Definitions for shallowˈʃæl oʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

shal•lowˈʃæl oʊ(adj.)-low•er, -low•est

  1. (adj.)of little depth:

    shallow water.

  2. lacking depth; superficial:

    a shallow mind.

  3. taking in a relatively small amount of air in each inhalation:

    shallow breathing.

  4. (n.)Usu., shallows. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) a shallow part of a body of water; shoal.

  5. (v.i.)to make or become shallow.

Origin of shallow:

1350–1400; ME schalowe (adj.); akin to OE sceald shallow (see shoal1)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. shoal, shallow(adj)

    a stretch of shallow water

  2. shallow(adj)

    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"

  3. shallow(adj)

    not deep or strong; not affecting one deeply

    "shallow breathing"; "a night of shallow fretful sleep"; "in a shallow trance"

  4. shallow(verb)

    lacking depth of intellect or knowledge; concerned only with what is obvious

    "shallow people"; "his arguments seemed shallow and tedious"

  5. shallow, shoal(verb)

    make shallow

    "The silt shallowed the canal"

  6. shallow, shoal(verb)

    become shallow

    "the lake shallowed over time"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. shallow(adjective)ˈʃæl oʊ

    ≠ deep

    a shallow pond; The ditch was shallow.; a shallow pan

  2. shallowˈʃæl oʊ

    (of a person or idea) not showing serious thought or complicated emotions

    a shallow TV comedy


  1. shallow(Noun)

    A shallow portion of an otherwise deep body of water.

    The ship ran aground in an unexpected shallow.

  2. shallow(Verb)

    To make or become less deep

  3. shallow(Adjective)

    Having little depth; significantly less deep than wide.

  4. shallow(Adjective)

    Extending not far downward.

    The water is shallow here

  5. shallow(Adjective)

    Concerned mainly with superficial matters.

    It was a glamorous but shallow lifestyle

  6. shallow(Adjective)

    Lacking interest or substance.

    The acting is good, but the characters are shallow

  7. Origin: Origin uncertain; apparently related to sceald.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shallow

    not deep; having little depth; shoal

  2. Shallow

    not deep in tone

  3. Shallow

    not intellectually deep; not profound; not penetrating deeply; simple; not wise or knowing; ignorant; superficial; as, a shallow mind; shallow learning

  4. Shallow(noun)

    a place in a body of water where the water is not deep; a shoal; a flat; a shelf

  5. Shallow(noun)

    the rudd

  6. Shallow(verb)

    to make shallow

  7. Shallow(verb)

    to become shallow, as water

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shallow' in Adjectives Frequency: #757

Anagrams of shallow

  1. hallows

Translations for shallow

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not deep

shallow water; a shallow pit.

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