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hollow

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noun hol·low \ ˈhä-(ˌ)lō \

Definition of hollow

1 :an unfilled space :cavity, hole
  • in the hollow of a tree
2 :a depressed or low part of a surface; especially :a small valley or basin

Examples of hollow in a Sentence

  1. The owls nested in the hollow of a tree.

  2. made a little hollow in her mound of mashed potatoes and filled it with gravy

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Origin and Etymology of hollow

Middle English holw, holh, from Old English holh hole, hollow — more at hole


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hollow

adjective

Definition of hollow

hollower play \ˈhä-lə-wər\; hollowest play \ˈhä-lə-wəst\
1 :having an indentation or inward curve :concave, sunken
  • hollow cheeks
2 :having an unfilled or hollowed-out space within
  • a hollow tree
3 :lacking in real value, sincerity, or substance :false, meaningless
  • hollow promises
  • a victory over a weakling is hollow and without triumph
  • —Ernest Beaglehole
4 :reverberating like a sound made in or by beating on a large empty enclosure :muffled
  • heard a hollow sound when he knocked on the wall

hollowly

play \ˈhä-lō-lē, -lə-lē\ adverb

hollowness

noun

Examples of hollow in a Sentence

  1. There was a hollow spot in the field.

  2. there's a noticeably hollow spot in the mattress where he has been sleeping

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Origin and Etymology of hollow

Middle English holw, holh, from holh hole — see 1hollow

Synonym Discussion of hollow

vain, nugatory, otiose, idle, empty, hollow mean being without worth or significance. vain implies either absolute or relative absence of value.
    • vain promises
nugatory suggests triviality or insignificance.
    • a monarch with nugatory powers
otiose suggests that something serves no purpose and is either an encumbrance or a superfluity.
    • a film without a single otiose scene
idle suggests being incapable of worthwhile use or effect.
    • idle speculations
empty and hollow suggest a deceiving lack of real substance or soundness or genuineness.
    • an empty attempt at reconciliation
    • a hollow victory

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hollow

verb

Definition of hollow

transitive verb
1 :to remove the inside of :to make hollow (see 2hollow)
  • a hollowed tree
  • hollowing out pumpkins for Halloween
2 :to form by removing the inside of something :to form by making something hollow usually used with out
  • rain barrels hollowed out from trees
  • —Robert Shaplen
  • hollowing out a tunnel
intransitive verb
:to become hollow
  • his cheeks had hollowed

Examples of hollow in a Sentence

  1. They hollowed the log to make a canoe.

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hollow

adverb

Definition of hollow

1 :so as to have a hollow (see 2hollow 4) sound
  • The sound echoed hollow in the cave.
:in a way that reflects a lack of real value, sincerity, or substance
  • Their threats rang hollow.
2 :completely, thoroughly
  • an ongoing story that has the old cowboy-and-Indians genre beat hollow
  • —Barbara Bannon
often used with all

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HOLLOW Defined for English Language Learners

hollow

play
noun

Definition of hollow for English Language Learners

  • : a place or area (especially on the ground) that is lower than the area around it

  • : an empty space inside of something


hollow

adjective

Definition of hollow for English Language Learners

  • : having nothing inside : not solid

  • : curved inward or down

  • : not having real value or meaning


hollow

verb

Definition of hollow for English Language Learners

  • : to remove the inside of (something)


HOLLOW Defined for Kids

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hollow

play
adjective hol·low \ ˈhä-lō \

Definition of hollow for Students

hollower; hollowest
1 :having a space inside :not solid
  • a hollow chocolate egg
2 :curved inward :sunken
  • hollow cheeks
3 :suggesting a sound made in an empty place
  • a hollow roar
4 :not sincere
  • a hollow promise

hollowly

adverb

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hollow

noun

Definition of hollow for Students

1 :a low spot in a surface
  • Circling around through the flats, I came to the hollow above the Pritchards' place.
  • —Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows
2 :a small valley
3 :an empty space within something
  • Owls live in the hollow of the tree.

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hollow

verb

Definition of hollow for Students

hollowed; hollowing
:to make or become hollow
  • The canoe was made by hollowing out a log.

Medical Dictionary

hollow

play
noun hol·low \ ˈhäl-(ˌ)ō, -ə(-w) \

medical Definition of hollow

:a depressed part of a surface or a concavity
  • the hollow at the back of the knee


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