Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[hol-oh-ahyd] /ˈhɒl oʊˌaɪd/
having sunken eyes.
Origin of hollow-eyed
First recorded in 1520-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for hollow-eyed
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • But I left you eating lotus, hollow-eyed and steeped in dreams.

  • He was haggard and hollow-eyed, and he carried a week's growth of beard on his chin.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • He stood before the two men, white-faced, hollow-eyed, speechless.

    The Traitors

    E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
  • He was calm in his resolution, albeit a little pale and hollow-eyed for it.

  • In the dim light she could see how haggard and hollow-eyed he had grown.

  • And Dinky-Dunk, for all his nonchalance, looked worried and hollow-eyed.

    The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer
  • The hostess rose languidly, with a pallid, hollow-eyed look of illness.

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
  • She had grown pale and hollow-eyed in these few days of anxiety.

    An Unoficial Patriot Helen Gardener
  • His face was paler than usual, while he was hollow-eyed, as if from want of sleep.

British Dictionary definitions for hollow-eyed


with the eyes appearing to be sunk into the face, as from excessive fatigue
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for hollow-eyed

Word Value for hollow

Scrabble Words With Friends