hollow [hol-oh] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin adjective, hol·low·er, hol·low·est.
- having a space or cavity inside; not solid; empty: a hollow sphere.
- having a depression or concavity: a hollow surface.
- sunken, as the cheeks or eyes.
- (of sound) not resonant; dull, muffled, or deep: a hollow voice.
- without real or significant worth; meaningless: a hollow victory.
- insincere or false: hollow compliments.
- hungry; having an empty feeling: I feel absolutely hollow, so let’s eat.
- an empty space within anything; a hole, depression, or cavity.
- a valley: They took the sheep to graze in the hollow.
- Foundry. a concavity connecting two surfaces otherwise intersecting at an obtuse angle.
verb (used with object)
- to make hollow (often followed by out): to hollow out a log.
- to form by making something hollow (often followed by out): to hollow a place in the sand; boats hollowed out of logs.
verb (used without object)
- to become hollow.
- in a hollow manner: The politician’s accusations rang hollow.
- beat all hollow, to surpass or outdo completely: His performance beat the others all hollow.Also beat hollow.
Origin of hollow before 900; Middle English holw(e), holow, Old English holh a hollow place; akin to hole Related formshol·low·ly, adverbhol·low·ness, nounhalf-hol·low, adjectiveun·hol·low, adjectiveun·hol·lowed, adjectiveSynonyms for hollow 5. vain, empty, futile, pointless. Related Words for hollowing , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Examples from the Web for hollowing Contemporary Examples of hollowing
Locals call it the hollowing out of the city into an empty theme park.
July 5, 2013
Takeovers of foreign companies and government intervention in the markets have spooked investors, hollowing out key industries.
October 9, 2012
Historical Examples of hollowing
He filled his hollowing cheek with finer things than moaning.
Suddenly Queequeg started to his feet, hollowing his hand to his ear.
They then began to cross the plain with oxen, hollowing “haw.”
I then thought of felling a tree and hollowing it out by charring the timber.
Captain Frederick Marryat
So at length we come to the hollowing out and to the thicknesses of the belly.
Walter H. Mayson
British Dictionary definitions for hollowing hollow adjective
- having a hole, cavity, or space within; not solid
- having a sunken area; concave
- recessed or deeply sethollow cheeks
- (of sounds) as if resounding in a hollow place
- without substance or validity
- hungry or empty
- insincere; cynical
- a hollow leg or hollow legs the capacity to eat or drink a lot without ill effects
- beat someone hollow British informal to defeat someone thoroughly and convincingly
- a cavity, opening, or space in or within something
- a depression or dip in the land
verb (often foll by out, usually when tr)
- to make or become hollow
- to form (a hole, cavity, etc) or (of a hole, etc) to be formed
Derived Formshollowly, adverbhollowness, nounWord Origin for hollow C12: from holu, inflected form of Old English holh cave; related to Old Norse holr, German hohl; see hole Word Origin and History for hollowing hollow adj.
c.1200, from Old English holh (n.) “hollow place, hole,” from Proto-Germanic *hul-, from PIE *kel- “to cover, conceal” (see cell). The figurative sense of “insincere” is attested from 1520s. Related: Hollowly; hollowness. To carry it hollow “take it completely” is first recorded 1660s, of unknown origin or connection.
late 14c., holowen, from hollow (adj.). Related: Hollowed; hollowing.
“lowland, valley, basin,” 1550s, probably a modern formation from hollow (adj.). Old English had holh (n.) “cave, den; internal cavity.”
Idioms and Phrases with hollowing hollow
see beat the pants off (hollow).