- 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 shallowestflat, trivial, empty, hollow, foolish, frothy, shelf, slight, surface, shoal, trifling, petty, simple, flimsy, piddling, idle, lightweight, cursory, superficial, unsound
Examples from the Web for shallowest
Historical Examples of shallowest
The shallowest of them might ask a hearing—he dared not for his dishonored honor's sake.Theo
Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett
As a matter of fact, words are, as a rule, the shallowest portion of all the argument.Sister Carrie
The river was now at its shallowest, and the men were able to pole the boat across.The Dash for Khartoum
George Alfred Henty
When I put in my stick, however, I could not fathom it—and this at the shallowest part.In the Rocky Mountains
W. H. G. Kingston
You could not have seen the pollywogs in the shallowest places along the margin.Rollo in Geneva
- 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.