- The definition of superficial is something on the surface or a person concerned only about obvious things.
- An example of superficial is an oil spill that doesn't go very deep into the ocean.
- An example of superficial is someone who is only interested in how they and others look.
- of or being on the surface: a superficial burn
- of or limited to surface area; plane: superficial measurements
- concerned with and understanding only the easily apparent and obvious; not profound; shallow
- quick and cursory: a superficial reading
- seeming such only at first glance; merely apparent: a superficial resemblance
Origin of superficialMiddle English superficyall ; from Classical Latin superficialis ; from superficies: see superficies
- Of, affecting, or being on or near the surface: a superficial wound.
- Concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; shallow: wrote him off as superficial.
- Apparent rather than actual or substantial: a superficial resemblance between the two films.
- Not extensive or important; minor or insignificant: made only a few superficial changes in the manuscript.
Origin of superficialMiddle English, from Old French superficiel, from Latin superficiālis, from superficiēs, surface; see superficies .
- su′per·fi′ci·al′i·ty , su′per·fi′cial·ness
(comparative more superficial, superlative most superficial)
- (chiefly in plural) A surface detail.
- He always concentrates on the superficials and fails to see the real issue.