Definitions for Hollowˈhɒl oʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hol•lowˈhɒl oʊ(adj.; n.; v.; adv.)-low•er, -low•est

  1. (adj.)having a space or cavity inside; empty:

    a hollow sphere.

  2. having a depression or concavity:

    a hollow surface.

  3. sunken:

    hollow cheeks.

  4. not resonant:

    a hollow voice.

  5. lacking significance:

    a hollow victory.

  6. insincere; false:

    hollow compliments.

  7. (n.)an empty space within something; hole; cavity.

  8. a shallow valley.

  9. (v.t.)to make hollow (often fol. by out).

  10. to form by hollowing action (often fol. by out):

    to hollow a place in the sand.

  11. (v.i.)to become hollow.

  12. (adv.)in a hollow manner:

    The accusations rang hollow.

Origin of hollow:

bef. 900; ME holw(e),holow, OE holh a hollow place; akin to hole


Princeton's WordNet

  1. hollow(noun)

    a cavity or space in something

    "hunger had caused the hollows in their cheeks"

  2. hollow, holler(noun)

    a small valley between mountains

    "he built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Appalachians"

  3. hole, hollow(adj)

    a depression hollowed out of solid matter

  4. hollow(adj)

    not solid; having a space or gap or cavity

    "a hollow wall"; "a hollow tree"; "hollow cheeks"; "his face became gaunter and more hollow with each year"

  5. hollow(adj)

    as if echoing in a hollow space

    "the hollow sound of footsteps in the empty ballroom"

  6. empty, hollow, vacuous(verb)

    devoid of significance or point

    "empty promises"; "a hollow victory"; "vacuous comments"

  7. excavate, dig, hollow(verb)

    remove the inner part or the core of

    "the mining company wants to excavate the hillside"

  8. hollow, hollow out, core out(verb)

    remove the interior of

    "hollow out a tree trunk"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. hollow(adjective)ˈhɒl oʊ

    empty inside

    an old hollow tree trunk

  2. hollowˈhɒl oʊ

    insincere or insignificant

    a hollow victory; hollow promises

  3. hollowˈhɒl oʊ

    bending inward

    He had hollow cheeks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hollow(adj)

    having an empty space or cavity, natural or artificial, within a solid substance; not solid; excavated in the interior; as, a hollow tree; a hollow sphere

  2. Hollow(adj)

    depressed; concave; gaunt; sunken

  3. Hollow(adj)

    reverberated from a cavity, or resembling such a sound; deep; muffled; as, a hollow roar

  4. Hollow(adj)

    not sincere or faithful; false; deceitful; not sound; as, a hollow heart; a hollow friend

  5. Hollow(noun)

    a cavity, natural or artificial; an unfilled space within anything; a hole, a cavern; an excavation; as the hollow of the hand or of a tree

  6. Hollow(noun)

    a low spot surrounded by elevations; a depressed part of a surface; a concavity; a channel

  7. Hollow(verb)

    to make hollow, as by digging, cutting, or engraving; to excavate

  8. Hollow(adverb)

    wholly; completely; utterly; -- chiefly after the verb to beat, and often with all; as, this story beats the other all hollow. See All, adv

  9. Hollow


  10. Hollow(verb)

    to shout; to hollo

  11. Hollow(verb)

    to urge or call by shouting


  1. The Hollow

    The Hollow is a fictional entity created by Brad Kern for the American television series, Charmed. It first appears in the fourth season of the supernatural drama and is used again in the last two episodes of the series in its eighth season. It is an essence that can possess any living being, and when it is allowed to take on a corporeal form, it was portrayed by Peter Woodward, Julian McMahon, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, Kaley Cuoco, Marnette Patterson, Lawrence Smilgys, and Robert Madrid.

Translations for Hollow

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having an empty space in it

a hollow tree; Bottles, pipes and tubes are hollow.

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