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Definition of "shallow" []

  • Measuring little from bottom to top or surface; lacking physical depth. (adjective)
  • Lacking depth of intellect, emotion, or knowledge: "This is a shallow parody of America” ( Lloyd Rose). (adjective)
  • Marked by insufficient inhalation of air; weak: shallow respirations. (adjective)
  • In the part of a playing area that is closer to home plate: shallow left field. (adjective)
  • A part of a body of water of little depth; a shoal. Often used in the plural: abandoned the boat in the shallows. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "shallow" in a sentence
  • "Mr. Sullivan, the blogger, said an eHow page with what he characterized as "shallow" content previously appeared as the first Google search result when users searched "how to get pregnant fast.""
  • "Another group that you need to be cognizant of, and this occurs primarily in young teenagers and young male adults, is what we call shallow-water blackout, people going underwater and seeing how long can they hold their breath."
  • "Firefighters performed what they call a shallow water rescue."