- 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
Related Wordsflat, trivial, empty, hollow, foolish, frothy, shelf, slight, surface, shoal, trifling, petty, simple, flimsy, piddling, idle, lightweight, cursory, superficial, unsound
Examples from the Web for shallow
Men cross the river at shallow points with herds of animals while women tend the fields in colorful dresses.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
They converted what should have been a long-overdue moral reckoning into a shallow and hysterical ratings bonanza.How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL
October 19, 2014
The soldiers are forced to dig their own shallow grave and are then shot in a chilling scene at the conclusion.How ISIS Ripped Off ‘Natural Born Killers'
September 23, 2014
Near the banks, the water is shallow and her palm frond oars propel her.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
Sadly, sometimes even the “good” guys can be pretty darn deceptive, shallow, and arrogant.Bravo’s ‘Online Dating Rituals’ Reveals American Males Are Creepy and Want Sex
March 10, 2014
These he drove firmly into the soft bottom of a shallow lake.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
He was in a shallow basin which luckily pointed in the right direction for him.Way of the Lawless
The shallow water of the lagoon ran into gold-tipped ripples.The Trail Book
In every shallow ravine were groves of tree ferns forty feet tall.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Below this opening was a shallow basin into which the rainwater fell.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
- 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 shallow
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.