shallow Definition

  • 1having little depth; not deep
  • 2lacking depth of intellect, emotion, or knowledge
  • 3superficial or insincere

Using shallow: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "shallow" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The pond is quite shallow.

  • Example

    She has a shallow understanding of the topic.

  • Example

    He's a shallow person who only cares about appearances.

  • Example

    The movie was criticized for its shallow plot.

shallow Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using shallow

  • people who are quiet or reserved may have hidden depths or strong emotions


    Although she seems shy, still waters run deep and she has a lot of interesting things to say.

  • a situation or task that is easy or simple compared to others


    Compared to the other projects, this one is the shallow end of the pool.

  • a lack of money or financial resources


    I can't afford that expensive restaurant, I have a shallow pocket right now.

Phrases with shallow

  • water that is not deep enough to swim in or navigate


    The boat got stuck in the shallow water.

  • breathing that is not deep or full, often due to anxiety or illness


    She was experiencing shallow breathing and had to take deep breaths to calm down.

  • a burial site that is not very deep, often used to dispose of a body illegally


    The police found the victim's body in a shallow grave in the woods.

Origins of shallow

from Old English 'sceald', meaning 'shoal'


Summary: shallow in Brief

The term 'shallow' [ˈʃæləʊ] refers to something that has little depth, whether physical or intellectual. It can describe water, breathing, graves, or people. In the latter case, it often means lacking depth of emotion or knowledge, as in 'She has a shallow understanding of the topic.' 'Shallow' can also be used to describe insincere or superficial behavior, as in 'He's a shallow person who only cares about appearances.'

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