From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhollowhol‧low1 /ˈhɒləʊ $ ˈhɑː-/ ●●○ adjective 🔊 🔊 1HOLEempty inside having an emptyspace inside 🔊 a hollow tree► see thesaurus at empty2 →hollow eyes/cheeks etc3LOW SOUND OR VOICEsound a hollow sound is low and clear like the sound made when you hit something empty 🔊 There was a hollow thump as the cars collided.4no valuePRETEND words, events, or people that are hollow have no real worth or value 🔊 They won, but it was a hollow victory. 🔊 Even as he spoke, Ivan was well aware of the hollow ring to his words.5 →hollow laugh/voice etc —hollowly adverb 🔊 Sam laughed hollowly. —hollowness noun [uncountable]
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hollow• But there was something hollow about the whole experience.• The walls are made of hollowconcreteblocks.• How can I insulate the hollow door?• The hollow eyes on the pillow were filling with tears.• A well-shaped grey head leaned to peer at her out of concernedhollow eyes, whose colour she could not determine.• After all, the only connections between the two were a metalchain and a hollowrubbertube.• But they sounded more hollow than they had done a year earlier, and were certainly less widespread.• hollowthreats• The bread should sound hollow when you tap the bottom.hollow victory• He thought how sorry he felt for Grover, stuck with his hollow victories.• If he had been absent I would have looked upon it as something of a hollow victory.hollowhollow2 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 HOLEa place in something that is at a slightly lower level than its surface syn dip 🔊 Make a slight hollow in the middle of each cake.