Meaning of HOLLOW in English


I. hol ‧ low 1 /ˈhɒləʊ $ ˈhɑː-/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: holh 'hole, hollow place' ]

1 . EMPTY INSIDE having an empty space inside:

a hollow tree

2 . hollow eyes/cheeks etc eyes etc where the skin sinks inwards:

He was short and thin, with hollow eyes.

3 . SOUND a hollow sound is low and clear like the sound made when you hit something empty:

There was a hollow thump as the cars collided.

4 . NO VALUE words, events, or people that are hollow have no real worth or value:

They won, but it was a hollow victory.

Even as he spoke, Ivan was well aware of the hollow ring to his words.

5 . hollow laugh/voice etc a hollow laugh or voice makes a weak sound and is without emotion

—hollowly adverb :

Sam laughed hollowly.

—hollowness noun [uncountable]

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■ with nothing in it or on it

▪ empty used about something that has nothing inside:

an empty can of hair spray


The fridge is almost empty.

▪ blank used about a computer screen or a piece of paper that has no writing or pictures on it, or a CD, DVD etc with nothing recorded on it:

a blank sheet of paper


He stared at the blank screen for a few minutes.


a blank tape

▪ bare used about a room or cupboard that has very little in it:

His room was bare except for a bed and a wardrobe.

▪ hollow used about something that has an empty space inside:

a hollow tree


The suitcase had a hollow bottom.

II. hollow 2 BrE AmE noun [countable]

a place in something that is at a slightly lower level than its surface SYN dip :

Make a slight hollow in the middle of each cake.

III. hollow 3 BrE AmE verb [transitive usually passive]

to make the surface of something curve inwards:

The steps were hollowed by centuries of use.

hollow something ↔ out phrasal verb

to make a hole or empty space by removing the inside part of something

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.