a hollow laugh

a laugh that sounds sad rather than happy or sincere

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • (a) hollow laugh — a hollow laugh phrase a laugh that sounds sad rather than happy or sincere Thesaurus: words used to describe laughter and laughshyponym laughter and the sound of laughtersynonym Main entry: hollow …   Useful english dictionary

  • hollow — hol|low1 [ˈhɔləu US ˈha: ] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(empty inside)¦ 2 hollow eyes/cheeks etc 3¦(sound)¦ 4¦(no value)¦ 5 hollow laugh/voice etc ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin: holh hole, hollow place ] 1.) ¦(EMPTY INSIDE)¦ having an empty space inside ▪ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hollow — [[t]hɒ̱loʊ[/t]] hollows, hollowing, hollowed 1) ADJ Something that is hollow has a space inside it, as opposed to being solid all the way through. ...a hollow tree. ...a hollow cylinder. 2) ADJ GRADED A surface that is hollow curves inwards. He… …   English dictionary

  • hollow — 1 adjective 1 having an empty space inside: The children hid in the hollow tree. 2 hollow face/eyes etc eyes etc that sink inwards: I could feel her appraising me with those hollow, dead eyes. 3 a sound that is hollow is low and clear like the… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • laugh — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 sound/act of laughing ADJECTIVE ▪ loud ▪ light, little, short, slight, small, soft ▪ deep …   Collocations dictionary

  • hollow — hol|low1 [ halou ] adjective * 1. ) empty inside: The tree trunk was completely hollow. hollow chocolate eggs 2. ) hollow promises or threats are not sincere, or are about things that will not really happen: EMPTY: The president s election… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hollow — I UK [ˈhɒləʊ] / US [ˈhɑloʊ] adjective Word forms hollow : adjective hollow comparative hollower superlative hollowest * 1) empty inside The tree trunk was completely hollow. hollow chocolate eggs 2) a hollow sound is a low sound like something… …   English dictionary

  • hollow — adj., n., v., & adv. adj. 1 a having a hole or cavity inside; not solid throughout. b having a depression; sunken (hollow cheeks). 2 (of a sound) echoing, as though made in or on a hollow container. 3 empty; hungry. 4 without significance;… …   Useful english dictionary

  • laugh — /laf, lahf/, v.i. 1. to express mirth, pleasure, derision, or nervousness with an audible, vocal expulsion of air from the lungs that can range from a loud burst of sound to a series of quiet chuckles and is usually accompanied by characteristic… …   Universalium

  • hollow — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ deep ▪ little, shallow, slight ▪ damp, dark, grassy ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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