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emp·ty-hand·ed

(ĕmp′tē-hăn′dĭd)
adj.
1. Bearing nothing.
2. Having received or gained nothing.

empty-handed

adj
1. carrying nothing in the hands
2. having gained nothing: they returned from the negotiations empty-handed.

emp′ty-hand′ed



adj.
1. having nothing in the hands.
2. having achieved nothing.
3. bringing no gift, donation, etc.
[1605–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.empty-handed - having acquired or gained nothingempty-handed - having acquired or gained nothing; "the returned from the negotiations empty-handed"
unsuccessful - not successful; having failed or having an unfavorable outcome
2.empty-handed - carrying nothing in the hands
empty - holding or containing nothing; "an empty glass"; "an empty room"; "full of empty seats"; "empty hours"

empty-handed

adjective with nothing, unsuccessful, with empty pockets, unprovided for Shirley returned empty-handed from her shopping trip.
Translations

empty-handed

[ˈemptɪˈhændɪd] ADJ to arrive/leave/return empty-handedllegar/marcharse/volver con las manos vacías

empty-handed

[ˌɛmptɪˈhændɪd] adja mani vuote
to arrive/leave empty-handed → arrivare/andarsene a mani vuote

empty

(ˈempti) adjective
1. having nothing inside. an empty box; an empty cup.
2. unoccupied. an empty house.
3. (with of) completely without. a street quite empty of people.
4. having no practical result; (likely to be) unfulfilled. empty threats.
verb
1. to make or become empty. He emptied the jug; The cinema emptied quickly at 10.30; He emptied out his pockets.
2. to tip, pour, or fall out of a container. She emptied the milk into a pan; The rubbish emptied on to the ground.
noun
an empty bottle etc. Take the empties back to the shop.
ˈemptiness noun
ˌempty-ˈhanded adjective
carrying nothing. I went to collect my wages but returned empty-handed.
ˌempty-ˈheaded adjective
brainless. an empty-headed young girl.
References in classic literature ?
and so saying I was unmethodically rushing up stairs again empty-handed, when Mrs.
Joe re-entering the kitchen empty-handed, to stop short and stare, in her wondering lament of "Gracious goodness gracious me, what's gone - with the - pie
And some,'' said Wamba, ``have been wise enough to reward themselves; they do not march off empty-handed altogether.
We won't go back empty-handed," cried an English sailor; and then he spoke to one of the Indian divers.
The two worthies, therefore, sallied forth themselves, but after a time returned empty-handed.
One of these captains would come, in a manner, empty-handed to New Archangel.
Thank heaven that there were two sane men--Lord John Roxton and myself--to prevent the petulance and folly of our learned Professors from sending us back empty-handed to London.
Obedient to a nod from the trooper, Phil retires, empty-handed, to the other end of the gallery.
Professor Porter did not accompany the treasure-seekers on the following day, but when he saw them returning empty-handed toward noon, he hastened forward to meet them --his usual preoccupied indifference entirely vanished, and in its place a nervous and excited manner.
I don't know whether she meant it for a hint that I had come empty-handed, without a present for her birthday, or what," added Gania, with an unpleasant smile.
He watched him go down the gang-plank empty-handed, with no dog at his heels, and stroll off along the wharf under the electric lights.
Your chief is either a niggard, or you are a fool, to come empty-handed into the mountains.