There are times in life when we find something “empty,” and we are disappointed, upset or frustrated. We like to think more is better. So when we’re late for work and find our car empty of gas, we’re not happy. When we are hungry and find the refrigerator empty, we are disappointed. When our bank account is empty, we get anxious.
The word means vacant, void, blank, containing nothing. So when we hear phrases like “empty headed,” “empty your pockets,” “empty glass,” “empty life,” “empty words,” “empty look,” there is a bad connotation attached to the word.