Shallow

  • 1 Shallow — 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} shallow.] 1. Not… …

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  • 2 shallow — [shal′ō] adj. [ME shalow < OE * scealw < IE base * (s)kel , to dry out > SHOAL2, Gr skellein] 1. not deep [a shallow lake] 2. lacking depth of character, intellect, or meaning; superficial 3. slight; weak [shallow breathing] …

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  • 3 Shallow — Shal low, v. t. To make shallow. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 Shallow — Shal low, v. i. To become shallow, as water. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 shallow — [adj1] not deep cursory, depthless, empty, flat, hollow, inconsiderable, sand bar, shelf, shoal, slight, superficial, surface, trifling, trivial, unsound; concepts 737,777 Ant. deep shallow [adj2] unintelligent, ignorant cursory, empty, empty… …

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  • 6 shallow — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of little depth. 2) not showing, requiring, or capable of serious thought. ► NOUN (shallows) ▪ a shallow area of water. DERIVATIVES shallowly adverb shallowness noun …

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  • 7 Shallow — Shal low, n. 1. A place in a body of water where the water is not deep; a shoal; a flat; a shelf. [1913 Webster] A swift stream is not heard in the channel, but upon shallows of gravel. Bacon. [1913 Webster] Dashed on the shallows of the moving… …

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  • 8 shallow — index barren, cursory, fatuous, frivolous, puerile, superficial, trivial, volatile Burton s Legal Thesaurus …

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  • 9 shallow — (adj.) c.1400, schalowe not deep, probably from O.E. sceald (see SHOAL (Cf. shoal)). Of breathing, attested from 1875; of thought or feeling, superficial, first recorded 1580s. The noun, usually shallows, is first recorded 1570s, from the… …

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  • 10 shallow — adj *superficial, cursory, uncritical Analogous words: slim, slight, slender, *thin: trivial, trifling, *petty, paltry: empty, hollow, idle, *vain …

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  • 11 shallow — 01. The sign said, Warning: [Shallow] water Do Not Dive. 02. The children were wading around in the warm [shallow] water of the bay, trying to catch fish. 03. The body of an unknown man has been found in a [shallow] grave in a forested area on… …

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  • 12 shallow — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English schalowe; probably akin to Old English sceald shallow more at skeleton Date: 14th century 1. having little depth < shallow water > 2. having little extension inward or backward < office buildings have taken… …

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  • 13 shallow — shallowly, adv. shallowness, n. /shal oh/, adj., shallower, shallowest, n., adv., v. adj. 1. of little depth; not deep: shallow water. 2. lacking depth; superficial: a mind that is not narrow but shallow. 3. taking in a relatively small amount of …

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  • 14 shallow — [[t]ʃæ̱loʊ[/t]] shallower, shallowest 1) ADJ GRADED A shallow container, hole, or area of water measures only a short distance from the top to the bottom. Put the milk in a shallow dish... The water is quite shallow for some distance. ...the… …

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  • 15 shallow — 1 adjective 1 something that is shallow has only a short distance from the bottom to the surface: a shallow river | the shallow end of the swimming pool | a shallow grave 2 not interested in or showing any understanding of important or serious… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 shallow — shal|low [ˈʃæləu US lou] adj comparative shallower superlative shallowest 1.) measuring only a short distance from the top to the bottom ≠ ↑deep ▪ a shallow river ▪ The lake is quite shallow. ▪ the shallow end of the pool ▪ Place the meat in a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 shallow — /ˈʃæloʊ / (say shaloh) adjective 1. of little depth; not deep: shallow water; a shallow dish. 2. lacking depth; superficial: a shallow mind. –noun 3. (usually plural) a shallow part of a body of water; a shoal. –verb (t) 4. to make shallow. –verb …

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  • 18 shallow — shal|low1 [ ʃælou ] adjective ** 1. ) with only a short distance from the top or surface to the bottom: Move to the shallow end of the pool. He dug a shallow trench. The dish needs to be quite shallow. ─ opposite DEEP 2. ) not interested in… …

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  • 19 shallow */*/ — UK [ˈʃæləʊ] / US [ˈʃæloʊ] adjective Word forms shallow : adjective shallow comparative shallower superlative shallowest 1) with only a short distance from the top or surface to the bottom Move to the shallow end of the pool. He dug a shallow… …

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  • 20 shallow — shal•low [[t]ˈʃæl oʊ[/t]] adj. low•er, low•est, 1) of little depth: shallow water[/ex] 2) lacking depth; superficial: a shallow mind[/ex] 3) taking in a relatively small amount of air in each inhalation: shallow breathing[/ex] 4) Usu., shallows.… …

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