Definition of empty word in English:

empty word

Pronunciation /ˈem(p)tē wərd/ /ˈɛm(p)ti wərd/

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  • A word that has only a grammatical function, and no meaning in itself (for example, the infinitive marker to in English).

    ‘Leaving out all the empty words in a sentence is very important.’
    • ‘It was an empty word, without any definite content.’