Definition of hollow-eyed in US English:



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

    • ‘There was plenty of suffering on offer as the hollow-eyed, defeated parents were interviewed.’
    • ‘Take the hollow-eyed, haunted-looking male who came up to me and confided: ‘You don't know the half of it.’
    • ‘Handing them back to their parents, I was a shell of my former self - weak, hollow-eyed, a little hysterical.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His good looks remained, but he was hollow-eyed and pale.’
    • ‘The children looked pinched and hollow-eyed for want of food.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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