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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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Examples from the Web for shallowest
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  • The depth of the water in this narrow from the shallowest to the deepest is six to twenty-two fathoms.

  • The shallowest of them might ask a hearing—he dared not for his dishonored honor's sake.

    Theo Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • She may be the shallowest of living creatures—the most selfish, the falsest, the basest.

    Fenton's Quest M. E. Braddon
  • As a matter of fact, words are, as a rule, the shallowest portion of all the argument.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • I simply drowned in the shallowest pond of numbers that ever spread itself on the page.

  • When I put in my stick, however, I could not fathom it—and this at the shallowest part.

    In the Rocky Mountains W. H. G. Kingston
  • Were it otherwise, were fame contemporary, it would be but the breath of popular applause, the shallowest phase of reputation.

    Genius in Sunshine and Shadow Maturin Murray Ballou
  • But the shallowest thinker will not deny the realities of remorse.

    A Love Episode Emile Zola
  • It is shallowest in the middle, and level towards the west shore, having two fathoms of water or less.

  • Under the tiny bridge there ran the shallowest and clearest of little rivers.

    No Hero E.W. Hornung
British Dictionary definitions for shallowest

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 shallowest

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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