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[shal-oh] /ˈʃæl oʊ/
adjective, shallower, shallowest.
of little depth; not deep:
shallow water.
lacking depth; superficial:
a mind that is not narrow but shallow.
taking in a relatively small amount of air in each inhalation:
shallow breathing.
Baseball. relatively close to home plate:
The shortstop caught the pop fly in shallow left field.
Usually, shallows. (used with a singular or plural verb) a shallow part of a body of water; shoal.
Baseball. at a shallow position:
With the pitcher up, the outfielders played shallow.
verb (used with or without object)
to make or become shallow.
Origin of shallow
1350-1400; Middle English schalowe (adj.); akin to Old English sceald shallow (see shoal1)
Related forms
shallowly, adverb
shallowness, noun Unabridged
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  • The depth of the water in this narrow from the shallowest to the deepest is six to twenty-two fathoms.

  • The shallowest of them might ask a hearing—he dared not for his dishonored honor's sake.

    Theo Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • She may be the shallowest of living creatures—the most selfish, the falsest, the basest.

    Fenton's Quest M. E. Braddon
  • As a matter of fact, words are, as a rule, the shallowest portion of all the argument.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • I simply drowned in the shallowest pond of numbers that ever spread itself on the page.

  • When I put in my stick, however, I could not fathom it—and this at the shallowest part.

    In the Rocky Mountains W. H. G. Kingston
  • Were it otherwise, were fame contemporary, it would be but the breath of popular applause, the shallowest phase of reputation.

    Genius in Sunshine and Shadow Maturin Murray Ballou
  • But the shallowest thinker will not deny the realities of remorse.

    A Love Episode Emile Zola
  • It is shallowest in the middle, and level towards the west shore, having two fathoms of water or less.

  • Under the tiny bridge there ran the shallowest and clearest of little rivers.

    No Hero E.W. Hornung
British Dictionary definitions for shallowest


having little depth
lacking intellectual or mental depth or subtlety; superficial
(often pl) a shallow place in a body of water; shoal
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 shallowest



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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