The definition of shallow is something that is not deep or someone who is concerned only about silly or inconsequential things.adjective
- An example of shallow is a hole that is only an inch deep.
- An example of shallow is a person who only cares about someone's looks and how much money they have.
- not deep: a shallow lake
- lacking depth of character, intellect, or meaning; superficial
- slight; weak: shallow breathing
Origin: ME shalow < OE *scealw < IE base *(s)kel-, to dry out > shoal, Gr skellein
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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adjective shal·low·er, shal·low·est
- Measuring little from bottom to top or surface; lacking physical depth.
- Lacking depth of intellect, emotion, or knowledge: “This is a shallow parody of America” (Lloyd Rose).
- Marked by insufficient inhalation of air; weak: shallow respirations.
- In the part of a playing area that is closer to home plate: shallow left field.
Origin: Middle English schalowe.
- shalˈlow·ly adverb
- shalˈlow·ness noun