Hollow vs Muted - What's the difference?

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Hollow is a synonym of muted.

As verbs the difference between hollow and muted

is that hollow is to make a hole in something; to excavate (transitive) or hollow can be to urge or call by shouting; to hollo while muted is (mute).

As an adjective hollow

is (of something solid) having an empty space or cavity inside.

As an adverb hollow

is (colloquial) completely, as part of the phrase beat hollow or beat all hollow.

As a noun hollow

is a small valley between mountains; a low spot surrounded by elevations.

As an interjection hollow

is .



Alternative forms

* holler

Etymology 1

(etyl) holw, holh, from (etyl) . More at cave.


  • (of something solid) Having an empty space or cavity inside.
  • a hollow''' tree; a '''hollow sphere
  • (of a sound) Distant]], eerie; echoing, [[reverberate, reverberating, as if in a hollow space; dull, muffled; often low-pitched.
  • a hollow moan
  • (figuratively) Without substance; having no real or significant worth; meaningless.
  • a hollow victory
  • (figuratively) Insincere, devoid of validity; specious.
  • a hollow promise
  • Depressed; concave; gaunt; sunken.
  • * Shakespeare
  • With hollow eye and wrinkled brow.
    Derived terms
    * hollow leg


  • (colloquial) Completely, as part of the phrase beat hollow or beat all hollow.
  • Etymology 2

    (etyl) holow, earlier holgh, from (etyl) . See above.


    (en noun)
  • A small valley between mountains; a low spot surrounded by elevations.
  • * Prior
  • Forests grew upon the barren hollows .
  • * Tennyson
  • I hate the dreadful hollow behind the little wood.
    He built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Rockies.
  • A sunken area or unfilled space in something solid; a cavity, natural or artificial.
  • the hollow of the hand or of a tree
  • (US) A sunken area.
  • (figuratively) A feeling of emptiness.
  • a hollow in the pit of one's stomach


    (en verb)
  • to make a hole in something; to excavate (transitive)
  • Etymology 3

    Compare holler.


    (en verb)
  • To urge or call by shouting; to hollo.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • He has hollowed the hounds.


    (en interjection)
  • (Webster 1913)




  • (mute)

  • mute


    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), (m), (etyl) (m), from .


  • Not having the power of speech; dumb.
  • * Ovid: Metamorphoses , translated by (John Dryden)
  • Thus, while the mute creation downward bend / Their sight, and to their earthly mother tend, / Man looks aloft; and with erected eyes / Beholds his own hereditary skies. / From such rude principles our form began; / And earth was metamorphos'd into Man.
  • Silent; not making a sound.
  • * Milton
  • All the heavenly choir stood mute , / And silence was in heaven.
  • * 1956 , Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins (?, translators), Lion Feuchtwanger (German author), Raquel: The Jewess of Toledo'' (translation of '' ), Messner, page 178:
  • “ The heathens have broken into Thy Temple, and Thou art silent! Esau mocks Thy Children, and Thou remainest mute'! Show thyself, arise, and let Thy Voice resound, Thou '''mutest''' among all the ' mute !”
  • Not uttered; unpronounced; silent; also, produced by complete closure of the mouth organs which interrupt the passage of breath; said of certain letters.
  • Not giving a ringing sound when struck; said of a metal.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (obsolete, theatre) An actor who does not speak; a mime performer.
  • * 1668 OF Dramatick Poesie, AN ESSAY. By JOHN DRYDEN Esq; ((John Dryden))
  • As for the poor honest Maid, whom all the Story is built upon, and who ought to be one of the principal Actors in the Play, she is commonly a Mute in it:
  • A person who does not have the power of speech.
  • A hired mourner at a funeral; an undertaker's assistant.
  • *
  • The little box was eventually carried in one hand by the leading mute , while his colleague, with a finger placed on the lid, to prevent it from swaying, walked to one side and a little to the rear.
  • * 1978 , (Lawrence Durrell), Livia'', Faber & Faber 1992 (''Avignon Quintet ), p. 481:
  • Then followed a long silence during which the mute turned to them and said, ‘Of course you'll be wanting an urn, sir?’
  • (music) An object for dulling the sound of an instrument, especially a brass instrument, or damper for pianoforte; a sordine.
  • Verb

  • To silence, to make quiet.
  • To turn off the sound of.
  • Please mute the music while I make a call.
    Derived terms
    * muter

    See also

    * autism * dumb

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), probably a shortened form of (m), ultimately from (etyl).


  • (Ben Jonson)


    (en noun)
  • The faeces of a hawk or falcon.
  • (Hudibras)

    Etymology 3

    (etyl) (lena) .


  • To cast off; to moult.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • Have I muted all my feathers?