- 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.
- to make or become shallow.
Origin of shallow
Examples from the Web for shallowly
In popular thought forgiveness is often shallowly conceived.The Meaning of Faith
Harry Emerson Fosdick
The bark varies from dark red to gray and is shallowly fissured or scaly.Michigan Trees
Charles Herbert Otis
For some hours I slept, but so shallowly that I heard my own voice gabbling in dreams.Memoirs of a Midget
Walter de la Mare
She was breathing raggedly and shallowly, eyes wide and incredulous.Lion Loose
James H. Schmitz
They are white, yellow or red in colour, and shallowly cup-shaped.
- having little depth
- lacking intellectual or mental depth or subtlety; superficial
- (often plural) a shallow place in a body of water; shoal
- to make or become shallow
Word Origin and History for shallowly
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.