A hollow person.
A hollow wall.
A hollow behind a wall.
A hollow in one's life.
Hollow out a pumpkin.
Hollow out a nest in the sand.
An example of hollow is an empty space inside of a tree.
An example of hollow is to remove the insides of a log.
An example of hollow is a chocolate Easter bunny with nothing inside of it.
An example of hollow are cheeks which are deeply sunken.
A hollow tree; a hollow sphere.
He built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Rockies.
- to defeat thoroughly or surpass by far
- to make hollow
- to make by hollowing
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Origin of hollow
- Middle English holwe, holowe from holgh hole, burrow (influenced by hole hollow) from Old English holh kel-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English holw, holh, from Old English hol (“hollow”), from Proto-Germanic *hulaz (compare Dutch hol, German hohl, Danish hul), from Proto-Indo-European *k̑ówHilo- (compare Albanian thellë (“deep”), Ancient Greek κοῖλος (koĩlos, “hollow”)', Avestan [script?] (sūra)[script?], Sanskrit [script?] (kulyā, “brook, ditch”)[script?]), from *k̑ówH- (“cavity”). More at cave.
- Middle English holow, earlier holgh, from Old English holh (“a hollow”)', from hol (“hollow (adj.)”). See above.
- Compare holler.