Definition of hollow-eyed in English:



  • (of a person) having deeply sunk eyes, typically as a result of illness or tiredness.

    ‘the children were emaciated and hollow-eyed’
    • ‘Handing them back to their parents, I was a shell of my former self - weak, hollow-eyed, a little hysterical.’
    • ‘His good looks remained, but he was hollow-eyed and pale.’
    • ‘The children looked pinched and hollow-eyed for want of food.’
    • ‘She was an emaciated, hollow-eyed ghost of a figure who approached me on the road one day, saying she had heard that I ‘helped people,’ and would I help her.’
    • ‘There was plenty of suffering on offer as the hollow-eyed, defeated parents were interviewed.’
    • ‘Her descent into madness - from the efficient and beautiful, puffy-cheeked housewife, to the distraught and unhinged, hollow-eyed fragment of her former self - is one cinema's most overlooked performances.’
    • ‘Lou's adrenalin is pumping and she wants to continue, but the rest of the team are hollow-eyed with exhaustion, and it would be quite dangerous to go on.’
    • ‘He's a wiry, medium-size man, with a spiky two-week growth of beard and the hollow-eyed stare of a soldier on a long forced march.’
    • ‘Somebody suggested he probably looks a little more hollow-eyed and gaunt, because he's probably lost some weight, but it's worth the effort.’
    • ‘Take the hollow-eyed, haunted-looking male who came up to me and confided: ‘You don't know the half of it.’
    exhausted, fatigued, tired, tired out, weary, wearied, strained, drained, worn, drawn, wan, sapped, spent, careworn, haggard, hollow-cheeked, gaunt, pinched, pale, peaky, pasty-faced, washed out, ashen, blanched
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