empty-nester

American and Australian English
This page is about the slang term empty-nester.

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 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

a. children have left home

b. birds have flown away

c. savings have disappeared

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Contributor: Matt Errey