Definition of hollow noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhɒləʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːloʊ//
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  1. 1an area that is lower than the surface around it, especially on the ground muddy hollows The wheelbarrow got stuck in a hollow. The village lay secluded in a hollow of the hills (= a small valley). She noticed the slight hollows under his cheekbones.
  2. 2a hole or a confined space in something The squirrel disappeared into a hollow at the base of the tree.
  3. Word OriginOld English holh ‘cave’; obscurely related to hole.Extra examples Snow lay in dark hollows. a hollow in the ground the hollow of her throat All but one of the ponds are empty, their sites marked only by muddy hollows. She suddenly felt a hollow in her stomach, and longed for a friendly face.
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