empty-handed

adjective
emp·​ty-hand·​ed | \ ˌem(p)-tē-ˈhan-dəd How to pronounce empty-handed (audio) \

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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The first known use of empty-handed was in 1549

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“Empty-handed.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empty-handed. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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empty-handed

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How to pronounce empty-handed (audio)

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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