Meaning of empty-handed
Pronunciation: (emp'tē-han'did), [key]
- having nothing in the hands, as in doing no work: While we were carrying out the luggage, he stood by empty-handed.
- having gained nothing: to return from a quest empty-handed.
- bringing no gift, donation, etc.: They came to the birthday party empty-handed.
- empty-handed (Thesaurus)