Definitions

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  • adj. Full of shoals, or shallow places.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of shoals, or shallow places.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of shoals or shallow places; abounding in shoals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. full of submerged reefs or sandbanks or shoals

Etymologies

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shoal +‎ -y

Examples

  • A varied and attractive picture this, with the turquoise-blue of the deep water, the purple and leek-green tints of the shoaly and sandy little port, and the tawny shore dotted by six distinct palm-tufts.

    The Land of Midian

  • While this conversation continued, they reached the shoaly inlet under the flower-laden beech.

    Hung Lou Meng

  • I asked, looking across the shoaly waters toward the sands of Monomoy and Cape Cod.

    Death on a Vineyard Beach

  • [52: 2] The long shoaly island in the Lagoon, immediately opposite

    Browning's Heroines

  • Wind, rain, roily, shoaly seas breaking clear over the ship across decks drove Cook out from land to deeper water.

    Vikings of the Pacific The Adventures of the Explorers who Came from the West, Eastward

  • Her engines, this morning, were mortal slow and weak; they wheezed and whined, and she drew so deep that, in that shoaly water, she went aground twice between Sewell's Point and the stretch she had now reached of smooth pink water, with the sea-gulls dipping between her and the Minnesota.

    The Long Roll

  • Squat to the water, belching black smoke, her engines wheezing and repining, unwieldy of management, her bottom scraping every hummock of sand in all the shoaly

    The Long Roll

  • The island was very large, rocky, and thickly wooded, and the coast was rocky too, and the water very shoaly, which made me understand how difficult landing must have been in the stormy weather.

    Marjorie

  • They swung round a point and threaded the channel that led among the shoaly waters of Musky Bay.

    The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code

  • Swamps would, perhaps, better describe these shoaly sheets of water, which in summer so swarm with mosquitoes that deer and even the natives sometimes die from their attacks.

    From Paris to New York by Land

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