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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Empty, Emptie, a. [ME. empty, emptie, earlier emty, emti, OE. æm(e)tiᵹ.] Empty, void.Rare in Sc. texts, the usual adj. being tume. 1513 Doug. iii. vi. 139.
With empty mawys of wolfis ravenus
Ib. ix. vi. 79.
Lyke as the empty lyoun, lang onfed
c1530-40 Stewart Maitl. F. cxxxv. 12.
Sum dois to the court repair Withe emptie purs and gown full bair
1562 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 149.
He haifand nane or litill eruditioun in grammer greik or latene, bot empty thairof
a1578 Pitsc. II. 285/3.
At last bayth Edinburgh and Leith var emptie of men of veir

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