ring hollow

Definition of ring hollow

  1. :  to seem untruthful or insincere Their promises ring hollow. His apology rang hollow.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a circular band for holding, connecting, hanging, pulling, packing, or sealing

    :  a circlet usually of precious metal worn especially on the finger

    :  a circular line, figure, or object

  1. :  to provide with a ring

    :  to place or form a ring around :  encircle

    :  girdle

  1. :  to sound resonantly or sonorously

    :  to be filled with a reverberating sound :  resound

    :  to have the sensation of being filled with a humming sound

  1. :  a set of bells

    :  a clear resonant sound made by or resembling that made by vibrating metal

    :  resonant tone :  sonority

  1. :  an unfilled space :  cavity, hole

    :  a depressed or low part of a surface

    :  a small valley or basin

  1. :  having an indentation or inward curve :  concave, sunken

    :  having an unfilled or hollowed-out space within

    :  lacking in real value, sincerity, or substance :  false, meaningless

  1. :  to remove the inside of :  to make hollow (see 2hollow)

    :  to become hollow

  1. :  so as to have a hollow (see 2hollow 4) sound :  in a way that reflects a lack of real value, sincerity, or substance

    :  completely, thoroughly

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