Meaning of HOLLOW in English


I. ˈhä-(ˌ)lō noun

Etymology: Middle English holw, holh, from Old English holh hole, hollow — more at hole

Date: before 12th century

1. : an unfilled space : cavity , hole

2. : a depressed or low part of a surface ; especially : a small valley or basin

II. adjective

( hol·low·er ˈhä-lə-wər ; hol·low·est -lə-wəst)

Etymology: Middle English holw, holh, from holh hole

Date: 13th century

1. : having an indentation or inward curve : concave , sunken

2. : having a cavity within

a hollow tree

3. : lacking in real value, sincerity, or substance : false , meaningless

hollow promises

a victory over a weakling is hollow and without triumph — Ernest Beaglehole

4. : reverberating like a sound made in or by beating on a large empty enclosure : muffled

Synonyms: see vain

• hol·low·ly ˈhä-lō-lē, -lə-lē adverb

• hol·low·ness noun

III. verb

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

1. : to make hollow

2. : to form by a hollowing action — usually used with out

rain barrels hollow ed out from trees — Robert Shaplen

intransitive verb

: to become hollow

IV. adverb

Date: 1601

1. : so as to have a hollow sound

2. : completely , thoroughly

an ongoing story that has the old cowboy-and-Indians genre beat hollow — Barbara Bannon

— often used with all

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.