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noun

(especially in Chinese grammar) a word or morpheme that has no lexical meaning and that functions as a grammatical link or marker, rather than as a contentive.

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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.

Origin of empty word

First recorded in 1890–95
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