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Pronunciation: /ˈhɑːləʊ; ˈhɒləʊ/

Translation of hollow in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 [tree/tooth/wall] hueco I feel a bit hollow tengo el estómago vacío he must have a hollow leg o (British English/inglés británico) 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.
    1.2 [sound] hueco; [voice] apagado, ahogado
    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.
    1.3 [cheeks/eyes] hundido
    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 [success/triumph] vacío 2.2 [person] vacío, vacuo; [promises/threats] vano, falso; [words] hueco, vacío 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 sb all hollow o (British English/inglés británico) beat sb hollow [colloquial/familiar] darle* una paliza a algn [colloquial/familiar]
    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.
    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.


Phrasal verbs

hollow out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
vaciar*, ahuecar*

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