[ hol-oh ]
/ ˈhɒl oʊ /
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.
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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
hol·low·ly, adverbhol·low·ness, nounhalf-hol·low, adjectiveun·hol·low, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for beat all hollow
/ (ˈhɒləʊ) /
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
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, noun
Word Origin for hollow
C12: from holu, inflected form of Old English holh cave; related to Old Norse holr, German hohl; see hole
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Idioms and Phrases with beat all hollow
see beat the pants off (hollow).
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