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



    BrE BrE//ˈʃæləʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃæloʊ//
    (shallower, shallowest)
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  1. 1  not having much distance between the top or surface and the bottom a shallow dish They were playing in the shallow end (= of the swimming pool). These fish are found in shallow waters around the coast. The body was found in a shallow grave. shallow roots (= that grow near the surface of the ground) opposite deep
  2. 2(disapproving) (of a person, an idea, a comment, etc.) not showing serious thought, feelings, etc. about something synonym superficial This shows how shallow their commitment to the environment really is.
  3. 3shallow breathing involves taking in only a small amount of air each time
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: obscurely related to shoal sense (2).Extra examples Don’t worry, the water’s very shallow. Follow the south shore, crossing the river where it is shallow enough. The water gets quite shallow towards the shore. Tony seemed very shallow and immature.
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