- 1Having a hole or empty space inside: each fiber has a hollow coreMore example sentences
- The inside was black and hollow, making it look like an empty tube.
- Only the grimy streets and the hollow shell of his mother's home remain.
- The framework is basically a hollow cylinder of collagenous connective tissue, the skin.
- 1.1(Of a thing) having a depression in its surface; concave: hollow cheeksMore example sentences
- Facial wasting, a condition identified by sunken cheeks, hollow eyes and temples is caused by a loss of fat tissue under the skin.
- They had hollow eyes and sunken cheeks, and they wailed horribly in the darkness.
- Her cheeks were sunken and hollow, her body almost frail-looking, her hair limp and sticking to her face.
- 1.2(Of a sound) echoing, as though made in or on an empty container: a hollow coughMore example sentences
- The cold, hollow sounds of their steps echoing behind them made the little hairs on the back of his neck rise.
- I dropped the pole and it clattered to the pier with a hollow thunk.
- It hit a tree with a hollow clunk and bounced back to land at his feet.
- 2Without significance: the result was a hollow victoryMore example sentences
- A deeper read, however, suggests something more complicated, a pattern of embarrassing defeats and hollow victories.
- There is a call for peaceful direct action that could leave the hardliners with a certain but hollow victory when the election results come in.
- Fielding women candidates can be a hollow victory if they are not resourced to campaign effectively and confidently.
- 2.1Insincere: a hollow promiseMore example sentences
- The first item on that shopping list will trigger hollow laughter among the rest of the world's steel makers.
- It was a very hollow gesture.
- We cement our relationships with our barren love and hollow dialogues.
nounBack to top
- 1A hole or depression in something: a hollow at the base of a large treeMore example sentences
- European Starlings are cavity nesters, and nests are generally located in natural hollows, old woodpecker holes, birdhouses, or building eaves and crevices.
- I pulled the last button through what I hoped was its corresponding hole just below the hollow of my neck, and for the first time looked down at my breakfast.
- How convenient it was that all the prey species were excavating holes and hollows and leafy chambers, and stuffing them with helpless nestlings just when he needed them.
- 1.1A small valley: the house fell behind as they climbed out of the hollowMore example sentences
- A thaw finally set in but the snow remained in many hollows and mountainous areas right into the summer of that year.
- Cool, humid air after the warmth of the city, and patches of fog in the hollows; smells of car exhaust on the way out, and fishy smells once we got there.
- In the hollow of this tiny valley, lay a white public house.
verb[with object] Back to top
- 1Form by making a hole: a tunnel was hollowed out in a mountain rangeMore example sentences
- The room was circular and looked like it had been hollowed out from some giant tree.
- Two floors were hollowed out of the hillside beneath the Research Station, so that the facility could withstand a direct hit from a German bomb.
- It's about three feet long and was hollowed out naturally by termites, which is the way they are made.
- 1.1Make a depression in.More example sentences
- The rock is soft enough to be hollowed out, but it remains solid and waterproof.
beat someone hollow
- Defeat or surpass someone completely or thoroughly.More example sentences
- Irish landlords were bad enough in the past, but this new importation from England beats them hollow.
- I had the pleasure of beating him hollow at Pro Evolution Soccer 4.
- Team-Pakistan beat India hollow at the Kotla grounds.
- More example sentences
- He called out, listening to his voice echo hollowly.
- The sound echoed hollowly off the cavernous walls.
- However, styling does remain a vital part of fashion's vocabulary, and if it's not hollowly peddling the same old clothes it can be rather thrilling.
- More example sentences
- The corruption and hollowness revealed in the prosecution of this war are too contemptible for words.
- Their faces have taken on a sort of hollowness as they have aged.
- I really miss my children, and that hollowness in my stomach that represents all that sadness never leaves me.
Old English holh 'cave'; obscurely related to hole.