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empty-nester American and Australian English

Meaning: a parent whose children have grown up and left home

For example:

  • After spending many years raising their children, Kevin and Joan are now empty-nesters after their youngest daughter went to live with some friends.

  • We're still getting used to being empty-nesters. The house seems so quiet all the time.

Variety: This slang is typically used in American and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

An empty-nester is someone whose
  1. children have left home
  2. birds have flown away
  3. savings have disappeared

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