Empty-handed meaning

ĕmptē-hăndĭd
Having nothing to give.

I felt bad having shown up to the baby shower empty-handed.

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Having received or gained nothing.
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Bringing, gaining, or carrying away nothing.
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Having given or received nothing.
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(figuratively) Having failed in a task.

I was supposed to clean up the trash out back, but I returned empty-handed.

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(of a style of martial arts such as karate) That revolves purely around unarmed, hand-to-hand combat, and uses no weapons.
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Bearing nothing.
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