Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Superficial; shallow.
  • adverb In a shallow manner; superficially.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not penetrating or extending deeper than the thickness of the skin; superficial.
  • In a superficial manner; superficially; slightly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Not deeper than the skin; hence, superficial.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective figuratively shallow, superficial.

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

  • adjective penetrating no deeper than the skin:

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Examples

  • Politicians and voters believe what they believe, and those beliefs are more than skin-deep.

    Matthew Yglesias » House GOP Virginia Caucus Snubs Kaine, Doesn’t Care About VA’s Fate in the Stimulus

  • Here are some questions and answers about flu vaccinations:Q: How does the new skin-deep vaccine work?

    Time for flu shots, and some may get a tiny needle

  • Who knows what prodigious talents have been and are buried by appearance -- skin-deep, perhaps, but nevertheless for most an impenetrable barrier, whether socially constructed or an evolutionary mating-ritual imperative.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Meanwhile, investors fears that BP's much-vaunted reforms are skin-deep.

    BP Comeback Is Sidetracked in Arctic

  • He was a selfish cry-baby, hidden behind a man's mustache and stature, and glossed over with a skin-deep veneer of culture and conventionality.

    The Priestly Prerogative

  • The titillating content is still very front and center in this new Skins, but it only goes skin-deep, lacking sting or zing when so clumsily executed.

    Roush Review: Remakes and a Retread

  • Psychologists probably have some big technical words for that extra measure of human understanding that comes to men who have faced suffering and death first hand and some peculiar explanation of why they so often develop a skin-deep toughness that seems to contrast with the idea of playing Santa Claus to hundreds of thousands of young people....

    Beth Crumley: Marines and Toys for Tots: A History

  • I was only fifteen, and I had lived all my days in the thick of the mystery stuff, while my scepticism, very recently acquired, was only skin-deep.

    SHIN-BONES

  • Psychologists probably have some big technical words for that extra measure of human understanding that comes to men who have faced suffering and death first hand and some peculiar explanation of why they so often develop a skin-deep toughness that seems to contrast with the idea of playing Santa Claus to hundreds of thousands of young people....

    Beth Crumley: Marines and Toys for Tots: A History

  • Actually, the pain barely goes skin-deep, which is about as deep as this shallow dud of a lark ever goes.

    Matt's TV Week in Review

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