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 emptydry, vacant, uninhabited, unfilled, unoccupied, hollow, deserted, devoid, desolate, bare, blank, barren, flat, worthless, meaningless, idle, exhaust, drain, consume, dump
Examples from the Web for empty
Contemporary Examples of empty
He defied the atheism of communism and the empty religious practices of Putinism.Remembering the Russian Priest Who Fought the Orthodox Church
December 28, 2014
Otherwise, we will be but celebrating an empty holiday, missing its true meaning altogether.Jesus Wasn’t Born Rich. Think About It.
December 25, 2014
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
December 18, 2014
If they are in fact linked to North Korea, the threat may not be as empty as people think.Kim Jong Un’s Kid Gloves Are Now Off
Gordon G. Chang
December 17, 2014
The JMG office that just a few days ago received victims of human rights abuse is now empty, covered in black ash.Putin’s Favorite Acolyte Terrorizes Human Rights Activists
December 14, 2014
Historical Examples of empty
Man followed their example and searched until he found an empty grotto.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
The roads are empty, the fields are deserted, the houses of entertainment are closed.Sunday under Three Heads
"As empty as an English squire, coz," cried the first speaker.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
It was a large dry cellar, empty save for the old packing-case.Weighed and Wanting
Although he ate little, the dining-room was empty when he finished.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
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