empty vessels make the most sound

Foolish or witless persons are the most talkative or noisy. Vessel here means a receptacle, as a drinking-vessel.

a 1430 J. LYDGATE Pilgrimage of Man (EETS) 1. 15933 A voyde vessel..maketh outward a gret soun, Mor than..what yt was ful.

1547 W. BALDWIN Treatise of Moral Philosophy IV. Q4 As emptye vesselles make the lowdest sounde: so they that haue least wyt, are the greatest babblers.

1599 SHAKESPEARE Henry V IV. iv. 64 I did never know so full a voice issue from so empty a heart: but the saying is true—The empty vessel makes the greatest sound.

1707 SWIFT Essay on Faculties of Mind I. 249 Empty Vessels sound loudest.

1967 RIDOUT & WITTING English Proverbs Explained 51 Empty vessels make the most sound.

1982 J. BINGHAM Brock & Defector xiii. ‘All talk and no action...’ ‘Empty vessels make the most noise,’ Brock agreed.

2002 Times: Register 21 Oct. 10 The adage ‘empty vessels make most noise’ has certainly come to mind as I have listened to many other politicians.


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  • Empty vessels make the most noise. — Empty vessels make (the) most noise/sound. something that you say which means that people who talk a lot and frequently express their opinions are often stupid. David talks as if he s an expert on everything, but empty vessels make most noise …   New idioms dictionary

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  • Empty vessels make most sound. — Empty vessels make (the) most noise/sound. something that you say which means that people who talk a lot and frequently express their opinions are often stupid. David talks as if he s an expert on everything, but empty vessels make most noise …   New idioms dictionary

  • Empty vessels make most noise. — Empty vessels make (the) most noise/sound. something that you say which means that people who talk a lot and frequently express their opinions are often stupid. David talks as if he s an expert on everything, but empty vessels make most noise …   New idioms dictionary

  • empty vessels make most sound — ► empty vessels make most noise (or sound) proverb those with least wisdom or knowledge are always the most talkative. Main Entry: ↑empty …   English terms dictionary

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  • Empty vessel — The phrase empty vessel literally means a container with nothing inside. It has additional significance in various areas.In literatureThe quotation, As empty vessels make the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest… …   Wikipedia

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