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empty (adj.)

c. 1200, from Old English æmettig "at leisure, not occupied; unmarried," also "containing nothing, unoccupied," from æmetta "leisure." Watkins explains it as from Proto-Germanic *e-mot-ja-, with a prefix of uncertain meaning + Germanic *mot- "ability, leisure," possibly from PIE root *med- "take appropriate measures."

A sense evolution from "at leisure" to "containing nothing, unoccupied" is found in several languages, such as Modern Greek adeios "empty," originally "freedom from fear," from deios "fear." "The adj. adeios must have been applied first to persons who enjoyed freedom from duties, leisure, and so were unoccupied, whence it was extended to objects that were unoccupied" [Buck]. The -p- is a euphonic insertion. Related: Emptier. Figurative sense of empty-nester attested by 1960.

empty (n.)

"an empty thing" that was or is expected to be full, 1865, from empty (adj.). At first of barges, freight cars, mail pouches.

empty (v.)

1520s, from empty (adj.); replacing Middle English empten, from Old English geæmtigian. Related: Emptied; emptying.

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Definitions of empty from WordNet
1
empty (v.)
make void or empty of contents;
empty (v.)
become empty or void of its content;
Synonyms: discharge
empty (v.)
leave behind empty; move out of;
Synonyms: vacate / abandon
empty (v.)
remove;
empty (v.)
excrete or discharge from the body;
Synonyms: evacuate / void
2
empty (adj.)
holding or containing nothing;
an empty glass
an empty room
empty hours
full of empty seats
empty (adj.)
devoid of significance or force;
empty promises
Synonyms: hollow / vacuous
empty (adj.)
needing nourishment;
after skipped lunch the men were empty by suppertime
empty-bellied children
Synonyms: empty-bellied
empty (adj.)
emptied of emotion;
after the violent argument he felt empty
3
empty (n.)
a container that has been emptied;
From wordnet.princeton.edu