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adj. shal·low·er, shal·low·est
1. Measuring little from bottom to top or surface; lacking physical depth.
2. Lacking depth of intellect, emotion, or knowledge: "This is a shallow parody of America" (Lloyd Rose).
3. Marked by insufficient inhalation of air; weak: shallow respirations.
4. In the part of a playing area that is closer to home plate: shallow left field.
often shallows A part of a body of water of little depth; a shoal: abandoned the boat in the shallows.
tr. & intr.v. shal·lowed, shal·low·ing, shal·lows
To make or become shallow.

[Middle English schalowe.]

shal′low·ly adv.
shal′low·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shallowness - lack of depth of knowledge or thought or feeling
depth - degree of psychological or intellectual profundity
glibness, slickness - a kind of fluent easy superficiality; "the glibness of a high-pressure salesman"
sciolism - pretentious superficiality of knowledge
2.shallowness - the quality of lacking physical depth; "take into account the shallowness at that end of the pool before you dive"
depth, deepness - the extent downward or backward or inward; "the depth of the water"; "depth of a shelf"; "depth of a closet"
superficiality - shallowness in terms of affecting only surface layers of something; "he ignored the wound because of its superficiality"
deepness, profoundness, profundity - the quality of being physically deep; "the profundity of the mine was almost a mile"
sekély ség
grynnsli; grunnhyggni


[ˈʃæləʊnɪs] N
1. [of water, pool] → poca profundidad f
2. [of breathing] → superficialidad f
3. [of person] → superficialidad f


[ˈʃæləʊnɪs] n
[water] → faible profondeur f
[person, mind, conversation, novel] → superficialité f


nFlachheit f; (of water also)Seichtheit f; (of soil)Dünne f; (Physiol: of breathing) → Schwäche f; (fig, of talk, person, novel) → Seichtheit f, → Oberflächlichkeit f


(ˈʃӕləu) adjective
1. not deep. shallow water; a shallow pit.
2. not able to think seriously or feel deeply. a rather shallow personality.
ˈshallowness noun
ˈshallows noun plural
a place where the water is shallow. There are dangerous rocks and shallows near the island.
References in classic literature ?
The meadow was searched in vain; and he got over the stile into the next field, looking with dying hope towards a small pond which was now reduced to its summer shallowness, so as to leave a wide margin of good adhesive mud.
He was conscious also of the shallowness and vanity of his mother's nature, and in that saw infinite peril for Sibyl and Sibyl's happiness.
The width of the river, which was upwards of a mile, its extreme shallowness, the frequency of quicksands, and various other characteristics, had at length made them sensible of their errors with respect to it, and they now came to the correct conclusion, that they were on the banks of the Platte or Shallow River.
With the essential shallowness of a negative, unimaginative nature, she was unable to conceive the fact that sensibilities were anything else than weaknesses.
Before descending into the garden, Giovanni failed not to look at his figure in the mirror,--a vanity to be expected in a beautiful young man, yet, as displaying itself at that troubled and feverish moment, the token of a certain shallowness of feeling and insincerity of character.
A good continued speech, without a good speech of interlocution, shows slowness: and a good reply or second speech, without a good settled speech, showeth shallowness and weakness.
And with one of his flourishing gestures he stuck his stick into the water to demonstrate its shallowness.
Selfridge Merry had caught the phrase "round the world," and having once circled the globe in his steam-yacht, he seized the opportunity to send down the table several striking items concerning the shallowness of the Mediterranean ports.
It is a proof of the shallowness of the doctrine of beauty as it lies in the minds of our amateurs, that men seem to have lost the perception of the instant dependence of form upon soul.
They could not understand that I have not the necessary qualifications for it- the kind of good-natured, fussy shallowness necessary for the position.
Lydgate, with the usual shallowness of a young bachelor.
In his novels of this period, as in his dress and manner, he deliberately attitudinized, a fact which in part reflected a certain shallowness of character, in part was a device to attract attention for the sake of his political ambition.