- 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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Examples from the Web for skin-deep
It could be written off as largely cosmetic, but increasingly appears more than skin-deep.GOP Swears It’s Not Stupid
February 8, 2013
It is not barbarous merely because the printing is skin-deep and unalterable.Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience
Henry David Thoreau
Beauty is only skin-deep, but the nerves lie very near to the skin.Strictly Business
I have called myself "Skin-deep" ever since, day and night—the name I deserve.'The Amazing Marriage, Complete
It is but the exterior sign of good conduct, but may be no more than skin-deep.Character
But if his words and writings are examined, it will be seen that this mobility was only skin-deep.My Recollections of Lord Byron
- superficial; shallow