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.
- shal·low·ly, adverb
- shal·low·ness, noun
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How to use shallow in a sentence
Standing on the shore, one can see kelp growing amongst the rocks even in the shallowest spots, below low-water level.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
This unexpected assistance was gratefully accepted, and Jason bravely waded into the shallowest part of the stream.Stories of Old Greece and Rome | Emilie Kip Baker
I simply drowned in the shallowest pond of numbers that ever spread itself on the page.
The moment the shallowest point is reached, the pilot delivers the order, 'Let go the buoy!'Life On The Mississippi, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
When he brings it eagerly, commence your diving lesson by throwing it into the shallowest parts of the stream.Dog Breaking | William Nelson Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for shallow
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
- shallowly, adverb
- shallowness, noun
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