He looked into it with sharp scrutiny, and tapped it emptily on his open palm.
The roadway stretched dustily and emptily up and down, on the other side of the wall.
Plan after plan was brought forward and set aside for this reason or for that, till at length they stared at each other emptily.
In the faint pink reflection of the Glo-Wave lighter his face was emptily placid, a faint smile twisting the corners of his lips.
He's a curiously wrought cabinet full of shells and other trumpery, which were much better quite empty than so emptily filled.
And she was walking with Mr. Pond down the corridor, which was so long, echoing so emptily.
Who would have thought that the day that began so emptily would end with two of my rooms full,—each containing a widow?
To us it seems far out of focus and expressed about as emptily and unhappily as possible.
Now in the hour of his mother's death the backs of his metaphysics blinked at him emptily.
And then he emptily talks of the "magnificent sweep of my eloquence," and my "oratoric power."
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.