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1shallow

adjective shal·low \ˈsha-(ˌ)lō\

: having a small distance to the bottom from the surface or highest point

: not going far inward from the outside or the front edge of something

: not caring about or involving serious or important things

Full Definition of SHALLOW

1
:  having little depth <shallow water>
2
:  having little extension inward or backward <office buildings have taken the form of shallow slabs — Lewis Mumford>
3
a :  penetrating only the easily or quickly perceived <shallow generalizations>
b :  lacking in depth of knowledge, thought, or feeling <a shallow demagogue>
4
:  displacing comparatively little air :  weak <shallow breathing>
shal·low·ly \-lō-lē, -lə-lē\ adverb
shal·low·ness noun

Examples of SHALLOW

  1. The shallow end of the pool is only three feet deep.
  2. Her boyfriends were all shallow creeps.
  3. She could only take shallow breaths.
  4. His breathing became very shallow.

Origin of SHALLOW

Middle English schalowe; probably akin to Old English sceald shallow — more at skeleton
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of SHALLOW

superficial, shallow, cursory mean lacking in depth or solidity. superficial implies a concern only with surface aspects or obvious features <a superficial analysis of the problem>. shallow is more generally derogatory in implying lack of depth in knowledge, reasoning, emotions, or character <a light, shallow, and frivolous review>. cursory suggests a lack of thoroughness or a neglect of details <gave the letter only a cursory reading>.

2shallow

verb

Definition of SHALLOW

transitive verb
:  to make shallow
intransitive verb
:  to become shallow

First Known Use of SHALLOW

1510

Rhymes with SHALLOW

3shallow

noun

Definition of SHALLOW

:  a shallow place or area in a body of water —usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction

Examples of SHALLOW

  1. <we waded through the shallows looking for tadpoles>

First Known Use of SHALLOW

1569

Related to SHALLOW

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale
SHALLOWNESS Defined for Kids

1shallow

adjective shal·low \ˈsha-lō\
shal·low·ershal·low·est

Definition of SHALLOW for Kids

1
:  not deep <a shallow stream>
2
:  taking in small amounts of air <shallow breaths>
3
:  showing little knowledge, thought, or feeling <They're shallow people only interested in money.>
shal·low·ness noun

2shallow

noun

Definition of SHALLOW for Kids

:  a shallow place in a body of water —usually used in pl.
Medical Dictionary

shallow

adjective shal·low \ˈshal-(ˌ)ō, -ə(-w)\

Medical Definition of SHALLOW

:  displacing comparatively little air <shallow breathing>

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