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shallow

[shal-oh] /ˈʃæl oʊ/
adjective, shallower, shallowest.
1.
of little depth; not deep:
shallow water.
2.
lacking depth; superficial:
a mind that is not narrow but shallow.
3.
taking in a relatively small amount of air in each inhalation:
shallow breathing.
4.
Baseball. relatively close to home plate:
The shortstop caught the pop fly in shallow left field.
noun
5.
Usually, shallows. (used with a singular or plural verb) a shallow part of a body of water; shoal.
adverb
6.
Baseball. at a shallow position:
With the pitcher up, the outfielders played shallow.
verb (used with or without object)
7.
to make or become shallow.
Origin of shallow
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English schalowe (adj.); akin to Old English sceald shallow (see shoal1)
Related forms
shallowly, adverb
shallowness, noun
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  • He hurried along the edge, looking for a shallower place, but found none.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The trench is not to be sunk deeper than two feet and a half, or shallower than one foot and a half.

    The Economist Xenophon
  • The fish sheered to and fro, and would not come into shallower water.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • The swirl of the current swept him into the shallower stream below.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • shallower men than he had gone out as ministers of the great Republic.

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Thus, in woman the pelvis is wider and shallower than in man.

  • Theodor advises him to sail in shallower and less troubled waters.

    Modernities

    Horace Barnett Samuel
British Dictionary definitions for shallower

shallow

/ˈʃæləʊ/
adjective
1.
having little depth
2.
lacking intellectual or mental depth or subtlety; superficial
noun
3.
(often pl) a shallow place in a body of water; shoal
verb
4.
to make or become shallow
Derived Forms
shallowly, adverb
shallowness, noun
Word Origin
C15: related to Old English sceald shallow; see shoal1
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Word Origin and History for shallower

shallow

adj.

c.1400, schalowe "not deep," probably from or related to Old English sceald (see shoal (n.)). Of breathing, attested from 1875; of thought or feeling, "superficial," first recorded 1580s. The noun, usually shallows, is first recorded 1570s, from the adjective.

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