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empty

[emp-tee] /ˈɛmp ti/
adjective, emptier, emptiest.
1.
containing nothing; having none of the usual or appropriate contents:
an empty bottle.
2.
vacant; unoccupied:
an empty house.
3.
without cargo or load:
an empty wagon.
4.
destitute of people or human activity:
We walked along the empty streets of the city at night.
5.
destitute of some quality or qualities; devoid (usually followed by of):
Theirs is a life now empty of happiness.
6.
without force, effect, or significance; hollow; meaningless:
empty compliments; empty pleasures.
7.
not employed in useful activity or work; idle:
empty summer days.
8.
Mathematics. (of a set) containing no elements; null; void.
9.
hungry:
I'm feeling rather empty—let's have lunch.
10.
without knowledge or sense; frivolous; foolish:
an empty head.
11.
completely spent of emotion:
The experience had left him with an empty heart.
verb (used with object), emptied, emptying.
12.
to make empty; deprive of contents; discharge the contents of:
to empty a bucket.
13.
to discharge (contents):
to empty the water out of a bucket.
verb (used without object), emptied, emptying.
14.
to become empty:
The room emptied rapidly after the lecture.
15.
to discharge contents, as a river:
The river empties into the sea.
noun, plural empties.
16.
Informal. something that is empty, as a box, bottle, or can:
Throw the empties into the waste bin.
Origin of empty
900
before 900; Middle English (with intrusive -p-); Old English ǣmettig vacant (ǣmett(a) leisure (ǣ- a-3 + Germanic *mōtithō accommodation; cf. must1, meet1) + -ig -y1)
Related forms
emptiable, adjective
emptier, noun
emptily, adverb
emptiness, noun
overempty, adjective
quasi-empty, adjective
self-emptiness, noun
self-emptying, adjective
unemptied, adjective
unempty, adjective
Synonyms
1. vacuous. Empty, vacant, blank, void denote absence of content or contents. Empty means without appropriate or accustomed contents: an empty refrigerator. Vacant is usually applied to that which is temporarily unoccupied: a vacant chair; three vacant apartments. Blank applies to surfaces free from any marks or lacking appropriate markings, openings, etc.: blank paper; a blank wall. Void emphasizes completely unfilled space with vague, unspecified, or no boundaries: void and without form. 6. delusive, vain. 12. unload, unburden.
Antonyms
1. full.
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Examples from the Web for emptily
Historical Examples
  • He looked into it with sharp scrutiny, and tapped it emptily on his open palm.

    The Turtles of Tasman Jack London
  • The roadway stretched dustily and emptily up and down, on the other side of the wall.

    Four Girls and a Compact Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • Plan after plan was brought forward and set aside for this reason or for that, till at length they stared at each other emptily.

    The Lady Of Blossholme H. Rider Haggard
  • In the faint pink reflection of the Glo-Wave lighter his face was emptily placid, a faint smile twisting the corners of his lips.

    The Instant of Now Irving E. Cox, Jr.
  • He's a curiously wrought cabinet full of shells and other trumpery, which were much better quite empty than so emptily filled.

    History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2) Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
  • And she was walking with Mr. Pond down the corridor, which was so long, echoing so emptily.

    V. V.'s Eyes Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • Who would have thought that the day that began so emptily would end with two of my rooms full,—each containing a widow?

    In the Mountains Elizabeth von Arnim
  • To us it seems far out of focus and expressed about as emptily and unhappily as possible.

    The Color Line William Benjamin Smith
  • Now in the hour of his mother's death the backs of his metaphysics blinked at him emptily.

    Birthright T.S. Stribling
  • And then he emptily talks of the "magnificent sweep of my eloquence," and my "oratoric power."

    Apologia pro Vita Sua John Henry Newman
British Dictionary definitions for emptily

empty

/ˈɛmptɪ/
adjective -tier, -tiest
1.
containing nothing
2.
without inhabitants; vacant or unoccupied
3.
carrying no load, passengers, etc
4.
without purpose, substance, or value: an empty life
5.
insincere or trivial: empty words
6.
not expressive or vital; vacant: she has an empty look
7.
(informal) hungry
8.
(postpositive) foll by of. devoid; destitute: a life empty of happiness
9.
(informal) drained of energy or emotion: after the violent argument he felt very empty
10.
(maths, logic) (of a set or class) containing no members
11.
(philosophy, logic) (of a name or description) having no reference
verb -ties, -tying, -tied
12.
to make or become empty
13.
when intr, foll by into. to discharge (contents)
14.
(transitive) often foll by of. to unburden or rid (oneself): to empty oneself of emotion
noun (pl) -ties
15.
an empty container, esp a bottle
Derived Forms
emptiable, adjective
emptier, noun
emptily, adverb
emptiness, noun
Word Origin
Old English ǣmtig, from æmetta free time, from æ- without + -metta, from mōtan to be obliged to; see must1
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Word Origin and History for emptily

empty

adj.

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.

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