adjective, hol·low·er, hol·low·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of hollow
Synonyms for hollow
Related Words for hollownessvacuousness, destitution, desolation, chasm, blank, gap, vacancy, barrenness, vacuum, vacuity, waste, void, exhaustion, inanity, inanition
Examples from the Web for hollowness
Contemporary Examples of hollowness
But the closing of one school after another exposes the hollowness of those promises.The West Made Lots of Promises to Afghan Girls, Now It’s Breaking Them
October 20, 2014
My voice sounded cheerful and supportive, properly concealing the hollowness I felt.My Attack of Model Jealousy
February 9, 2014
In his voluble, guns-blazing manner, Adrover made the hollowness of New York Fashion Week, which ends Thursday, apparent.Designing for the One Percent at New York Fashion Week
February 14, 2012
We know too much now about the hollowness of institutions and the frailty of their leaders.The Naked Truth
February 18, 2009
Historical Examples of hollowness
Laura smiled as she glanced at his face, but it was not its hollowness she was thinking of.The Greater Power
How can a man of your age talk of being melancholy, or of the hollowness of existence?The Upper Berth
Francis Marion Crawford
You are Canadian—in you I can banish the coldness, hollowness, and degeneracy of Europe.The False Chevalier
William Douw Lighthall
There were no tears in his eyes, but a feeling of hollowness about his heart, and a great pain.Riders of the Silences
They gave off a muffled clink of hollowness when he tapped them.The Devil's Asteroid
Manly Wade Wellman
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).