adjective, emp·ti·er, emp·ti·est.
verb (used with object), emp·tied, emp·ty·ing.
verb (used without object), emp·tied, emp·ty·ing.
noun, plural emp·ties.
- empson, william,
- empty calorie,
- empty calories,
- empty cow,
- empty morph,
- empty nest
Origin of empty
Examples from the Web for self-emptying
She was a self-righting, self-emptying boat, belonging to the Lifeboat Institution.
The self-righting and self-emptying principles he seems not to have thought of; at all events he did not compass them.
The self-emptying principle is quite equal to the self-righting in importance.
Shall we not ask God to convict us, as to where lies the hindrance to this self-emptying?Parables of the Cross|I. Lilias Trotter
The Incarnation was a self-emptying of God to reveal Himself under conditions of human nature and from the human point of view.Lux Mundi|Various
adjective -tier or -tiest
verb -ties, -tying or -tied
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for empty
c.1200, from Old English æmettig "at leisure, not occupied, unmarried," from æmetta "leisure," from æ "not" + -metta, from motan "to have" (see might (n.)). The -p- is a euphonic insertion.
Sense evolution from "at leisure" to "empty" is paralleled in several languages, e.g. Modern Greek adeios "empty," originally "freedom from fear," from deios "fear." "The adj. adeios must have been applied first to persons who enjoyed freedom from duties, leisure, and so were unoccupied, whence it was extended to objects that were unoccupied" [Buck].
The adjective also yielded a verb (1520s), replacing Middle English empten, from Old English geæmtigian. Related: Emptied; emptying. Figurative sense of empty-nester first attested 1987. Empty-handed attested from 1610s.
In addition to the idioms beginning with empty
- empty calories
- empty nest
- empty suit
- glass is half full (half empty)
- running on empty