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 emptierdry, vacant, uninhabited, unfilled, unoccupied, hollow, deserted, devoid, desolate, bare, blank, barren, flat, worthless, meaningless, idle, exhaust, drain, consume, dump
Examples from the Web for emptier
Contemporary Examples of emptier
Whether the stadium or the speech was emptier is the obvious question of the moment.Michael Tomasky on Mitt Romney’s Tax-Plan Flim-Flam
February 25, 2012
Historical Examples of emptier
The house was emptier that winter than before, for Susy was at Bryn Mawr.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
When the hack left him at his house he found it emptier than he could have imagined a house could be.In a Little Town
I had supplied his purse, but now his purse was emptier than mine.Simon Dale
She was gone, and the house seemed bigger and emptier after she had left it.Reels and Spindles
The elephant was, however, no emptier than the cottages about which our friends strolled.Their Pilgrimage
Charles Dudley Warner
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