empty-handed Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “empty-handed” in the English Dictionary

"empty-handed" in British English

See all translations

empty-handedadjective [after verb]

uk   us   /ˌemp.tiˈhæn.dɪd/
without ​bringing or taking anything: We can't go to the ​party empty-handed.
(Definition of empty-handed from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"empty-handed" in American English

See all translations

empty-handedadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈemp·ti ˈhæn·dɪd/
not having anything to ​bring or to take away: The two ​would-berobbersfled empty-handed.
(Definition of empty-handed from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “empty-handed”
in Chinese (Simplified) 两手空空的, 一无所获的…
in Turkish eli boş, umduğunu bulamamış…
in Russian с пустыми руками…
in Chinese (Traditional) 兩手空空的, 一無所獲的…
in Polish z pustymi rękami…
What is the pronunciation of empty-handed?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


(a plan showing) the subjects or books to be studied in a particular course, especially a course that leads to an exam

Word of the Day

Out of Africa
Out of Africa
by Colin McIntosh,
October 01, 2015
A recent discovery off the coast of the island of Taiwan, made by local fishermen, is causing scientists to re-examine their ideas about early humans. The skull of a male human, now nicknamed Penghu Man, was found to differ significantly from the skulls of the Homo Erectus species previously known in the

Read More 

face training noun
face training noun
October 05, 2015
a system of facial exercises designed to tone the facial muscles and improve the skin

Read More