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shallow

[shal-oh]
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adjective, shal·low·er, shal·low·est.
  1. of little depth; not deep: shallow water.
  2. lacking depth; superficial: a mind that is not narrow but shallow.
  3. taking in a relatively small amount of air in each inhalation: shallow breathing.
  4. Baseball. relatively close to home plate: The shortstop caught the pop fly in shallow left field.
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noun
  1. Usually shallows. (used with a singular or plural verb) a shallow part of a body of water; shoal.
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adverb
  1. Baseball. at a shallow position: With the pitcher up, the outfielders played shallow.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to make or become shallow.
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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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  • 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 fish sheered to and fro, and would not come into shallower water.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for shallower

shallow

adjective
  1. having little depth
  2. lacking intellectual or mental depth or subtlety; superficial
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noun
  1. (often plural) a shallow place in a body of water; shoal
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verb
  1. to make or become shallow
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Derived Formsshallowly, adverbshallowness, noun

Word Origin

C15: related to Old English sceald shallow; see shoal 1
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Word Origin and History for shallower

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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