from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Bearing nothing.
  • adjective Having received or gained nothing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having nothing in the hands; specifically, carrying or bringing nothing of value, as money or a present.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective having acquired or gained nothing.
  • adjective carrying nothing in the hands.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having nothing to give.
  • adjective Having given or received nothing.
  • adjective figuratively Having failed in a task.
  • adjective That revolves purely around unarmed, hand-to-hand combat, and uses no weapons.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having acquired or gained nothing
  • adjective carrying nothing in the hands


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