Shallow meaning

shălō
Not deep.

A shallow lake.

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To make or become less deep.
verb
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Slight; weak.

Shallow breathing.

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Lacking depth of character, intellect, or meaning; superficial.
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A part of a body of water of little depth; a shoal.

Abandoned the boat in the shallows.

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Lacking depth of intellect, emotion, or knowledge.
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The definition of shallow is something that is not deep or someone who is concerned only about silly or inconsequential things.

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.

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Not intellectually deep; not penetrating deeply; simple; not wise or knowing.

Shallow learning.

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Lacking interest or substance.

The acting is good, but the characters are shallow.

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(tennis) Not far forward, close to the net.
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A shallow portion of an otherwise deep body of water.

The ship ran aground in an unexpected shallow.

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A fish, the rudd.
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Concerned mainly with superficial matters.

It was a glamorous but shallow lifestyle.

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Marked by insufficient inhalation of air; weak.

Shallow respirations.

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To make or become shallow.
verb
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Extending not far downward.

The water is shallow here.

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In the part of a playing area that is closer to home plate.

Shallow left field.

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To make or become shallow.
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A shallow place in a body of water; shoal.
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Having little depth; significantly less deep than wide.

This crater is relatively shallow.

Saute the onions in a shallow pan.

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Measuring little from bottom to top or surface; lacking physical depth.
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Origin of shallow

  • Middle English schalowe

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English schalowe (“not deep, shallow"); apparently related to Old English sceald (“shallow"). See also shoal.

    From Wiktionary