Language: Old English
Origin: holh 'hole, hollow place'


1 adjective

empty inside

having an empty space inside:
a hollow tree

hollow eyes/cheeks etc

HBH eyes etc where the skin sinks inwards:
He was short and thin, with hollow eyes.


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.

no value

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.

hollow laugh/voice etc

a hollow laugh or voice makes a weak sound and is without emotion
hollowly adverb:
Sam laughed hollowly.
hollowness noun [uncountable]

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