hollow

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English[edit]

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • holler (nonstandard: dialectal, especially Southern US)

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Middle English holow, earlier holgh, from Old English holh (a hollow), from Proto-Germanic *holhwo-. Cognate with Old High German huliwa and hulwa, Middle High German hülwe. Perhaps related to hole.

Noun[edit]

hollow (plural hollows)

  1. A small valley between mountains.
    • c. 1710–20, Matthew Prior, The First Hymn Of Callimachus: To Jupiter
      Forests grew upon the barren hollows.
    • 1855, Alfred Tennyson, Maud
      I hate the dreadful hollow behind the little wood.
    He built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Rockies.
  2. A sunken area or unfilled space in something solid; a cavity, natural or artificial.
    the hollow of the hand or of a tree
  3. (US) A sunken area.
  4. (figuratively) A feeling of emptiness.
    a hollow in the pit of one's stomach
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Verb[edit]

hollow (third-person singular simple present hollows, present participle hollowing, simple past and past participle hollowed)

  1. (transitive) to make a hole in something; to excavate

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English holw, holeh.

Adjective[edit]

hollow (comparative hollower, superlative hollowest)

  1. (of something solid) Having an empty space or cavity inside.
    a hollow tree; a hollow sphere
  2. (of a sound) Distant, eerie; echoing, reverberating, as if in a hollow space; dull, muffled; often low-pitched.
    He let out a hollow moan.
    • 1903, George Gordon Byron, On Leaving Newstead Abbey
      Through thy battlements, Newstead, the hollow winds whistle:
  3. (figuratively) Without substance; having no real or significant worth; meaningless.
    a hollow victory
  4. (figuratively) Insincere, devoid of validity; specious.
    a hollow promise
  5. concave; gaunt; sunken.
    • c. 1596-1599, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
      To view with hollow eye and wrinkled brow
  6. (gymnastics) pertaining to hollow body position
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Adverb[edit]

hollow (not comparable)

  1. (colloquial) Completely, as part of the phrase beat hollow or beat all hollow.

Etymology 3[edit]

Compare holler.

Verb[edit]

hollow (third-person singular simple present hollows, present participle hollowing, simple past and past participle hollowed)

  1. To urge or call by shouting; to hollo.

Interjection[edit]

hollow

  1. Alternative form of hollo

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