adjective, hol·low·er, hol·low·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of hollow
Synonyms for hollow
verb (often foll by out, usually when tr)
Word Origin for hollow
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."
see under beat the pants off.
see beat the pants off (hollow).