adjective, hol·low·er, hol·low·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of hollow
Synonyms for hollow
Examples from the Web for hollow
Contemporary Examples of hollow
The young man weaves through clusters of bamboo and cuts a diagonal slash into a tree, positioning a hollow log at the end.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
He pressed a hollow shell casing into my palm and leaned towards my ear, “I PICKED IT UP FROM THE BEDROOM!”I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
Head of State was prescient, but hollow; I Think I Love My Wife was bland; and the documentary Good Hair was fascinating fun.Oscar Season Kicks Off in Toronto: Channing Tatum, Kristen Stewart, and More Court Awards Glory
September 14, 2014
The boy stops making noise, and there's a hollow absence of sound for few moments before the Iraqi soldiers start shouting again.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
In the end, Hollow pulled out a withering attack that outpaced Budden both in speed and viciousness.America’s Poets: Battle Rap Gets Real
July 15, 2014
Historical Examples of hollow
"He had a gun shoved into the hollow of his throat," said Andy.Way of the Lawless
But see the church in the hollow, and the folk who cluster in the churchyard!The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Even the fertile vale, in the hollow of which it lay, had ceased to have existence.The Miraculous Pitcher
Bein' born on Hollow eve,' says he, 'I couldn't be nothin' else.Quaint Courtships
It forms a speaking telegraph without the necessity of any hollow tube.'Heroes of the Telegraph
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 beat the pants off (hollow).