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"hollow" in British English

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hollowadjective

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

C2 having a hole or empty space inside: a hollow tube Hollow blocks are used because they are lighter. a hollow log
hollow cheeks/eyes
If you have hollow cheeks or eyes, your cheeks curve in or your eyes look deep in your head 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 legal fees. Even sex had become a hollow pleasure. Will their good intentions become realities or are they just hollow promises?
hollowness
noun [U] uk   /ˈhɒl.əʊ.nəs/  us   /ˈhɑː.loʊ.nəs/
the hollowness of fame/success

hollownoun [C]

uk   /ˈhɒl.əʊ/  us   /ˈhɑː.loʊ/
a hole or empty space in something, or a low area in a surface: The dog found a hollow in the ground to hide in from the wind.
US a valley: We used to go for long walks 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 empty space inside or on the surface of an object: a hollow tree His hollow cheeks and paleness made him look ill.
If a sound is hollow, it sounds as if it were made by hitting an empty container: the low, hollow rumble of thunder
  • hollow adjective (WITHOUT VALUE)

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

hollownoun [C]

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

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