shallow
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈʃaləʊ/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈʃæl.oʊ/
Adjective

shallow (comparative shallower, superlative shallowest)

  1. Having little depth; significantly less deep than wide.
    This crater is relatively shallow.
    Saute the onions in a shallow pan.
  2. Extending not far downward.
    The water is shallow here.
  3. Concerned mainly with superficial matters.
    It was a glamorous but shallow lifestyle.
  4. Lacking interest or substance.
    The acting is good, but the characters are shallow.
  5. Not intellectually deep; not penetrating deeply; simple; not wise or knowing.
    shallow learning
    • 1622, Francis, Lord Verulam, Viscount St. Alban [i.e. Francis Bacon], The Historie of the Raigne of King Henry the Seventh, […], London: Printed by W[illiam] Stansby for Matthew Lownes, and William Barret, OCLC 1086746628 ↗:
      The king was neither so shallow, nor so ill advertised, as not to perceive the intention of the French king.
  6. (obsolete) Not deep in tone.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
      the sound perfecter and not so shallow and jarring
  7. (tennis) Not far forward, close to the net
Antonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations Noun

shallow (plural shallows)

  1. A shallow portion of an otherwise deep body of water.
    The ship ran aground in an unexpected shallow.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
      A swift stream is not heard in the channel, but […] upon shallows of gravel.
    • 1697, John Dryden translating Virgil, The Aeneid
      dashed on the shallows of the moving sand
  2. A fish, the rudd.
Translations Verb

shallow (shallows, present participle shallowing; past and past participle shallowed)

  1. (ambitransitive) To make or become less deep.

Shallow
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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