a calorie whose source has little or no nutritional value: Junk food has only empty calories.
Words nearby empty calorie
Origin of empty calorie
An Americanism dating back to 1965–70
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Examples from the Web for empty calorie
After missing that mark with the empty-calorie fluff of Salem, WGN is nailing it with Manhattan.WGN’s ‘Manhattan’ Is Summer’s Best New Show. But Will Anyone Watch?|Kevin Fallon|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Latino groups hate it, and it does seem like an empty-calorie kind of bill, I have to say.Michael Tomasky on Mitt Romney’s Doomed Immigration Gambit|Michael Tomasky|April 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST