empty calories

plural noun

: calories from food that supply energy but have little or no nutritional value

Examples of empty calories in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of empty calories was in 1955

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“Empty calories.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empty%20calories. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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