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English adjective: hollow

1. hollow not solid; having a space or gap or cavity

SamplesA hollow wall.
A hollow tree.
Hollow cheeks.
His face became gaunter and more hollow with each year.

Similarcannular, cavernous, deep-set, fistular, fistulate, fistulous, recessed, sunken, tube-shaped, tubelike, tubular, vasiform

See alsoempty



2. hollow as if echoing in a hollow space

SamplesThe hollow sound of footsteps in the empty ballroom.


Antonymsnonresonant, unreverberant

3. hollow devoid of significance or point

SamplesEmpty promises.
A hollow victory.
Vacuous comments.

Synonymsempty, vacuous

Similarmeaningless, nonmeaningful


English noun: hollow

1. hollow (shape) a cavity or space in something

SamplesHunger had caused the hollows in their cheeks.

Broader (hypernym)cavity, enclosed space

2. hollow (object) a small valley between mountains

SamplesHe built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Appalachians.


Broader (hypernym)vale, valley

Narrower (hyponym)dell, dingle

3. hollow (object) a depression hollowed out of solid matter


Broader (hypernym)depression, natural depression

Narrower (hyponym)burrow, cavity, chuckhole, gopher hole, kettle, kettle hole, pit, pothole, rabbit burrow, rabbit hole, tunnel, wormhole

English verb: hollow

1. hollow (contact) remove the inner part or the core of

SamplesThe mining company wants to excavate the hillside.

Synonymsdig, excavate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw

Narrower (hyponym)ditch, drive, trench

2. hollow (contact) remove the interior of

SamplesHollow out a tree trunk.

ExamplesThey hollow the trees

Synonymscore out, hollow out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)empty

Narrower (hyponym)cave, cavern, cavern out, core, dig, dig out, draw in, excavate, gouge, hole, rout, scallop, scollop, scoop out, suck in, undermine

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