- holler (nonstandard: dialectal, especially Southern US)
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhɒl.əʊ/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈhɑ.loʊ/
- Rhymes: -ɒləʊ
Middle English holw, holh, from Old English hol (“hollow”), from Proto-Germanic *hulaz (compare Dutch hol, German hohl, Danish hul), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱówHilo- (compare Albanian thellë (“deep”), Ancient Greek κοῖλος (koîlos, “hollow”), Avestan [script needed] (sūra, “hole, gap”)[script needed], Sanskrit कुल्या (kulyā, “brook, ditch”)), from *ḱówH- (“cavity”). More at cave.
- (of something solid) Having an empty space or cavity inside.
- a hollow tree; a hollow sphere
- (of a sound) Distant, eerie; echoing, reverberating, as if in a hollow space; dull, muffled; often low-pitched.
- a hollow moan
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
- (figuratively) Without substance; having no real or significant worth; meaningless.
- a hollow victory
- (figuratively) Insincere, devoid of validity; specious.
- a hollow promise
- Depressed; concave; gaunt; sunken.
- With hollow eye and wrinkled brow.
hollow (not comparable)
hollow (plural hollows)
- A small valley between mountains; a low spot surrounded by elevations.
- Forests grew upon the barren hollows.
- I hate the dreadful hollow behind the little wood.
- He built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Rockies.
- A sunken area or unfilled space in something solid; a cavity, natural or artificial.
- the hollow of the hand or of a tree
- (US) A sunken area.
- (figuratively) A feeling of emptiness.
- a hollow in the pit of one's stomach
- One who has lost their purpose, their motivation to live.
- Oh, you... You're no Hollow, eh?
- to make a hole in something; to excavate (transitive)
- To urge or call by shouting; to hollo.
- Sir Walter Scott
- He has hollowed the hounds.
- Sir Walter Scott
- Alternative form of
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.