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.
SYNONYMS FOR empty
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Origin of empty
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OTHER WORDS FROM empty
Words nearby empty
What is a basic definition of empty?
Empty describes something as containing nothing or to remove contents from something. Empty also describes something that is meaningless. Empty has several other senses as an adjective and a verb.
If something is empty, there is nothing in it. Empty is the opposite of full and is used to describe anything that has a complete absence of contents. Sometimes, empty has slightly different specific meanings depending on context. For example, an empty room might only lack people or it might be totally bare, with no furniture. Empty is also used in many figurative expressions, such as “an empty head,” meaning the person is unintelligent.
- Real-life examples: An empty box has nothing inside it. An empty refrigerator has no food or anything else inside of it. An empty gascan has zero gas in it.
- Used in a sentence: Luis drank the bottle of soda until it was totally empty.
In a similar sense, empty is used as a verb to mean to remove contents from something or to become empty.
- Used in a sentence: Antonio emptied the bucket of water into the river.
As an adjective, empty can also describe something as being meaningless or hollow.
- Real-life examples: If you give an empty compliment, you don’t actually mean the compliment or believe it to be true. An empty gesture is one that you don’t intend on doing or that won’t have any effect, like offering to help your friend with math when you don’t understand the math problems, either. If you have an empty life, you think your life doesn’t have any meaning or purpose.
- Used in a sentence: My sister laughed at my empty threats of breaking her smartphone because she knew I would never actually do it.
Where does empty come from?
The first records of empty come from before the 900s. It comes from the Old English ǣmtig, meaning “vacant,” which comes from æmetta, meaning “free time” or “leisure.”
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What are some other forms related to empty?
- emptiness (noun)
- emptiable (adjective)
- emptier (noun)
- emptily (adverb)
- overempty (adjective)
- quasi-empty (adjective)
- self-emptiness (noun)
- self-emptying (adjective)
- unemptied (adjective)
- unempty (adjective)
What are some synonyms for empty?
What are some words that share a root or word element with empty?
What are some words that often get used in discussing empty?
How is empty used in real life?
Empty is a very common word used to describe things that have nothing in them.
Amazon shipped me an empty box instead of the product I ordered, and now wants me to ship it back to get a refund
— Rogue Dad, M.D. (@RogueDadMD) December 16, 2020
How did I spend my evening, you might ask? A soda can exploded in my fridge and I had to empty it and scrub everything.
— Michelle 🦄 (@MichBell) October 2, 2020
Putin has said he will retaliate if Syria is attacked.
Putin is not known for making empty threats.
Expect Russia to retaliate.
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) April 14, 2018
Try using empty!
Is empty used correctly in the following sentence?
There was too much paint in the bucket so I emptied it until it was only half-full.
Example sentences from the Web for empty
He defied the atheism of communism and the empty religious practices of Putinism.Remembering the Russian Priest Who Fought the Orthodox Church|Cathy Young|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Otherwise, we will be but celebrating an empty holiday, missing its true meaning altogether.
Later schools empty out children, who race over to play games in the shade.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On Thursday, Russian bloggers published pictures of empty shelves in stores that once sold electric goods.After His Disastrous Annual Press Conference, Putin Needs A Hug|Anna Nemtsova|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If they are in fact linked to North Korea, the threat may not be as empty as people think.
Herein he found an empty stall that was dark enough not to be seen, and still afforded sufficient light to read in.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
When the funeral was over, and they returned to their desolate home, at the sight of the empty cradle Ramona broke down.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
A quite young child will, for example, pretend to do something, as to take an empty cup and carry out the semblance of drinking.Children's Ways|James Sully
For his heart seemed alternately full and empty; all the life he had was centred there.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
In Flanders, he says, they would never attack with empty limbers behind them; they would wait till they were full up.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for empty
adjective -tier or -tiest
verb -ties, -tying or -tied
noun plural -ties
Derived forms of emptyemptiable, adjectiveemptier, nounemptily, adverbemptiness, noun
Word Origin for empty
Idioms and Phrases with empty
In addition to the idioms beginning with empty
- empty calories
- empty nest
- empty suit
- glass is half full (half empty)
- running on empty