ring hollow

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of ring hollow

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

Word by Word Definitions

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

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

  3. : a circular line, figure, or object

  1. : to provide with a ring

  2. : to place or form a ring around : encircle

  3. : girdle

  1. : to sound resonantly or sonorously

  2. : to be filled with a reverberating sound : resound

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

  1. : a set of bells

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

  3. : resonant tone : sonority

hollow play
  1. : an unfilled space : cavity, hole

  2. : a depressed or low part of a surface

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

  2. : having an unfilled or hollowed-out space within

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

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

  2. : to form by removing the inside of something : to form by making something hollow

  3. : 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

  2. : completely, thoroughly


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