What does shallow mean?

Definitions for shallowˈʃæl oʊ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word shallow.

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"


  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

  8. 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

  1. Shallow

    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.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shallow in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shallow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Oscar Wilde:

    Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.

  3. Sophocles:

    Surely, to think your own the only wisdom, and yours the only word, the only will, betrays a shallow spirit, an empty heart.

  4. Gustavo Hernandez:

    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.

  5. Henry David Thoreau:

    Time is but the stream I go a-fishin in. I drink at it, but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. It's thin current slides away, but eternity remains.

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