Pronunciation: 'em(p)-tE
Date: before 12th century
Inflected Form(s): emp.ti.er; -est
1 a : containing nothing b : not occupied or inhabited c : UNFREQUENTED d : not pregnant e : NULL 4a
2 a : lacking reality, substance, meaning, or value : HOLLOW b : destitute of effect or force c : devoid of sense : FOOLISH
4 a : IDLE b : having no purpose or result : USELESS
5 : marked by the absence of human life, activity, or comfort
- emp.ti.ly - adverb
- emp.ti.ness - noun
synonyms EMPTY, VACANT, BLANK, VOID, VACUOUS mean lacking contents which could or should be present. EMPTY suggests a complete absence of contents, "an empty bucket". VACANT suggests an absence of appropriate contents or occupants, "a vacant apartment". BLANK stresses the absence of any significant, relieving, or intelligible features on a surface, "a blank wall". VOID suggests absolute emptiness as far as the mind or senses can determine, "a statement void of meaning". VACUOUS suggests the emptiness of a vacuum and especially the lack of intelligence or significance, "a vacuous facial expression". synonym see in addition VAIN