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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.
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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"
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[ˈʃæləʊnɪs] N
1. [of water, pool] → poca profundidad f
2. [of breathing] → superficialidad f
3. [of person] → superficialidad f
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[ˈʃæləʊnɪs] n
[water] → faible profondeur f
[person, mind, conversation, novel] → superficialité f
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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
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(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.
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References in classic literature ?
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.
It is true that the erroneousness and shallowness of this conception of his faith was dimly perceptible to Alexey Alexandrovitch, and he knew that when, without the slightest idea that his forgiveness was the action of a higher power, he had surrendered directly to the feeling of forgiveness, he had felt more happiness than now when he was thinking every instant that Christ was in his heart, and that in signing official papers he was doing His will.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(1826), deals, somewhat more sensibly, with the same social class as Bulwer's 'Pelham.' 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.
With the essential shallowness of a negative, unimaginative nature, she was unable to conceive the fact that sensibilities were anything else than weaknesses.
He felt himself invulnerable--raised far above the shallowness of common judgment.
"Oh, there's no fear of that," answered Bulmer; "this precious lake of ours is not two feet deep anywhere." And with one of his flourishing gestures he stuck his stick into the water to demonstrate its shallowness. They could see the short end bent in the water, so that he seemed for a moment to lean his large weight on a breaking staff.