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.
- empson, william,
- empty calorie,
- empty calories,
- empty cow,
- empty morph,
- empty nest
Origin of empty
Examples from the Web for emptiness
Netherland, published in 2008, attempted to capture a feeling of emptiness in the West after the catastrophic events of 9/11.Joseph O'Neill's 'The Dog' Has a Dystopian Dubai as Modernity's Stand-In|J.P. O’Malley|September 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When I contemplate God among the dead I find only emptiness and silence.
Now I think that many are beginning to experience the rawness of the trauma, emptiness, and loss.
“I walk around with an emptiness that no one or anything has been able to fill,” she wrote.34 Years Later, Gunshots Still Echo From a Senseless Killing|Michael Daly|March 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Of a Sunday, Wall-street is deserted as Petra; and every night of every day it is an emptiness.
He'd come to supper of a Sunday and eat enormous; though never did we get anything in return but emptiness and silence.The Torch and Other Tales|Eden Phillpotts
The perusal of the first part left a feeling of emptiness and despair behind it.The Growth of a Soul|August Strindberg
And even when the work was done, the emptiness of the honor did not convince the Judge that this is not a material world.In the Heart of a Fool|William Allen White
O Sariputra, he said, form here is emptiness, and emptiness indeed is form.Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic|Sidney L. Gulick
The houses had no wakefulness, they were but seen to stand, and the light was a revelation of emptiness.The Short Works of George Meredith|George Meredith
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