What does hollow mean?

Definitions for hollow
ˈhɒl oʊhol·low

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word hollow.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hollownoun

    a cavity or space in something

    "hunger had caused the hollows in their cheeks"

  2. hollow, hollernoun

    a small valley between mountains

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

  3. hole, hollowadjective

    a depression hollowed out of solid matter

  4. hollowadjective

    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. hollowadjective

    as if echoing in a hollow space

    "the hollow sound of footsteps in the empty ballroom"

  6. empty, hollow, vacuousverb

    devoid of significance or point

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

  7. excavate, dig, hollowverb

    remove the inner part or the core of

    "the mining company wants to excavate the hillside"

  8. hollow, hollow out, core outverb

    remove the interior of

    "hollow out a tree trunk"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hollowadjective

    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

    Etymology: [See Hollo.]

  2. Hollowadjective

    depressed; concave; gaunt; sunken

    Etymology: [See Hollo.]

  3. Hollowadjective

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

    Etymology: [See Hollo.]

  4. Hollowadjective

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

    Etymology: [See Hollo.]

  5. Hollownoun

    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

    Etymology: [See Hollo.]

  6. Hollownoun

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

    Etymology: [See Hollo.]

  7. Hollowverb

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

    Etymology: [See Hollo.]

  8. Hollowadverb

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

    Etymology: [See Hollo.]

  9. Hollow

    hollo

    Etymology: [See Hollo.]

  10. Hollowverb

    to shout; to hollo

    Etymology: [See Hollo.]

  11. Hollowverb

    to urge or call by shouting

    Etymology: [See Hollo.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hollow

    hol′ō, adj. vacant: not solid: containing an empty space: sunken: unsound: insincere.—n. a hole: a cavity: any depression in a body: any vacuity: a groove: a channel.—v.t. to make a hole in: to make hollow by digging: to excavate.—adv. completely: clean.—adjs. Holl′ow-eyed, having sunken eyes; Holl′ow-heart′ed, having a hollow or untrue heart: faithless: treacherous.—adv. Holl′owly (Shak.), in a hollow or insincere manner.—ns. Holl′owness, the state of being hollow: cavity: insincerity: treachery; Holl′ow-ware, trade name for hollow articles of iron, as pots and kettles.—Beat hollow, to beat wholly. [A.S. holh, a hollow place—hol. See Hole.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. hollow

    The bore of a rocket. In naval architecture, a name for the fifth or top-timber-sweep (which see). Also, hollow or curved leeches of sails, in contradistinction to straight.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce hollow?

  1. Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Indian

How to say hollow in sign language?

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hollow in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hollow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of hollow in a Sentence

  1. Metastasio:

    As gold is tried by the furnace, and the baser metal shown, so the hollow-hearted friend is known by adversity.

  2. RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo):

    You have locked the chain around the heart that loves you; for the perpetual search for love remains hollow.

  3. Theresa Dellinger:

    There are little hollow hairs in that fluffy, hairy material, it's not going to reach out and bite you, but if someone brushes up against that hair, it'll release toxins that you'll have a reaction to.

  4. Sanjay Jha:

    He raised issues that mattered, unlike PM Modi, who indulged in hollow rhetoric.

  5. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert:

    While death and injury tolls continue to rise, steps taken so far will remain hollow if not completed. The people must be served and protected, not violently oppressed.

Images & Illustrations of hollow

  1. hollowhollowhollowhollowhollow

Popularity rank by frequency of use

hollow#1#9566#10000

Translations for hollow

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for hollow »

Translation

Find a translation for the hollow definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these hollow definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "hollow." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 23 Jun 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/hollow>.

    Are we missing a good definition for hollow? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth
    • A. hatched
    • B. greedy
    • C. sought
    • D. urban

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for hollow: