- ( UK ) IPA: /ˈhɒl.əʊ/
- ( US ) IPA: /ˈhɑ.loʊ/
- Rhymes: -ɒləʊ
- ( of something solid ) Having an empty space or cavity inside .
- ( of a sound ) Distant, eerie; echoing, reverberating, as if in a hollow space; dull, muffled; often low-pitched .
- ( figuratively ) Without substance; having no real or significant worth; meaningless .
- ( figuratively ) Insincere, devoid of validity; specious .
Middle English holw, holh, from Old English hol ( “hollow” ), from Proto-Germanic *hulaz ( compare Dutch hol, German hohl, Danish hul ), from Proto-Indo-European *k̑óuhₓ-ilo ( compare Albanian thellë ( “deep” ), Ancient Greek κοῖλος ( koĩlos, “hollow” )', Avestan ( sūra ), Sanskrit ( kulyā, “brook, ditch” ) ), from *k̑óuhₓ- 'cavity'. More at cave .
Explanation of hollow by Wordnet Dictionary
- a hollow victory
- Hollow a. [OE. holow, holgh, holf, AS. holh a hollow, hole. Cf. Hole.]
1. Having an empty space or cavity, natural or artificial, within a solid substance; not solid; excavated in the interior; as, “a hollow tree; a hollow sphere.”
Hollow with boards shalt thou make it. Ex. xxvii. 8.
2. Depressed; concave; gaunt; sunken.
With hollow eye and wrinkled brow. Shak.
3. Reverberated from a cavity, or resembling such a sound; deep; muffled; as, “a hollow roar”. Dryden.
4. Not sincere or faithful; false; deceitful; not sound; as, “a hollow heart; a hollow friend.” Milton.
Hollow newel ( Arch. ), an opening in the center of a winding staircase in place of a newel post, the stairs being supported by the wall; an open newel; also, the stringpiece or rail winding around the well of such a staircase. -- Hollow quoin ( Engin. ), a pier of stone or brick made behind the lock gates of a canal, and containing a hollow or recess to receive the ends of the gates. -- Hollow root. ( Bot. ) See Moschatel. -- Hollow square. See Square. -- Hollow ware, hollow vessels; -- a trade name for cast-iron kitchen utensils, earthenware, etc.
Syn.- Concave; sunken; low; vacant; empty; void; false; faithless; deceitful; treacherous.
- Hollow n.
1. A cavity, natural or artificial; an unfilled space within anything; a hole, a cavern; an excavation; as the hollow of the hand or of a tree.
2. A low spot surrounded by elevations; a depressed part of a surface; a concavity; a channel.
Upon the barren hollows. Prior.
I hate the dreadful hollow behind the little wood. Tennyson.
- Hollow, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hollowed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Hollowing.] To make hollow, as by digging, cutting, or engraving; to excavate. “Trees rudely hollowed.” Dryden.
- Hollow, adv. Wholly; completely; utterly; -- chiefly after the verb to beat, and often with all; as, “this story beats the other all hollow”. See All, adv. [Colloq.]
The more civilized so-called Caucasian races have beaten the Turks hollow in the struggle for existence. Darwin.
- Hollow interj. [See Hollo.] Hollo.
- Hollow v. i. To shout; to hollo.
Whisperings and hollowings are alike to a deaf ear. Fuller.
- Hollow, v. t. To urge or call by shouting.
He has hollowed the hounds. Sir W. Scott.
Definition of hollow by GCIDE Dictionary