Idioms

    beat all hollow, to surpass or outdo completely: His performance beat the others all hollow.Also beat hollow.

Origin of hollow

before 900; Middle English holw(e), holow, Old English holh a hollow place; akin to hole
Related formshol·low·ly, adverbhol·low·ness, nounhalf-hol·low, adjectiveun·hol·low, adjectiveun·hol·lowed, adjective

Synonyms for hollow

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Examples from the Web for hollowly

Historical Examples of hollowly

  • "It was thus I left my loved ones," the Wanderer said hollowly.

  • 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

    Kenneth Grahame

  • "There's no longer an Antamunda," John Andrusco said hollowly.

  • His voice was low, but it rang as hollowly as though he were from another world.

    Out of the Air

    Inez Haynes Irwin


British Dictionary definitions for hollowly

hollow

adjective

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

adverb

beat someone hollow British informal to defeat someone thoroughly and convincingly

noun

a cavity, opening, or space in or within something
a depression or dip in the land

verb (often foll by out, usually when tr)

to make or become hollow
to form (a hole, cavity, etc) or (of a hole, etc) to be formed
Derived Formshollowly, adverbhollowness, noun

Word Origin for hollow

C12: from holu, inflected form of Old English holh cave; related to Old Norse holr, German hohl; see hole
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Word Origin and History for hollowly

hollow

adj.

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.

hollow

v.

late 14c., holowen, from hollow (adj.). Related: Hollowed; hollowing.

hollow

n.

"lowland, valley, basin," 1550s, probably a modern formation from hollow (adj.). Old English had holh (n.) "cave, den; internal cavity."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with hollowly

hollow

see beat the pants off (hollow).

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