- 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 Words for shallowerflat, trivial, empty, hollow, foolish, frothy, shelf, slight, surface, shoal, trifling, petty, simple, flimsy, piddling, idle, lightweight, cursory, superficial, unsound
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Contemporary Examples of shallower
“Megalodon fossils appear in shallower marine sediments,” Balk said.Shark Week Is Lying Again: Megalodon Is Definitely Extinct
August 15, 2014
Hertli also is considering creating lower-price items for those with shallower pockets but gilded aspirations.Lingerie for the 1 Percent
August 6, 2013
Using fictional characters, Brooks describes a generation that has “a sense that they are shallower than they need to be.”This Week's Best Journalism
The Daily Beast
January 15, 2011
Historical Examples of shallower
He hurried along the edge, looking for a shallower place, but found none.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
The trench is not to be sunk deeper than two feet and a half, or shallower than one foot and a half.The Economist
The fish sheered to and fro, and would not come into shallower water.Tales of Fishes
The swirl of the current swept him into the shallower stream below.The Highgrader
William MacLeod Raine
Shallower men than he had gone out as ministers of the great Republic.The Guardian Angel
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
- 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 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.