American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Measuring little from bottom to top or surface; lacking physical depth.
- adj. Lacking depth of intellect, emotion, or knowledge: "This is a shallow parody of America” ( Lloyd Rose).
- adj. Marked by insufficient inhalation of air; weak: shallow respirations.
- adj. In the part of a playing area that is closer to home plate: shallow left field.
- n. A part of a body of water of little depth; a shoal. Often used in the plural: abandoned the boat in the shallows.
- v. To make or become shallow.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not deep; of little depth: as, a shallow brook; a shallow place; a shallow vessel or dish.
- Not deep intellectually; superficial: as, a shallow person; a shallow mind.
- n. A place where the water is not deep; a shoal; a shelf; a flat; a bank.
- To make shallow; decrease the depth of.
- To become shallow; decrease in depth: as, the water shallows rapidly as one approaches the bar.
- n. The rudd, a fish.
- adj. Having little depth; significantly less deep than wide.
- adj. Extending not far downward.
- adj. Concerned mainly with superficial matters.
- adj. Lacking interest or substance.
- adj. tennis Not far forward, close to the net
- n. A shallow portion of an otherwise deep body of water.
- v. To make or become less deep
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not deep; having little depth; shoal.
- adj. rare Not deep in tone.
- adj. Not intellectually deep; not profound; not penetrating deeply; simple; not wise or knowing; ignorant; superficial.
- n. A place in a body of water where the water is not deep; a shoal; a flat; a shelf.
- n. (Zoöl.), Prov. Eng. The rudd.
- v. To make shallow.
- v. To become shallow, as water.
- v. become shallow
- v. make shallow
- n. a stretch of shallow water
- adj. lacking depth of intellect or knowledge; concerned only with what is obvious
- adj. not deep or strong; not affecting one deeply
- adj. lacking physical depth; having little spatial extension downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or outward from a center
- From Middle English schalowe ("not deep, shallow"); apparently related to Old English sceald ("shallow"). See also shoal. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English schalowe. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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