Nearby words

  1. shall,
  2. shall i compare thee to a summer's day?,
  3. shalloon,
  4. shallop,
  5. shallot,
  6. shallow breathing,
  7. shallowly,
  8. shallows,
  9. shalmaneser iii,
  10. shalom

Origin of shallow

1350–1400; Middle English schalowe (adj.); akin to Old English sceald shallow (see shoal1)

Related formsshal·low·ly, adverbshal·low·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for shallow

shallow

adjective

having little depth
lacking intellectual or mental depth or subtlety; superficial

noun

(often plural) a shallow place in a body of water; shoal

verb

to make or become shallow
Derived Formsshallowly, adverbshallowness, noun

Word Origin for shallow

C15: related to Old English sceald shallow; see shoal 1

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Word Origin and History for shallow

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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