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.
Origin of empty
Synonyms for empty
Antonyms for empty
Related Words for emptiedexhaust, drain, consume, dump, unload, leak, clear, escape, evacuate, purge, deplete, gut, vacate, discharge, drink, tap, ebb, eject, expel, disgorge
Examples from the Web for emptied
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of emptied
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
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