Definition of empty word in English:

empty word

Syllabification: emp·ty word


  • A word that has only a grammatical function, and no meaning in itself (for example, the infinitive marker to in English).
    More example sentences
    • Leaving out all the empty words in a sentence is very important.
    • It was an empty word, without any definite content.

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Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkələrəˈto͝orə
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody