empty-handed

adjective
emp·​ty-hand·​ed | \ˌem(p)-tē-ˈhan-dəd \

Definition of empty-handed 

1 : having or bringing nothing

2 : having acquired or gained nothing came back empty-handed

First Known Use of empty-handed

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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empty-handed

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of empty-handed

: without having, carrying, or bringing anything

empty-handed

adjective
emp·​ty-hand·​ed | \ˌemp-tē-ˈhan-dəd\

Kids Definition of empty-handed

1 : not carrying or bringing anything I can't show up at the party empty-handed.

2 : having gotten or gained nothing He left the contest empty-handed.

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