- 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.
An empty box.
empty definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English emti and amp; (with intrusive -p-) empti ; from Old English æmettig, unoccupied, literally , at leisure ; from æmetta, leisure (; from æ-, without plush base of motan, to have to: see must) plush -ig, -y
- to make empty
- to pour out or remove (the contents) of 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
empty definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective emp·ti·er, emp·ti·est
- a. Holding or containing nothing.b. Mathematics Having no elements or members; null: an empty set.
- Having no occupants or inhabitants; vacant: an empty chair; empty desert.
- Lacking force or power: an empty threat.
- Lacking purpose or substance; meaningless: an empty life.
- Not put to use; idle: empty hours.
- Needing nourishment; hungry: “More fierce and more inexorable far/Than empty tigers or the roaring sea” (Shakespeare).
- Devoid; destitute: empty of pity.
- 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.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English ǣmtig, vacant, unoccupied, from ǣmetta, leisure; see med- in Indo-European roots.
- empˈti·ly adverb
- empˈti·ness noun
empty - Phrases/Idioms
run on empty