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EMPY, Empie, adj., v. Gen. (exc. n.) Sc. forms of Eng. empty. Also found in Nhb. dial.

1. adj. s.Sc. 1857 H. S. Riddell Psalms xli. 6:
Gif he cum til see me, he raves owt empie things.
Dmf. 1908 J. L. Waugh Robbie Doo (1912) v.:
Hoo dis it come aboot that my quiver is empy.
Lth. 1925 C. P. Slater Marget Pow 198:
So, efter a', if they put in the parteeclars that Mr McNeil mentioned, the form will no' be empy.
Tyr. 1929 “M. Mulcaghey” Ballymulcaghey 167:
When Jock Bennet returned home from her father's funeral, he found O'Neill's cot emp'y.
Wgt. 1939 J. McNeillie Wigtown Ploughman viii.:
The place's empy noo, ye ken.

2. v. Ork. 1795 P. Fea MS. Diary (14 Sept.):
Empyd my Boat of the few peats I had from Burness.
Gsw. 1933 F. Niven Mrs Barry iv.:
Ast her does she want the baikie empied.

[For dropping of t after p, see P.L.D. § 63.2.]

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