, emp·ty·ing.
to make empty; deprive of contents; discharge the contents of: to empty a bucket.
to discharge (contents): to empty the water out of a bucket.
verb (used without object), emp·tied, emp·ty·ing.
to become empty: The room emptied rapidly after the lecture.
to discharge contents, as a river: The river empties into the sea.
noun, plural emp·ties.
Informal. something that is empty, as a box, bottle, or can: Throw the empties into the waste bin.
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Origin of empty
SYNONYMS FOR empty
1 vacuous. Empty, vacant, blank, void denote absence of content or contents. Empty means without appropriate or accustomed contents: an empty refrigerator. Vacant is usually applied to that which is temporarily unoccupied: a vacant chair; three vacant apartments. Blank applies to surfaces free from any marks or lacking appropriate markings, openings, etc.: blank paper; a blank wall. Void emphasizes completely unfilled space with vague, unspecified, or no boundaries: void and without form.
6 delusive, vain.
12 unload, unburden.
ANTONYMS FOR empty
OTHER WORDS FROM empty
emp·ti·a·ble, adjectiveemp·ti·er, nounemp·ti·ly, adverbemp·ti·ness, noun
o·ver·emp·ty, adjectivequa·si-emp·ty, adjectiveself-emp·ti·ness, nounself-emp·ty·ing, adjectiveun·emp·tied, adjectiveun·emp·ty, adjective
Words nearby empty
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British Dictionary definitions for emptiable
/ (ˈɛmptɪ) /
adjective -tier or -tiest
without inhabitants; vacant or unoccupied
carrying no load, passengers, etc
without purpose, substance, or valuean empty life
insincere or trivialempty words
not expressive or vital; vacantshe has an empty look
(postpositive foll by of) devoid; destitutea life empty of happiness
informal drained of energy or emotionafter the violent argument he felt very empty
maths logic (of a set or class) containing no members
philosophy logic (of a name or description) having no reference
verb -ties, -tying or -tied
to make or become empty
(when intr, foll by into) to discharge (contents)
(tr often foll by of) to unburden or rid (oneself)to empty oneself of emotion
noun plural -ties
an empty container, esp a bottle
Derived forms of emptyemptiable, adjectiveemptier, nounemptily, adverbemptiness, noun
Word Origin for empty
Old English ǣmtig, from æmetta free time, from æ- without + -metta, from mōtan to be obliged to; see must 1
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Idioms and Phrases with emptiable
In addition to the idioms beginning with empty
- empty calories
- empty nest
- empty suit
- glass is half full (half empty)
- running on empty
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