- 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
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Examples from the Web for hollowing
Locals call it the hollowing out of the city into an empty theme park.The Big Idea: How Tourism Can Destroy the Places We Love
July 5, 2013
Takeovers of foreign companies and government intervention in the markets have spooked investors, hollowing out key industries.After the Presidential Election, a Tough Road for Hugo Chávez
October 9, 2012
He filled his hollowing cheek with finer things than moaning.Adventures in the Arts
Suddenly Queequeg started to his feet, hollowing his hand to his ear.Moby Dick; or The Whale
They then began to cross the plain with oxen, hollowing "haw."Cowboy Songs
I then thought of felling a tree and hollowing it out by charring the timber.The Little Savage
Captain Frederick Marryat
So at length we come to the hollowing out and to the thicknesses of the belly.Violin Making
Walter H. Mayson
- 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 and History for hollowing
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 hollowing
see beat the pants off (hollow).