- being at, on, or near the surface: a superficial wound.
- of or relating to the surface: superficial measurement.
- external or outward: a superficial resemblance.
- concerned with or comprehending only what is on the surface or obvious: a superficial observer.
- shallow; not profound or thorough: a superficial writer.
- apparent rather than real.
- insubstantial or insignificant: superficial improvements.
Origin of superficial
Examples from the Web for superficial
But it will take more than superficial solidarity to dismantle those structures and the ideologies that birthed them.Jamie Foxx: Get Over the Black ‘Annie’
December 20, 2014
It is loathed by some critics who find it patronizing, silly, and superficial.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble
December 15, 2014
The implication is that she might even have assisted her husband inflicting his superficial wounds.Did Joran Van Der Sloot Fake His Prison Shanking?
Andrea Zarate, Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 5, 2014
Every Bentley is made to order, which essentially means anything “superficial” is possible.Behind the Wheel of the Bespoke Bentley
October 27, 2014
George was neither shallow nor superficial; his personality was deep and multidimensional.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
It consisted of a superficial ablution and the loan of a handkerchief.Southern Lights and Shadows
And I thought how strangely callous we were, how superficial our sympathy.Things as They Are
But presently it became evident that her interest was more than superficial.Lotus Buds
Of the courts of law he gives what he calls a superficial sketch.Laws
And how was I to make even the most superficial search in three days?Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
- of, relating to, being near, or forming the surfacesuperficial bruising
- displaying a lack of thoroughness or carea superficial inspection
- only outwardly apparent rather than genuine or actualthe similarity was merely superficial
- of little substance or significance; trivialsuperficial differences
- lacking originality or profunditythe film's plot was quite superficial
- (of measurements) involving only the surface area
Word Origin and History for superficial
late 14c., in anatomical and mathematical uses, "of or relating to a surface," from Latin superficialis "of or pertaining to the surface," from superficies "surface," from super "above, over" (see super-) + facies "form, face" (see face (n.)). Meaning "not deep, without thorough understanding, cursory" (of perceptions, thoughts, etc.) first recorded early 15c. (implied in superficially "not thoroughly").
- Of, affecting, or being on or near the surface.
- Not thorough.