Thesaurus

hollow

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of hollow

  1. curved inward there's a noticeably hollow spot in the mattress where he has been sleeping Synonyms of hollow concave, dented, depressed, dished, indented, recessed, sunken Words Related to hollow alveolar, cavernous, crescentic, cuplike, cupped, cuppy, recurved; dimpled, pockmarked; compressed, condensed, contracted, diminished, reduced Near Antonyms of hollow ballooning, bloated, blown up, bulbous, distended, enlarged, expanded, extended, inflated, jutting, projecting, puffed, puffy, risen, swollen; domed, global, globular, round, rounded, spherical Antonyms of hollow bulging, cambered, convex, protruding, protrusive, protuberant

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

hollow

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of hollow

  1. 1 a sunken area forming a separate space made a little hollow in her mound of mashed potatoes and filled it with gravy Synonyms of hollow cavity, concavity, dent, depression, dint, hole, indentation, indenture, pit, recessWords Related to hollow burrow, cave, cavern, ditch, excavation, furrow, groove, gutter, trench, trough; basin, bowl, valley; alcove, cleft, niche, nook, opening, recess, socket; alveolus, dimple, gouge, impression, imprint, notch, pocket; borehole, chuckhole, crater, posthole, pothole, sinkhole, wallow, water hole, well; abyss, chasm, gulf, vacuity, vacuum, voidNear Antonyms of hollow hill, mound, rise; bump, bunch, hump, lump, pimple, swell, swelling, tumorAntonyms of hollow bulge, camber, convexity, jut, projection, protrusion, protuberance

  2. 2 an area of lowland between hills or mountains a quaint village nestled in a hollow among green hills Synonyms of hollow dale, dene [British], valley, valeWords Related to hollow canyon (also cañon), combe (also coombe or coomb) [British], dell, depression, dingle, glen, gorge, gulch, gully (also gulley), kloof [South African], ravine, rift valley; basin, bowlNear Antonyms of hollow alp, mount, mountain, peak; height, mountaintop, pinnacle, summit; plateau, tableland



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up hollow? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to praise usually to excess

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!