- 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.
- 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.
- to become empty: The room emptied rapidly after the lecture.
- to discharge contents, as a river: The river empties into the sea.
- Informal. something that is empty, as a box, bottle, or can: Throw the empties into the waste bin.
Origin of empty
SynonymsSee more synonyms for empty on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for emptied
While the others ordered sundaes, I emptied my pockets into the game.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
Ibrahim Hijazi walked me through his barren house, emptied ahead of the demolition.In Jerusalem Home Demolitions, the Biblical Justice of Revenge
November 25, 2014
Then there is the Effie who emptied one of their bank accounts because she “liked to shop and look nice.”Speed Read: Marion Barry’s Crazy Memoir
June 18, 2014
He took another drink, looked at the glass, then emptied it.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis
June 7, 2014
How much innocent blood would have been emptied onto Southern streets?The Roots of the GOP’s Race Problem
May 22, 2014
Chip took the cigarette from his lips and emptied his lungs of smoke.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
He set about gathering the water bottles and gourds that had not been emptied.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
When I had emptied myself of my chaff, I perceived that the time had come.Questionable Shapes
William Dean Howells
He emptied the cistern, and cleansed it, with plentiful washings.Tiverton Tales
When he had swallowed a little, he took the glass himself and emptied it.Little Dorrit
- containing nothing
- 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
- informal hungry
- (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
- 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
- an empty container, esp a bottle
Word Origin and History for emptied
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.
Idioms and Phrases with emptied
In addition to the idioms beginning with empty
- empty calories
- empty nest
- empty suit
- glass is half full (half empty)
- running on empty