- superficial or slight; not profound or substantial: Their sincerity is only skin-deep.
- slightly; superficially: He went into the subject only skin-deep.
Origin of skin-deep
First recorded in 1605–15
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Related Words for skin deepfoolish, trivial, frothy, empty, hollow, slight, cursory, one-dimensional, perfunctory, sketchy, silly, frivolous, superficial, petty, paltry, insignificant, immaterial, inconsequential, meaningless, unimportant
- superficial; shallow
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see beauty is only skin deep.
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