a stretch of shallow water
lacking physical depth; having little spatial extension downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or outward from a center
"shallow water"; "a shallow dish"; "a shallow cut"; "a shallow closet"; "established a shallow beachhead"; "hit the ball to shallow left field"
not deep or strong; not affecting one deeply
"shallow breathing"; "a night of shallow fretful sleep"; "in a shallow trance"
lacking depth of intellect or knowledge; concerned only with what is obvious
"shallow people"; "his arguments seemed shallow and tedious"
"The silt shallowed the canal"
"the lake shallowed over time"
A shallow portion of an otherwise deep body of water.
The ship ran aground in an unexpected shallow.
To make or become less deep
Having little depth; significantly less deep than wide.
Extending not far downward.
The water is shallow here
Concerned mainly with superficial matters.
It was a glamorous but shallow lifestyle
Lacking interest or substance.
The acting is good, but the characters are shallow
Origin: Origin uncertain; apparently related to sceald.
not deep; having little depth; shoal
not deep in tone
not intellectually deep; not profound; not penetrating deeply; simple; not wise or knowing; ignorant; superficial; as, a shallow mind; shallow learning
a place in a body of water where the water is not deep; a shoal; a flat; a shelf
to make shallow
to become shallow, as water
Origin: [OE. schalowe, probably originally, sloping or shelving; cf. Icel. skjlgr wry, squinting, AS. sceolh, D. & G. scheel, OHG. schelah. Cf. Shelve to slope, Shoal shallow.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
shal′ō, n. a sandbank: a place over which the water is not deep: a shoal.—adj. not deep: not profound: not wise: trifling.—v.t. to make shallow.—v.i. to grow shallow.—adjs. Shall′ow-brained, -pā′ted, weak in intellect; Shall′ow-heart′ed, not capable of deep feelings.—adv. Shall′owly (Shak.), simply, foolishly.—n. Shall′owness. [Scand., Ice. skjálgr, wry; cf. Ger. scheel.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'shallow' in Adjectives Frequency: #757
The numerical value of shallow in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of shallow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Only the shallow know themselves.
Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.
Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
Surely, to think your own the only wisdom, and yours the only word, the only will, betrays a shallow spirit, an empty heart.
A lot of companies have approached Pemex because we have knowledge of the shallow water basin with more than 40 years of exploration and 35 years of production.
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Translations for shallow
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- superficial, poc profund, plaCatalan, Valencian
- mělčina, povrchní, mělkýCzech
- lavvandet, lav, overfladisk, flad, åndsforladtDanish
- oberflächlich, seicht, Untiefe, flachGerman
- superficial, bajo, desinteresante, bajofondo, poco profundoSpanish
- تخت, تنک, کم عمقPersian
- pinnallinen, matalaFinnish
- baisse, haut-fond, superficiel, peu profond, bas-fondFrench
- eu-domhainn, faoin, tanalachdScottish Gaelic
- sekélyes, lapos, felületes, felszínes, sekélyHungarian
- pauco profundeInterlingua
- poco profondo, superficiale, seccaItalian
- 川瀬, 浅いJapanese
- pāti, pāpakuMāori
- плитак, површен, плитокMacedonian
- overfladisk, grunn, overflatisk, lav, flatNorwegian
- ondiep, ondiepte, oppervlakkigDutch
- lav, flat, overflatisk, grunnNorwegian Nynorsk
- raso, rasa, desinteressante, superficialPortuguese
- puțin adânc, platRomanian
- мель, поверхностный, мелкий, отмель, неглубокийRussian
- ytlig, grundSwedish
- поверхневий, мілкий, мілина, неглибокийUkrainian
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