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  • as innecessitous
  • as inpoor

synonyms for empty-handed

  • destitute
  • impoverished
  • indigent
  • low
  • meager
  • needy
  • penniless
  • poverty-stricken
  • underprivileged
  • bankrupt
  • down-and-out
  • flat
  • insolvent
  • scanty
  • suffering
  • bad off
  • beggared
  • beggarly
  • behind the eight ball
  • broke
  • dirt poor
  • flat broke
  • fortuneless
  • hard up
  • impecunious
  • in need
  • in want
  • moneyless
  • necessitous
  • pauperized
  • penurious
  • pinched
  • reduced
  • stone broke
  • strapped
  • truly needy
  • unprosperous
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How to use empty-handed in a sentence

"Buy something for your wife that-is-to-be," he said to his grand-nephew, as he handed him the folded paper.
THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME I (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS
Lawrence handed the General the mysterious message and Schofield read it with a darkened brow.
THE COURIER OF THE OZARKSBYRON A. DUNN
Herein he found an empty stall that was dark enough not to be seen, and still afforded sufficient light to read in.
THE HOMESTEADEROSCAR MICHEAUX
Still, if such an envelope should be handed him, he would breathe easier until it was opened.
THE HOMESTEADEROSCAR MICHEAUX
The landlord handed him his bill—'Two weeks board at five dollars—ten dollars.'
THE BOOK OF ANECDOTES AND BUDGET OF FUN;VARIOUS
Just smiled, a sardonic sort of grimace, and unbuckled his belt and handed it over without a word.
RAW GOLDBERTRAND W. SINCLAIR
When the funeral was over, and they returned to their desolate home, at the sight of the empty cradle Ramona broke down.
RAMONAHELEN HUNT JACKSON
A quite young child will, for example, pretend to do something, as to take an empty cup and carry out the semblance of drinking.
CHILDREN'S WAYSJAMES SULLY
Lessard's high-handed squelching of MacRae had thrown everything out of focus.
RAW GOLDBERTRAND W. SINCLAIR
For his heart seemed alternately full and empty; all the life he had was centred there.
THE WAVEALGERNON BLACKWOOD
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