What does shallow mean?

Definitions for shallow
ˈʃæl oʊshal·low

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

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  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

Examples of shallow in a Sentence

  1. Ashley Dean Mair:

    Pool of Shallow Waters

  2. Oscar Wilde:

    Only the shallow know themselves.

  3. Oscar Wilde:

    Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.

  4. Thomas Carlyle:

    Silence is deep as Eternity; Speech is shallow as Time.

  5. Oscar Wilde:

    It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.

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