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
Examples from the Web for emptily
And she was walking with Mr. Pond down the corridor, which was so long, echoing so emptily.V. V.'s Eyes|Henry Sydnor Harrison
To us it seems far out of focus and expressed about as emptily and unhappily as possible.The Color Line|William Benjamin Smith
Plan after plan was brought forward and set aside for this reason or for that, till at length they stared at each other emptily.The Lady Of Blossholme|H. Rider Haggard
And then he emptily talks of the "magnificent sweep of my eloquence," and my "oratoric power."Apologia pro Vita Sua|John Henry Newman
He looked into it with sharp scrutiny, and tapped it emptily on his open palm.The Turtles of Tasman|Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for emptily
adjective -tier or -tiest
verb -ties, -tying or -tied
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for empty
Word Origin and History for emptily
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 emptily
In addition to the idioms beginning with empty
- empty calories
- empty nest
- empty suit
- glass is half full (half empty)
- running on empty