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Meaning of SHALLOW

Pronunciation:  'shalow

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a stretch of shallow water
  2. [adj]  lacking physical depth; having little spatial extension; downward ("shallow water"; "a shallow dish"); or inward from an outer surface ("a shallow cut"); or backward ("a shallow closet"; "established a shallow beachhead"); or outward from a center ((sports) "hit the ball to shallow left field")
  3. [adj]  not deep or strong; not affecting one deeply; "shallow breathing"; "a night of shallow fretful sleep"; "in a shallow trance"
  4. [adj]  lacking depth of intellect or knowledge; concerned only with what is obvious; "shallow people"; "his arguments seemed shallow and tedious"
  5. [v]  become shallow; "the lake shallowed over time"
  6. [v]  make shallow; "The silt shallowed the canal"

SHALLOW is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: ankle-deep, fordable, knee-deep, light, reefy, shelfy, shelvy, shoal, shoal, shoal, shoaly, skin-deep, superficial, surface(a), wakeful
 Antonyms: deep
 See Also: alter, body of water, change, water



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Shal"low\, a. [Compar. {Shallower}; superl.
    {Shallowest}.] [OE. schalowe, probably originally, sloping or
    shelving; cf. Icel. skj[=a]lgr wry, squinting, AS. sceolh, D.
    & G. scheel, OHG. schelah. Cf. {Shelve} to slope, {Shoal}
    1. Not deep; having little depth; shoal. ``Shallow brooks,
       and rivers wide.'' --Milton.
    2. Not deep in tone. [R.]
             The sound perfecter and not so shallow and jarring.
    3. Not intellectually deep; not profound; not penetrating
       deeply; simple; not wise or knowing; ignorant;
       superficial; as, a shallow mind; shallow learning.
             The king was neither so shallow, nor so ill
             advertised, as not to perceive the intention of the
             French king.                          --Bacon.
             Deep versed in books, and shallow in himself.
  2. \Shal"low\, n.
    1. A place in a body of water where the water is not deep; a
       shoal; a flat; a shelf.
             A swift stream is not heard in the channel, but upon
             shallows of gravel.                   --Bacon.
             Dashed on the shallows of the moving sand. --Dryden.
    2. (Zo["o]l.) The rudd. [Prov. Eng.]
  3. \Shal"low\, v. t.
    To make shallow. --Sir T. Browne.
  4. \Shal"low\, v. i.
    To become shallow, as water.