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 hollowly
Historical Examples of hollowly
"It was thus I left my loved ones," the Wanderer said hollowly.Wanderer of Infinity
The actor laughed like a man of small humor, mellowly, but hollowly.The Story of a Play
W. D. Howells
The lady who received us was effusive to Aunt Eliza and hollowly gracious to me.Dream Days
"There's no longer an Antamunda," John Andrusco said hollowly.Get Out of Our Skies!
E. K. Jarvis
His voice was low, but it rang as hollowly as though he were from another world.Out of the Air
Inez Haynes Irwin
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).