how to pronounce hollow


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hollow is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of hollow in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… and how incredibly sad and hollow he …”

meanings of hollow


  1. Concave; gaunt; sunken.
  2. Having an empty space or cavity inside.
  3. Pertaining to hollow body position.
  4. Distant, eerie; echoing, reverberating, as if in a hollow space; dull, muffled; often low-pitched.
  5. Without substance; having no real or significant worth; meaningless.
  6. Insincere, devoid of validity; specious.


  1. A feeling of emptiness.
  2. A sunken area.
  3. A sunken area or unfilled space in something solid; a cavity, natural or artificial.
  4. A small valley between mountains.


  1. To make a hole in something; to excavate.
  2. To call or urge by shouting; to hollo.


  1. Completely, as part of the phrase beat hollow or beat all hollow.


  1. Alternative form of hollo.

hollow frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word hollow occurs in english on average 9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics hollow can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that hollow can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) life, nature, and living environment;

words that rhyme with hollow


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