shallow

adjective
shal·​low | \ ˈsha-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce shallow (audio) \

Definition of shallow

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : having little depth shallow water
2 : having little extension inward or backward office buildings have taken the form of shallow slabs— Lewis Mumford
3a : 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

shallow

verb
shallowed; shallowing; shallows

Definition of shallow (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make shallow

intransitive verb

: to become shallow

shallow

noun

Definition of shallow (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from shallow

Adjective

shallowly \ ˈsha-​lō-​lē How to pronounce shallowly (audio) , -​lə-​lē \ adverb
shallowness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for shallow

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

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

Examples of shallow in a Sentence

Adjective The shallow end of the pool is only three feet deep. Her boyfriends were all shallow creeps. She could only take shallow breaths. His breathing became very shallow. Noun we waded through the shallows looking for tadpoles
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective George Springer grounded out harmlessly to third and Jose Altuve grounded out to Asdrubal Cabrera in shallow center field to end the inning. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "Nationals Overcome Astros in Game 6 to Extend World Series," 29 Oct. 2019 In the top of the seventh inning, with the Astros ahead by two runs and Aaron Judge at first base, Aaron Hicks lifted a fly ball to shallow left field. Los Angeles Times, "Jose Altuve’s walk-off home run sends Astros past Yankees and into World Series," 19 Oct. 2019 With the Yankees employing an aggressive shift that had him in shallow right field, Torres slid and scooped a sharp grounder by Rosario with two on in the fifth and managed to throw him out to end the inning. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Streak stretches on: Twins take 16th straight playoff loss," 8 Oct. 2019 Torres, employing an aggressive shift at second base that had him in shallow right field, scooped a sharp grounder by Rosario with two on in the fifth and managed to throw him out from his knees to end the inning. BostonGlobe.com, "MINNEAPOLIS — Gleyber Torres got New York going with a second-inning home run, scored on each of his two doubles, and made a pair of sparkling defensive plays, fueling the Yankees to a 5-1 victory Monday night to finish yet another sweep of the Twins and advance to the AL Championship Series.," 8 Oct. 2019 The tense final inning also included a twisting, falling grab by third baseman Anthony Rendon on Cody Bellinger's pop fly in shallow left field, as well as a gutsy intentional walk by manager Dave Martinez that brought the winning run to bat. Beth Harris, chicagotribune.com, "Stephen Strasburg outduels Clayton Kershaw as the Nationals beat the Dodgers 4-2 to even their NLDS at 1," 5 Oct. 2019 The tense final inning also included a twisting, falling grab by third baseman Anthony Rendon on Cody Bellinger's pop fly in shallow left field, as well as a gutsy intentional walk by manager Dave Martinez that brought the winning run to bat. Beth Harris, baltimoresun.com, "Nationals hold off Dodgers for 4-2 victory, even NLDS," 5 Oct. 2019 Chaz Roe relieved with two outs and Yuli Gurriel hit a high popup to shallow right field that Lowe chased from second base as right fielder Austin Meadows also dashed in. Kristie Rieken, orlandosentinel.com, "Rays fall 6-2 at Houston to Verlander and Altuve in ALDS opener," 4 Oct. 2019 The tense final inning also included a twisting, falling grab by third baseman Anthony Rendon on Cody Bellinger’s pop fly in shallow left field, as well as a gutsy intentional walk by manager Dave Martinez that brought the winning run to bat. Beth Harris, The Denver Post, "Strasburg, Scherzer pitch Nats past Dodgers to even NLDS," 4 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With one out, pinch-runner Tyrone Taylor strayed too far off first base on a popup to shallow left and nearly got doubled off, but was hit in the back by Mejias-Brean’s throw. Tom Kertscher, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres beat Brewers 2-1 behind Lamet’s 14 strikeouts," 18 Sep. 2019 The dugout empties, the rest of the team stampedes to shallow left field to find the hero and hug him or tackle him or tear at his jersey. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Electrifying walk-off wins are how these Dodgers roll," 7 Aug. 2019 Pinch-hitter Ryan Braun flied out to shallow right but Tyler Saladino walked to load the bases. