adjective, emp·ti·er, emp·ti·est.
verb (used with object), emp·tied, emp·ty·ing.
verb (used without object), emp·tied, emp·ty·ing.
noun, plural emp·ties.
- empson, william,
- empty calorie,
- empty calories,
- empty cow,
- empty morph,
- empty nest
Origin of empty
Examples from the Web for emptied
While the others ordered sundaes, I emptied my pockets into the game.
Ibrahim Hijazi walked me through his barren house, emptied ahead of the demolition.In Jerusalem Home Demolitions, the Biblical Justice of Revenge|Creede Newton|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then there is the Effie who emptied one of their bank accounts because she “liked to shop and look nice.”
He took another drink, looked at the glass, then emptied it.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis|Stanley Booth|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How much innocent blood would have been emptied onto Southern streets?
"Well," she said, "here's the money," and emptied it out on the table.Sister Carrie|Theodore Dreiser
Whereupon they emptied their glasses and sat down, and the soldier rose to his feet.Tales of Fantasy and Fact|Brander Matthews
They emptied their rifles at them, and the things came rolling on.
Enguerrand had his means of spending pocket-money, I mine; but it came to the same thing,—the pockets were emptied.The Parisians, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
First he emptied the powder out of the cartridges into a tray and kept the bullets.The Animal Story Book|Various
adjective -tier or -tiest
verb -ties, -tying or -tied
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for empty
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with empty
- empty calories
- empty nest
- empty suit
- glass is half full (half empty)
- running on empty