Definition of superficial adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    superficial

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˌsuːpəˈfɪʃl//
     
    , BrE//ˌsjuːpəˈfɪʃl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌsuːpərˈfɪʃl//
     
    Dishonest
     
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  1. 1(often disapproving) not studying or looking at something thoroughly; seeing only what is obvious a superficial analysis The book shows only a superficial understanding of the historical context.
  2. 2appearing to be true, real or important until you look at it more carefully superficial differences/similarities When you first meet her, she gives a superficial impression of warmth and friendliness. The movie bears a fairly superficial resemblance to the original novel. See related entries: Dishonest
  3. 3(of a wound or damage) only affecting the surface and therefore not serious a superficial injury superficial burns
  4. 4(disapproving) not concerned with anything serious or important and lacking any depth of understanding or feeling synonym shallow a superficial friendship The guests engaged in superficial chatter. She's so superficial!
  5. 5(specialist) of or on the surface of something superficial veins a superficial deposit of acidic soils
  6. Word Origin late Middle English: from late Latin superficialis, from Latin superficies, from super- ‘above’ + facies ‘face’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: superficial