hollow
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (empty)
a. hueco
The bees made a hive in a hollow tree.Las abejas hicieron un panal en un árbol hueco.
b. vacío
It's been hours since I ate and my stomach is feeling hollow.Hace horas que comí y mi estómago se siente vacío.
2. (sunken)
a. hundido
He's recovered from typhoid, but his cheeks still look hollow.Se recuperó de la tifoidea, pero sus mejillas siguen viéndose hundidas.
3. (insincere)
a. falso
There are millions of people who believe this politician's hollow promises.Hay millones de personas que creen en las promesas falsas de este político.
b. vano
Their threats turned out not to be hollow after all.Sus amenazas resultaron no ser vanas después de todo.
c. hueco
His hollow words angered the public.Sus palabras huecas enfurecieron al público.
d. vacío
It was a hollow victory. He paid his lawyer more than what he won in the settlement.Fue una victoria vacía. Le pagó a su abogado más de lo que ganó en la resolución.
e. sardónico
He let out a hollow laugh when he got the news that his enemy was in jail.Soltó una risa sardónica al enterarse de que su enemigo se encontraba en la cárcel.
4. (muffled)
a. hueco
There was a hollow noise coming from under the floor.Había un ruido hueco que venía de debajo del piso.
b. apagado
The patient asked for some water in a hollow voice.El paciente pidió agua con voz apagada.
5. (insincerely)
a. falso
All of her excuses sound hollow.Todos sus pretextos suenan falsos.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (empty space)
a. el hueco
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Vincent hides cash in a hollow in the wall behind the sofa.Vincent esconde efectivo en un hueco en la pared detrás del sofá.
7. (depression)
a. el hoyo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The rabbit hid from the hawk in a hollow in the ground.El conejo se escondió del halcón en un hoyo en la tierra.
b. el cuenco
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Jennifer put some dog food in the hollow of her hand for Spot.Jennifer se puso un poco de comida de perros en el cuenco de la mano para darle a Spot.
c. la cuenca
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
You should wet your hands before applying some soap to the hollow of your hand.Humedézcase las manos antes de aplicar el jabón en la cuenca de la mano.
d. la depresión
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
On cold winter nights, a chickadee will find an insulated place in the tree bark or a hollow in the ground.En las noches frías de invierno, los carboneros buscan un sitio con aislación en la corteza de los árboles o en una depresión en el suelo.
8. (valley)
a. la hondonada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Justin built his house in a little hollow just over the first hill from the beach.Justin construyó su casa en una pequeña hondonada justo pasando la primera colina yendo desde la playa.
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hollow
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. el hueco
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
2. (in ground)
a. la depresión
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (container, log)
a. hueco(a)
4. (cheek, eyes)
a. hundido(a)
5. (sound)
a. hueco(a), resonante
in a hollow voicecon voz hueca
a hollow laughuna risa sardónica
6. (promise, guarantee)
a. vacío(a)
hollow victoryvictoria deslucida
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
7. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to sound hollowsonar a hueco
8. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to beat somebody hollowdar una (buena) paliza a alguien
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hollow [ˈhɒləʊ]
adjective
1 [+tree, object] hueco; [+cheeks, eyes] hundido
it's hollow (inside) está hueco (por dentro); his eyes were hollow tenía los ojos hundidos; she had a hollow feeling in her stomach tenía una sensación de vacío en el estómago; he felt hollow inside se sentía vacío por dentro; look how much you've eaten, you must have hollow legs! ¡qué barbaridad, lo que has comido! ¡debes de tener la solitaria!
2 [+gesture, laugh] falso; [+threat, promise] vano; falso; [+words] hueco; vacío; [+person, victory, success] vacío
their marriage was a hollow sham su matrimonio era una pura farsa or pantomima; to ring or sound hollow sonar (a) falso
A declaration of support without action sounds pretty hollow
his denial has a hollow ring (to it) su negativa suena a falso
3 [+sound, noise] hueco
...the hollow sound of a gunshot
a deep, hollow voice whispered his name una voz profunda y cavernosa susurró su nombre; her voice sounded tired and hollow su voz sonaba cansada y apagada
noun
1 (hole) hueco (m)
2 (depression) (in ground, surface) hoyo (m)
the hollow of one's hand el cuenco or la cuenca de la mano; (Méx)
adverb
to beat sb hollow dar una paliza a algn (informal)
...the first independent operator to take on the big boys and beat them hollow ...an exercise in which toadying employees could demonstrate their suitability for promotion by letting their bosses beat them hollow
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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hollow to floor
cuello al suelo
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