adjective, hol·low·er, hol·low·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of hollow
Synonyms for hollow
Related Words for hollowingmuted, fruitless, worthless, futile, pointless, empty, useless, flimsy, cavern, sunken, depressed, void, vaulted, curved, cleft, notched, arched, dimpled, cupped, excavated
Examples from the Web for hollowing
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of hollowing
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
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).