adjective, hol·low·er, hol·low·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- hollow back,
- hollow bone,
- hollow leg,
- hollow newel,
- hollow sea
Origin of hollow
Examples from the Web for hollow
The young man weaves through clusters of bamboo and cuts a diagonal slash into a tree, positioning a hollow log at the end.
He pressed a hollow shell casing into my palm and leaned towards my ear, “I PICKED IT UP FROM THE BEDROOM!”
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|Marlow Stern|September 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
In the end, Hollow pulled out a withering attack that outpaced Budden both in speed and viciousness.
It is quite impossible for me to decide if, by digging straight down, I shall come to a hollow cell or to a solid wall.The Mason-bees|J. Henri Fabre
It is said that the nest is sometimes built in the crevices of cliffs or in hollow trees.
Beyond the hollow stretched a belt of upheaved ridges of brick-red sandstone.The Trail of Conflict|Emilie Baker Loring
His cheeks are hollow and pale; he looks dejected, and yet fierce.Nancy|Rhoda Broughton
The deformity presents a combination of the hollow foot—pes cavus—with pes calcaneus, and resembles that of a Chinese lady's foot.
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).