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shallow

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adjective shal·low \ˈsha-(ˌ)lō\

Definition of shallow

  1. 1 :  having little depth <shallow water>

  2. 2 :  having little extension inward or backward <office buildings have taken the form of shallow slabs — Lewis Mumford>

  3. 3a :  penetrating only the easily or quickly perceived <shallow generalizations>b :  lacking in depth of knowledge, thought, or feeling <a shallow demagogue>

  4. 4 :  displacing comparatively little air :  weak <shallow breathing>

shallowly

play \-lō-lē, -lə-lē\ adverb

shallowness

noun

Examples of shallow in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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>.

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shallow

verb shal·low

Definition of shallow

  • transitive verb
    1. :  to make shallow

    2. intransitive verb
    3. :  to become shallow

    1510

    First Known Use of shallow

    1510


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    shallow

    noun shal·low

    Definition of shallow

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

    Examples of shallow in a sentence

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

    1569

    First Known Use of shallow

    1569


    SHALLOW Defined for English Language Learners

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    shallow

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    adjective shal·low \ˈsha-(ˌ)lō\

    Definition of shallow for English Language Learners

    • : 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


    SHALLOW Defined for Kids

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    shallow

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    adjective shal·low \ˈsha-lō\

    Definition of shallow for Students

    shallower

    shallowest

    1. 1 :  not deep <a shallow stream>

    2. 2 :  taking in small amounts of air <shallow breaths>

    3. 3 :  showing little knowledge, thought, or feeling <They're shallow people only interested in money.>

    shallowness

    noun

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    shallow

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    noun shal·low

    Definition of shallow for Students

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


    Medical Dictionary

    shallow

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

    Medical Definition of shallow

    1. :  displacing comparatively little air <shallow breathing>



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