- (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.
- a hollow moan
- (figuratively) Without substance; having no real or significant worth; meaningless.
- a hollow victory
- (figuratively) Insincere, devoid of validity; specious.
- a hollow promise
NounHollow (plural Hollows)
- A small valley between mountains; "he built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Rockies"
- A sunken area in something solid.
- (US) A sunken area, the equivalent to a copse in British English.
- (figuratively) A feeling of emptiness.
- to make a hole in something; to excavate (transitive)
Verbs for Hollow
bellow through—; blow through—; bore—; depress—; enclose—; excavate—; fashion—; occupy—; rest in—; shape—; shelter in—; sink into—; thrust into—; —interposes.
absurd, abysm, abyss, alveolation, alveolus, antrum, aperture, apparently sound, arid, armpit, artificial, bare, baritone, barren, basin, bass, blah, bland, blank, bleached, bloodless, boat-shaped, boatlike, booth, bootless, bowl, bowl-shaped, bowllike, box, broaching, casuistic, cave, cave in, cavelike, cavern, cavernous, cavity, cell, cellule, chamber, characterless, chasm, check, clear, clearing, cleft, cold, colorable, colorless, compartment, concave, concaved, concavity, contralto, costly, counterfeit, crack, crater, craterlike, crevasse, crib, crypt, cup, cup-shaped, cupped, cymbiform, cynical, dale, dead, deceitful, deceptive, deep, deep-echoing, deep-pitched, deep-toned, deepmouthed, dell, dent, dented, depressed, depression, depth, devoid, dig out, dig up, dip, disclosure, dish, dish-shaped, dished, dishing, dishlike, dishonest, disingenuous, dismal, draggy, drearisome, dreary, dredge, dry, dryasdust, dull, dusty, effete, elephantine, empty, empty-headed, empty-minded, empty-pated, empty-skulled, enclosed space, etiolated, excavate, excavation, fade, fallacious, false, famished, fatuitous, fatuous, featureless, feigned, fenestra, fistula, flat, fold, follicle, fontanel, foramen, fraudulent, fruitless, funnel chest, funnel-breasted, funnel-chested, funnel-shaped, furrow, futile, gap, gape, gat, glen, gouge, grave, gulf, heavy, hiatus, ho-hum, hold, hole, hollow out, hollow shell, hollowed, hungry, hypocritical, idle, illusive, impression, inane, incurve, incurved, incurving, incurvous, indentation, indented, ineffective, inexcitable, infundibular, infundibuliform, inlet, insincere, insipid, interval, jejune, jesuitic, lacuna, laying open, leaden, leak, lifeless, low, low-pitched, low-spirited, manger, mealymouthed, meaningless, mendacious, muffled, navicular, naviform, null, null and void, opening, opening up, orifice, otiose, outlet, overrefined, oversubtle, pale, pallid, passageway, pedestrian, pew, philosophistic, pit, plausible, plodding, pocket, pointless, poky, ponderous, pore, profitless, punch bowl, rattlebrained, rattleheaded, ravenous, retire, retiring, retreat, retreating, reverberant, sag, saucer-shaped, scaphoid, scatterbrained, scoop, scyphate, senseless, sepulchral, shaft, sham, shell, sink, sinkage, sinkhole, sinus, slot, slow, socket, solemn, sophistic, sophistical, space, specious, spiritless, split, spoonlike, spurious, stall, starved, sterile, stiff, stodgy, stoma, stuffy, sunk, sunken, superficial, tasteless, tedious, throwing open, toneless, tongue in cheek, trough, unavailing, uncandid, uncorking, unfilled, unfrank, unlively, unprofitable, unrelieved, unserious, unstopping, vacant, vacuity, vacuous, vain, valley, valueless, vapid, vault, void, vug, well, white, with nothing inside, without content, wooden, worthless, yawn, yawning abyss
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 (“hole, gap”), Sanskrit (kulyā, “brook, ditch”)), from *k̑óuhₓ- 'cavity'. More at cave.