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.
An empty threat.
Empty of pity.
An example of empty is to pour all of the remaining milk into a bowl of cereal.
An empty life.
Emptied the dishwasher.
Empty the ashes into a pail.
Empty oneself of doubt.
The theater emptied after the performance.
The river empties into a bay.
An empty house.
The river empties into the sea.
I shall find you empty of that fault.
Empty words, or threats.
Empty brains; an empty coxcomb.
To empty a well or a cistern.
The cinema emptied quickly after the end of the film.
Put the empties out to be recycled.
- Lacking; without; devoid of.
- To be at a level of energy, creativity, etc. that is inadequate to sustain worthwhile activity or achievement.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of empty
- Middle English from Old English ǣmtig vacant, unoccupied from ǣmetta leisure med- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.