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 8, Reds 6: Christian Yelich becomes first player in club history with 30 HRs before break," 1 July 2019 The nearshore shallows offered easy travels and a mix of aquatic plant life unfamiliar to us. Colin Diltz, The Seattle Times, "Reader’s Lens | Paddling Lake Ozette," 11 Sep. 2018 Courtney Abbott’s two-out bloop single to shallow right fell just beyond an outstretched Lexy Wright, allowing Katie Templeman to race in from third for the walk-off victory. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, "Butler ends its 11-year drought and takes home Sixth Region title," 1 June 2018 Kassandra Espinosa tripled deep down the right-field line and Bridgette Tuxbury drove her home with a single to shallow left. David Furones, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Cooper City tops St. Thomas Aquinas in extras to advance to states," 12 May 2018 With Cole facing Daniel Descalso, Reddick had to race in for a fly ball hit to shallow left. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Astros' Gerrit Cole flirts with no-hitter, pitches a gem in rout of Diamondbacks," 4 May 2018 Bonzon reached first on a blooper to shallow left field and managed to score shortly after on a throwing error. Kyle Mcfadden, Howard County Times, "Chapelgate softball gets past Pallotti to remain undefeated in conference play," 1 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fierce walls of flame forced thousands to abandon their possessions and seek shelter in the shallows. Tim Flannery, The New York Review of Books, "Australia: The Fires and Our Future," 16 Jan. 2020 Fewer green weeds mean lower dissolved oxygen levels, especially in the shallows, further reducing fish activity. Outdoor Life, "3 Killer Ice Fishing Tactics For Mid-Winter Pike, Walleyes, and Panfish," 17 Jan. 2020 Tight shots of their faces are some of the film's most breathtaking like when the bewitched would-be Batman wades into the shallows lit only by the moon on a quest for some mermaid tail. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "'The Lighthouse' is a grim nautical tale starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe," 24 Oct. 2019 Wheeled trolleys help the athlete get the waveski into the water but pop off in the shallows to maintain the performance of the board. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "These Surfboards Help Injured Athletes Reclaim What They Love," 25 Dec. 2019 From the coast, flats action on redfish and trout was excellent until the cold front, which pushed a lot of bait out of the shallows. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: What’s biting in muddy waters?," 6 Dec. 2019 The islands appear out of the ocean after two hours over open water—first one, then five, then dozens of dots of dark jungle ringed by bright halos of shallows. Alex Perry, Outside Online, "The Last Days of John Allen Chau," 24 July 2019 Blue herons fed in the shallows; minnows darted around my feet. David Kelly, Los Angeles Times, "Heading south in Steinbeck’s footsteps, with a Prius and a plan," 5 Oct. 2019 The rest of the women rolled up their jeans and stayed in the shallows. Zan Romanoff, Bon Appétit, "I Thought Taking Pictures on Vacation Was a Waste of Time Until I Saw This Photo of Me," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of shallow

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1510, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1569, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shallow

Adjective

Middle English schalowe; probably akin to Old English sceald shallow — more at skeleton

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The first known use of shallow was in the 14th century

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10 Feb 2020

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“Shallow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shallowest. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for shallow

shallow

adjective
How to pronounce shallow (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shallow

: 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
disapproving : not caring about or involving serious or important things

shallow

adjective
shal·​low | \ ˈsha-lō How to pronounce shallow (audio) \
shallower; shallowest

Kids Definition of shallow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

Other Words from shallow

shallowness noun

shallow

noun

Kids Definition of shallow (Entry 2 of 2)

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

shallow

adjective
shal·​low | \ ˈshal-(ˌ)ō, -ə(-w) How to pronounce shallow (audio) \

Medical Definition of shallow

: displacing comparatively little air shallow breathing

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