empty nester

or emp·ty-nest·er


a parent whose children have reached adulthood and left home.

Nearby words

  1. empty calorie,
  2. empty calories,
  3. empty cow,
  4. empty morph,
  5. empty nest,
  6. empty set,
  7. empty suit,
  8. empty word,
  9. empty-handed,
  10. empty-headed

Origin of empty nester

First recorded in 1960–65; empty nest + -er1

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