- 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.
- 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.
- to become hollow.
- in a hollow manner: The politician's accusations rang hollow.
- beat all hollow, to surpass or outdo completely: His performance beat the others all hollow.Also beat hollow.
Origin of hollow
Synonyms for hollowSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for hollowedshovel, indent, notch, groove, dig, remove, dent, trench, scoop, chase, channel, dish, gorge, ditch, pit, excavate, rut, furrow, rabbet, corrugate
Examples from the Web for hollowed
Contemporary Examples of hollowed
Dingoes make their homes in hollowed out logs, dens, or rabbit holes.Pets or Predators? 10 Things About Australia’s Famous Dog, the Dingo
June 13, 2012
The woman who was the spokesperson held out a calabash, a hollowed out gourd traditionally used to hold the cutters' instruments.How the Gambia is Fighting FGC
February 5, 2011
Fire was actually carried in hollowed out branches in which an ember was placed.The Truth About Genesis
September 18, 2009
His cheeks were hollowed, and his body looked as if it had shrunk to fit the tiny cabin.'Are You Also With Fever?'
Dr. Abraham Verghese
February 11, 2009
Historical Examples of hollowed
But all that they hacked and hewed, picked and hollowed, was labor lost.
Its top, hollowed by the weathers, made a seat which just fitted him.The Trimming of Goosie
Seeing that he was not understood he raised his arm and hollowed his hand above his mouth.The Long Roll
They hollowed out the center till the sides were thin toward the top.An American Robinson Crusoe
Samuel. B. Allison
On it was a stone pot, hollowed, like the lamp, out of a large stone.Left on Labrador
Charles Asbury Stephens
- 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
- insincere; cynical
- 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
- to make or become hollow
- to form (a hole, cavity, etc) or (of a hole, etc) to be formed
Word Origin for hollow
Word Origin and History for hollowed
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."
Idioms and Phrases with hollowed
see beat the pants off (hollow).