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adjective British English pronunciation: hollow /ˈhɒləʊ/ 
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adjectivehollow
comparativehollower
superlativehollowest

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 1
    empty inside

    The tree trunk was completely hollow.

    hollow chocolate eggs

  2. 3
    hollow promises or threats are not sincere, or are about things that will not really happen

    The government's election promises now seem increasingly hollow.

    1. a.
      with no real meaning

      a hollow display of friendship

      We had won, but it was a hollow victory.

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