Hollow definition

hŏlō
Without substance or character.

A hollow person.

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Having a cavity, gap, or space within.

A hollow wall.

adjective
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A small valley between hills or mountains.
noun
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Devoid of truth or validity; specious.
adjective
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An indented or concave surface or area.
noun
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Deeply indented or concave; sunken.
adjective
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A cavity, gap, or space.

A hollow behind a wall.

noun
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A void; an emptiness.

A hollow in one's life.

noun
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To make hollow.

Hollow out a pumpkin.

verb
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To scoop or form by making concave.

Hollow out a nest in the sand.

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To become hollow or empty.
verb
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Deeply set; sunken.

Hollow cheeks.

adjective
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A hollow formation or place; cavity; hole.
noun
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A small, sheltered valley.
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Having an empty space, or only air, within it; having a cavity inside; not solid.
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Depressed below the surrounding surface; shaped like a cup or bowl; concave.
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Empty or worthless; not real or meaningful.

Hollow praise.

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Hungry.
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Deep-toned, dull, and muffled, as though resounding from something hollow.
adjective
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In a hollow manner.
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To make or become hollow.
verb
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(figuratively) Insincere, devoid of validity; specious.

A hollow promise.

adjective
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Having a reverberating, sepulchral sound.

Hollow footsteps.

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Hollow means an empty space.

An example of hollow is an empty space inside of a tree.

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(figuratively) Without substance; having no real or significant worth; meaningless.

A hollow victory.

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(figuratively) A feeling of emptiness.

A hollow in the pit of one's stomach.

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Hollow is defined as to create an empty space within something.

An example of hollow is to remove the insides of a log.

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The definition of hollow is having a space inside or being shaped like a bowl.

An example of hollow is a chocolate Easter bunny with nothing inside of it.

An example of hollow are cheeks which are deeply sunken.

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(of something solid) Having an empty space or cavity inside.

A hollow tree; a hollow sphere.

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(of a sound) Distant, eerie; echoing, reverberating, as if in a hollow space; dull, muffled; often low-pitched.

A hollow moan.

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Depressed; concave; gaunt; sunken.
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(colloquial) Completely, as part of the phrase beat hollow or beat all hollow.
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A small valley between mountains; a low spot surrounded by elevations.

He built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Rockies.

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A sunken area or unfilled space in something solid; a cavity, natural or artificial.

The hollow of the hand or of a tree.

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(US) A sunken area.
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To make a hole in something; to excavate.
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To urge or call by shouting; to hollo.
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Alternative form of hollo.
interjection
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beat (all) hollow
  • to defeat thoroughly or surpass by far
idiom
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hollow out
  • to make hollow
  • to make by hollowing
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hollow
Plural:
hollows

Adjective

Base Form:
hollow
Comparative:
hollower
Superlative:
hollowest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

beat (all) hollow

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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English holow, earlier holgh, from Old English holh (“a hollow”)', from hol (“hollow (adj.)”). See above.

    From Wiktionary

  • Compare holler.

    From Wiktionary