Fame is an empty bubble, indeed, easily burst if not handled with care.
The rhetoric was mostly as empty of substance and evasive on details as a Paul Ryan budget.
According to police, five empty heroin envelopes were in the trash, and two full ones were found near his person.
Hill nods toward an empty fifth of Knob Creek bourbon on his dressing room shelf.
They dropped used syringes in an empty soda can: the Radioactive Coke Can.
Next came the room in which Ronald had slept, and then an empty lumber room.
Man followed their example and searched until he found an empty grotto.
Someone was walking through the empty rooms carrying a lamp.
"As empty as an English squire, coz," cried the first speaker.
Dear Joe,—I thank you for so full an answer to so empty an epistle.
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.