An empty box.
- The definition of empty is having or containing nothing, or having no worth, meaning or value.
- An example of something empty is a swimming pool with no water in it.
- An example of something empty is a promise that cannot be delivered upon.
- Empty is defined as to remove all of something.
An example of empty is to pour all of the remaining milk into a bowl of cereal.
- containing nothing; having nothing in it
- having no one in it; unoccupied; vacant: an empty house
- carrying or bearing nothing; bare
- having no worth or purpose; useless or unsatisfying: empty pleasure
- without meaning or force; insincere; vain: empty promises
- Informal hungry
Origin of emptyMiddle English emti and (with intrusive -p-) empti from Old English æmettig, unoccupied, literally , at leisure from æmetta, leisure ( from æ-, without + base of motan, to have to: see must) + -ig, -y
transitive verb-·tied, -·ty·ing
- to make empty
- to pour out or remove (the contents) from something
- to transfer (the contents) into, onto, or on something else
- to unburden or discharge (oneself or itself)
- to become empty
- to pour out; discharge: the river empties into the sea
run on empty
Origin of emptyby analogy with a car operating with very little fuel left in the tank and the gauge reading “empty”
- a. Having nothing inside or on the surface; holding or containing nothing: an empty bag; an empty lot.b. Mathematics Having no elements or members; null: an empty set.
- a. Having no occupants; not being used: an empty chair.b. Not having an incumbent or occupant; unfilled: an empty post at the embassy.c. Not put to purposeful use; idle: empty hours.
- Lacking force or power: an empty threat.
- Lacking purpose or substance; meaningless: an empty life.
- Needing nourishment; hungry: “More fierce and more inexorable far / Than empty tigers or the roaring sea” ( Shakespeare )
- Devoid; destitute: empty of pity.
verbemp·tied, emp·ty·ing, emp·ties
- To remove the contents of: emptied the dishwasher.
- To transfer or pour off completely: empty the ashes into a pail.
- To unburden; relieve: empty oneself of doubt.
- To become empty: The theater emptied after the performance.
- To discharge its contents: The river empties into a bay.
nounpl. emp·ties Informal
Origin of emptyMiddle English from Old English ǣmtig vacant, unoccupied from ǣmetta leisure ; see med- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative emptier, superlative emptiest)
- Devoid of content; containing nothing or nobody; vacant.
- an empty purse; an empty jug; an empty stomach
- (computing, programming) Containing no elements (as of a string or array), opposed to being null (having no valid value).
- I shall find you empty of that fault.
- Having nothing to carry; unburdened.
- Destitute of effect, sincerity, or sense; said of language.
- empty words, or threats
- Unable to satisfy; hollow; vain.
- empty pleasures
- Destitute of reality, or real existence; unsubstantial.
- empty dreams
- Destitute of, or lacking, sense, knowledge, or courtesy.
- empty brains; an empty coxcomb
(third-person singular simple present empties, present participle emptying, simple past and past participle emptied)
- (ergative) To make empty; to void; to remove the contents of.
- to empty a well or a cistern
- The cinema emptied quickly after the end of the film.
- A container, especially a bottle, whose contents have been used up, leaving it empty.
- Put the empties out to be recycled.
From Middle English emty, from Old English ǣmtiġ, ǣmettiġ (“vacant, empty, free, idle, unmarried”, literally “without must or obligation, leisurely”), from Proto-Germanic *uz- (“out”) + Proto-Germanic *mōtijô, *mōtô (“must, obligation, need”), *mōtiþô (“ability, accommodation”), from Proto-Indo-European *med- (“measure; to acquire, possess, be in command”). Related to Old English ġeǣmtiġian (“to empty”), Old English ǣmetta (“leisure”), Old English mōtan (“must, might, have to”). More at mote, meet.