- 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 shallowness
The shallowness of the Obama white paper, issued last June, is now only too obvious.The Looming Banking Battle
November 12, 2009
Their freshness soon withered, on account of the shallowness of the earth.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
All that I have seen of life only shows the shallowness of what is called the public service.A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
Shallowness has this advantage, that you can't be drowned there.'A Pair of Blue Eyes
And here the depth or shallowness of our theology will be sure to tell.The Preacher and His Models
She felt a sort of bitter shame over her own shallowness of feeling.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
- 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 shallowness
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.