Meaning of HOLLOW in English


— hollowly , adv. — hollowness , n.

/hol"oh/ , adj., hollower, hollowest , n., v., adv.


1. having a space or cavity inside; not solid; empty: a hollow sphere.

2. having a depression or concavity: a hollow surface.

3. sunken, as the cheeks or eyes.

4. (of sound) not resonant; dull, muffled, or deep: a hollow voice.

5. without real or significant worth; meaningless: a hollow victory.

6. insincere or false: hollow compliments.

7. hungry; having an empty feeling: I feel absolutely hollow, so let's eat.


8. an empty space within anything; a hole, depression, or cavity.

9. a valley: They took the sheep to graze in the hollow.

10. Foundry. a concavity connecting two surfaces otherwise intersecting at an obtuse angle.


11. to make hollow (often fol. by out ): to hollow out a log.

12. to form by making something hollow (often fol. by out ): to hollow a place in the sand; boats hollowed out of logs.


13. to become hollow.


14. in a hollow manner: The politician's accusations rang hollow.

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

Also, beat hollow .

[ bef. 900; ME holw ( e ), holow, OE holh a hollow place; akin to HOLE ]

Syn. 5. vain, empty, futile, pointless.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .