WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
hol•low /ˈhɑloʊ/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -er, -est, n., v., adv. 
  1. having a space or cavity inside;
    empty:a hollow sphere.
  2. (of a surface) having a curve inward or downward:a hollow surface.
  3. sunken:hollow cheeks.
  4. (of a sound) not resonant;
    dull, muffled, or deep:He answered in a hollow voice.
  5. not having significance or importance;
    meaningless:a hollow victory.
  6. insincere;
    false:a hollow laugh.

n. [countable]
  1. a shallow valley.

  1. hollow out, [ + out + obj]
    • to make hollow:to hollow out a log.
    • to form (something) by this action:hollowed out a canoe from a log.

  1. in a hollow manner.
hol•low•ly, adv. 
hol•low•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
hol•low  (holō),USA pronunciation adj.,  -er, -est, 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.

  1. an empty space within anything;
    a hole, depression, or cavity.
  2. a valley:They took the sheep to graze in the hollow.
  3. Metallurgy[Foundry.]a concavity connecting two surfaces otherwise intersecting at an obtuse angle.

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

  1. to become hollow.

  1. in a hollow manner:The politician's accusations rang hollow.
  2. Idiomsbeat all hollow, to surpass or outdo completely:His performance beat the others all hollow.
Also,  beat hollow.  hollow•ly, adv. 
hollow•ness, n. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English holw(e), holow, Old English holh a hollow place; akin to hole
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged vain, empty, futile, pointless.

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hollow /ˈhɒləʊ/ adj
  1. having a sunken area; concave
  2. recessed or deeply set: hollow cheeks
  3. (of sounds) as if resounding in a hollow place
  4. without substance or validity
  5. hungry or empty
  6. insincere; cynical
  1. beat someone hollowBrit informal to defeat someone thoroughly and convincingly
  1. a cavity, opening, or space in or within something
  2. a depression or dip in the land
often followed by out, usually when tr:
  1. to make or become hollow
  2. to form (a hole, cavity, etc) or (of a hole, etc) to be formed
Etymology: 12th Century: from holu, inflected form of Old English holh cave; related to Old Norse holr, German hohl; see hole

ˈhollowly adv ˈhollowness n

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