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shallow

[shal-oh] /ˈʃæl oʊ/
adjective, shallower, shallowest.
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 air in each inhalation:
shallow breathing.
4.
Baseball. relatively close to home plate:
The shortstop caught the pop fly in shallow left field.
noun
5.
Usually, shallows. (used with a singular or plural verb) a shallow part of a body of water; shoal.
adverb
6.
Baseball. at a shallow position:
With the pitcher up, the outfielders played shallow.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
7.
to make or become shallow.
Origin of shallow
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English schalowe (adj.); akin to Old English sceald shallow (see shoal1)
Related forms
shallowly, adverb
shallowness, noun
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  • The mate was full of smooth and flattering words, but his eyes were shallow.

    All the Brothers Were Valiant Ben Ames Williams
  • The shallow water of the lagoon ran into gold-tipped ripples.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • His comrade had been struck and had fallen into the shallow water.

    With Wolseley to Kumasi F.S. Brereton
  • In every shallow ravine were groves of tree ferns forty feet tall.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • A shallow grave was dug in the soft earth at the foot of the cliff, and the melancholy remnant of humanity was lifted into it.

British Dictionary definitions for shallow

shallow

/ˈʃæləʊ/
adjective
1.
having little depth
2.
lacking intellectual or mental depth or subtlety; superficial
noun
3.
(often pl) a shallow place in a body of water; shoal
verb
4.
to make or become shallow
Derived Forms
shallowly, adverb
shallowness, noun
Word Origin
C15: related to Old English sceald shallow; see shoal1
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Word Origin and History for shallow
adj.

c.1400, schalowe "not deep," probably from or related to Old English sceald (see shoal (n.)). Of breathing, attested from 1875; of thought or feeling, "superficial," first recorded 1580s. The noun, usually shallows, is first recorded 1570s, from the adjective.

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