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Origin of empty

First recorded before 900; Middle English (with intrusive -p- ); Old English ǣm(et)tig “vacant,” from ǣm(et)ta “rest, leisure” (ǣ- a-3 + unattested Germanic mōtithō “accommodation”; cf. must1, meet1) + -ig -y1)

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1. Empty, vacant, blank, void denote absence of content or contents. Empty means without appropriate or accustomed contents: an empty refrigerator. Vacant is usually applied to that which is temporarily unoccupied: a vacant chair; three vacant apartments. Blank applies to surfaces free from any marks or lacking appropriate markings, openings, etc.: blank paper; a blank wall. Void emphasizes completely unfilled space with vague, unspecified, or no boundaries: void and without form.

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British Dictionary definitions for empty

empty
/ (ˈɛmptɪ) /

adjective -tier or -tiest

verb -ties, -tying or -tied

noun plural -ties

an empty container, esp a bottle

Derived forms of empty

emptiable, adjectiveemptier, nounemptily, adverbemptiness, noun

Word Origin for empty

Old English ǣmtig, from æmetta free time, from æ- without + -metta, from mōtan to be obliged to; see must 1
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Idioms and Phrases with empty

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