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American English: /ˈhɑloʊ/
British English: /ˈhɒləʊ/

Translation of hollow in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1
    I feel a bit hollow
    tengo el estómago vacío
    he must have a hollow leg o (British English) hollow legs
    debe tener la solitaria
    es un barril sin fondo
    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.
    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.
    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.
  • 2 2.1
    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.
    his words had a hollow ring, his words rang hollow
    sus palabras sonaban falsas
    she gave a hollow laugh
    soltó una risa sardónica
    to beat somebody all hollow o (British English) beat somebody hollow [colloquial]
    darle una paliza a alguien [colloquial]
    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.


  • 1 (empty space)
    Example sentences
    • Electrical and communication components can be encased in nonconductive materials and fitted together within concrete hollows behind prescribed openings in the walls for outlets.
    • The actuator body pivots about a pivot axis and is attached to the cartridge bearing assembly disposed within an inner hollow of the actuator body.
    • I pulled the small piece of parchment from within the hollow of the band and handed it to Janet for her to read out loud.
  • 2 (depression) the hollow of one's hand
    el cuenco or (Mexico) la cuenca de la mano
    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.
  • 3 (dell, valley)
    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.

Phrasal verbs

hollow out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
Definition of hollow in:
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