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Meaning of “hollow” in the English Dictionary

"hollow" in British English

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hollowadjective

uk   /ˈhɒl.əʊ/  us   /ˈhɑː.loʊ/
  • hollow adjective (EMPTY)

C2 having a ​hole or ​emptyspace inside: a hollow ​tube Hollow ​blocks are used because they are ​lighter. a hollow ​loghollow cheeks/eyes If you have hollow ​cheeks or ​eyes, ​yourcheekscurve in or ​youreyeslookdeep in ​yourhead because you are ​old, ​tired, or ​ill.

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  • hollow adjective (NOT SINCERE)

C2 (of ​situations, ​feelings, or words) without ​value, or not ​true or ​sincere: It was something of a hollow victory - she ​won the ​case but ​lost all her ​savings in ​legalfees. Even ​sex had ​become a hollow ​pleasure. Will ​their good ​intentionsbecome realities or are they just hollow ​promises?
hollowness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
the hollowness of ​fame/​success

hollownoun [C]

uk   /ˈhɒl.əʊ/  us   /ˈhɑː.loʊ/
a ​hole or ​emptyspace in something, or a ​lowarea in a ​surface: The ​dogfound a hollow in the ​ground to ​hide in from the ​wind. US a ​valley: We used to go for ​longwalks in the hollow. Sleepy Hollow
(Definition of hollow from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hollow" in American English

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hollowadjective

 us   /ˈhɑl·oʊ/
  • hollow adjective (EMPTY)

having an ​emptyspace inside or on the ​surface of an ​object: a hollow ​tree His hollow ​cheeks and paleness made him ​lookill. If a ​sound is hollow, it ​sounds as if it were made by ​hitting an ​emptycontainer: the ​low, hollow ​rumble of ​thunder
  • hollow adjective (WITHOUT VALUE)

(of ​situations, ​feelings, or words) ​lackingvalue; not ​true or ​sincere: a hollow ​victory hollow ​promises Their objections had a hollow ​ring (= did not ​seemsincere).

hollownoun [C]

 us   /ˈhɑl·oʊ/
  • hollow noun [C] (EMPTY)

an ​emptyspace inside something; a ​hole A hollow is also a ​smallvalley: We ​hiked along Bear Hollow last ​weekend.
(Definition of hollow from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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