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 emptilydesperately, sadly, dispiritedly, cynically, darkly, dejectedly, desolately, despairingly, despondently, disconsolately, dismally, emptily, gloomily, pessimistically
Examples from the Web for emptily
Historical Examples of emptily
He looked into it with sharp scrutiny, and tapped it emptily on his open palm.The Turtles of Tasman
He's a curiously wrought cabinet full of shells and other trumpery, which were much better quite empty than so emptily filled.History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2)
Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
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
To us it seems far out of focus and expressed about as emptily and unhappily as possible.The Color Line
William Benjamin Smith
And then he emptily talks of the "magnificent sweep of my eloquence," and my "oratoric power."Apologia pro Vita Sua
John Henry Newman
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