Definitions for superficialˌsu pərˈfɪʃ əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

su•per•fi•cialˌsu pərˈfɪʃ əl(adj.)

  1. being at, on, or near the surface:

    a superficial wound.

  2. external or outward; apparent rather than real:

    a superficial resemblance.

  3. concerned with or comprehending only what is on the surface or obvious.

  4. shallow; not profound or thorough.

  5. insubstantial or insignificant.

  6. of or pertaining to the surface:

    superficial measurement.

Origin of superficial:

1375–1425; late ME superfyciall < LL superficiālis= L superfici(ēs)superficies+-ālis -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. superficial(adj)

    concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually

    "superficial similarities"; "a superficial mind"; "his thinking was superficial and fuzzy"; "superficial knowledge"; "the superficial report didn't give the true picture"; "only superficial differences"

  2. superficial(adj)

    of, affecting, or being on or near the surface

    "superficial measurements"; "the superficial area of the wall"; "a superficial wound"

  3. superficial, trivial(adj)

    of little substance or significance

    "a few superficial editorial changes"; "only trivial objections"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. superficial(adjective)ˌsu pərˈfɪʃ əl

    general and not detailed or thorough

    superficial news coverage of the tragic events

  2. superficialˌsu pərˈfɪʃ əl

    showing or having no meaningful thought or emotion

    Her smile seemed superficial.

  3. superficialˌsu pərˈfɪʃ əl

    only on the surface

    superficial wounds/damage


  1. superficial(Noun)

    A surface detail.

    He always concentrates on the superficials and fails to see the real issue.

  2. superficial(Adjective)

    Shallow, lacking substance.

  3. superficial(Adjective)

    At face value.

  4. superficial(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the surface.

  5. superficial(Adjective)

    Being near the surface.

  6. superficial(Adjective)

    Two-dimensional; drawn on a flat surface.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Superficial(adj)

    of or pertaining to the superficies, or surface; lying on the surface; shallow; not deep; as, a superficial color; a superficial covering; superficial measure or contents; superficial tillage

  2. Superficial(adj)

    reaching or comprehending only what is obvious or apparent; not deep or profound; shallow; -- said especially in respect to study, learning, and the like; as, a superficial scholar; superficial knowledge

Translations for superficial

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


on, or affecting, the surface only

The wound is only superficial.

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