lacking intelligence or knowledge; foolish; brainless.

Origin of empty-headed

First recorded in 1640–50
Related formsemp·ty-head·ed·ness, noun
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  • He was as silent and sagacious as Sarah was talkative and empty-headed.

    The Peace Egg and Other tales

    Juliana Horatia Ewing

  • Both were young, pretty, and empty-headed; neither was burdened with children nor ideas.

    Under Fire

    Charles King

  • Henrietta Hen was an empty-headed creature with strange notions.

    The Tale of Benny Badger

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • The most sanguine and empty-headed of mortals would never have looked for it in her.


    Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • He would never have been more than an empty-headed pleasure-seeker.

    The Art of Disappearing

    John Talbot Smith

British Dictionary definitions for empty-headed



lacking intelligence or sense; frivolous
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