follow Dictionary.com

Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?

shoaly

[shoh-lee] /ˈʃoʊ li/
adjective, shoalier, shoaliest.
1.
full of shoals or shallows.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; shoal1 + -y1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for shoaly

shoal1

/ʃəʊl/
noun
1.
a stretch of shallow water
2.
a sandbank or rocky area in a stretch of water, esp one that is visible at low water
verb
3.
to make or become shallow
4.
(intransitive) (nautical) to sail into shallower water
adjective
5.
a less common word for shallow
6.
(nautical) (of the draught of a vessel) drawing little water
Derived Forms
shoaliness, noun
Word Origin
Old English scealdshallow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for shoaly

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for shoaly

12
11
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for shoaly