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(1)   Devoid of significance or point
"Empty promises"
"A hollow victory"
"Vacuous comments"
(2)   As if echoing in a hollow space
"The hollow sound of footsteps in the empty ballroom"
(3)   Deliberately deceptive
"Hollow (or false) promises"
"False pretenses"
(4)   Not solid; having a space or gap or cavity
"A hollow wall"
"A hollow tree"
"Hollow cheeks"
"His face became gaunter and more hollow with each year"


(5)   A depression hollowed out of solid matter
(6)   A small valley between mountains
"He built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Appalachians"
(7)   A cavity or space in something
"Hunger had caused the hollows in their cheeks"


(8)   Remove the interior of
"Hollow out a tree trunk"
(9)   Remove the inner part or the core of
"The mining company wants to excavate the hillside"


  1. (of something solid) Having an empty space or cavity inside.
  2. (of a sound) Distant, eerie; echoing, reverberating, as if in a hollow space; dull, muffled; often low-pitched.
    a hollow moan
  3. Without substance; having no real or significant worth; meaningless.
    a hollow victory
  4. Insincere, devoid of validity; specious.
    a hollow promise


  1. A small valley between mountains; "he built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Rockies"
  2. A sunken area in something solid.
  3. (US) A sunken area, the equivalent to a copse in British English.
  4. A feeling of emptiness.