Definitions for shallowˈʃæl oʊ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
shal•lowˈʃæl oʊ(adj.)-low•er, -low•est
(adj.)of little depth:
lacking depth; superficial:
a shallow mind.
taking in a relatively small amount of air in each inhalation:
(n.)Usu., shallows. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) a shallow part of a body of water; shoal.
(v.i.)to make or become shallow.
Origin of shallow:
1350–1400; ME schalowe (adj.); akin to OE sceald shallow (see shoal1)
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a shallow pond; The ditch was shallow.; a shallow pan
(of a person or idea) not showing serious thought or complicated emotions
a shallow TV comedy
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
Translations for shallow
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
shallow water; a shallow pit.
- pouco fundoPortuguese (BR)
- poco profundoSpanish
- كم عمقFarsi
- peu profondFrench
- उथला जलHindi
- basso, (poco profondo)Italian
- كم عمقPersian
- ورګ (چې ژورنه وي)، رغي، ګوګ، تش منځى: سطحې، بې مغزه، ګدو سرىPashto
- pouco fundoPortuguese
- puţin adâncRomanian
- 淺的Chinese (Trad.)
- мілкий; мілководнийUkrainian
- کم گہراUrdu
- nông, cạnVietnamese
- 浅的Chinese (Simp.)
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