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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [shal-oh]
    • /ˈʃæl oʊ/
    • /ˈʃæləʊ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shal-oh]
    • /ˈʃæl oʊ/

Definitions of shallow word

  • adjective shallow of little depth; not deep: shallow water. 1
  • adjective shallow lacking depth; superficial: a mind that is not narrow but shallow. 1
  • adjective shallow taking in a relatively small amount of air in each inhalation: shallow breathing. 1
  • adjective shallow Baseball. relatively close to home plate: The shortstop caught the pop fly in shallow left field. 1
  • noun shallow Usually, shallows. (used with a singular or plural verb) a shallow part of a body of water; shoal. 1
  • adverb shallow Baseball. at a shallow position: With the pitcher up, the outfielders played shallow. 1

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Origin of shallow

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English schalowe (adj.); akin to Old English sceald shallow (see shoal1)

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Parts of speech for Shallow


shallow popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

shallow usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for shallow

adj shallow

  • airheaded — Slang. a scatterbrained, stupid, or simple-minded person; dolt.
  • apprenticed — a person who works for another in order to learn a trade: an apprentice to a plumber.
  • birdbrained — a stupid, foolish, or scatterbrained person.
  • bottommost — lowest or most fundamental
  • campiest — of, relating to, or characterized by camp: a campy send-up of romantic operetta.

noun shallow

  • mantelpiece — a construction framing the opening of a fireplace and usually covering part of the chimney breast in a more or less decorative manner.

adjective shallow

  • depthless — immeasurably deep; fathomless
  • designless — without a design, unplanned
  • forceless — Without force.
  • frothy — of, like, or having froth; foamy.
  • glib — readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially, or insincerely so: a glib talker; glib answers.

Antonyms for shallow

adj shallow

  • baritone — In music, a baritone is a man with a fairly deep singing voice that is lower than that of a tenor but higher than that of a bass.
  • bass — A bass is a man with a very deep singing voice.
  • contemplative — Someone who is contemplative thinks deeply, or is thinking in a serious and calm way.
  • deep — If something is deep, it extends a long way down from the ground or from the top surface of something.
  • delphic — of or relating to Delphi or its oracle or temple

adjective shallow

  • acroamatic — relating to oral communication
  • wistful — characterized by melancholy; longing; yearning.

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