Adjective "shallow" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Of little depth.
  1. 'being fairly shallow, the water was warm'
  2. 'I grow this prehistoric plant in a shallow bowl of water.'
  3. 'That night he made his way out of town and bedded down on the edge of a shallow gully.'
  4. 'Do you know how shallow the water is here?'
  5. 'These greyish, shallow erosions in the surface of the tongue and cheeks are inflamed and painful, especially when you eat hot, spicy food.'
  6. 'The narrow, deep lakes, so named because they look like the fingers of a hand, were carved by Ice Age glaciers, which deposited shallow topsoil on sloping shale beds above the lakes.'
  7. 'The five nodded their understanding before giving a shallow bow.'
  8. 'They were covered over slightly, like a shallow puddle that manages to reflect the sky while still being able to see to the bottom.'
  9. 'They have created roughly parallel blocks flanked by shallow canals that are actually slightly above harbour level.'
  10. 'Roll the pastry into a large rectangle and line a shallow baking tray.'
  11. 'For the custard, preheat the oven to 300 degrees and line a shallow baking pan with plastic wrap.'
  12. 'Heavy equipment or materials such as pallets of payers can squash a tree's shallow surface roots.'
  13. 'a shallow roof'
  14. 'If the spaceship goes in at too shallow a plane, it will bounce off and just fly off into outer space.'
  15. 'Her roof has the same shallow hip but is turned up like a basin with a butterfly profile.'
  16. 'The hall is shaded by a shallow half-hat of a roof which leaves a crescent-shaped interstice between it and the edge of the big carapace.'
  17. 'The metal balcony is propped from the rubble wall, and is an addition to traditional forms, as is the shallow pyramid of the roof.'
  18. 'Architecturally they incorporate the low roofs, polygonal towers and shallow, semicircular domes of the Byzantine mode.'
  19. 'She heard her tent mates' shallow breathing in their repose.'
  20. 'He was trembling and his breathing was shallow and shaky.'
  21. 'Her breathing is shallow as she tries to keep from crying.'
  22. 'The next minute his partner's heart was racing, his breathing was shallow, and he wouldn't respond to anything Jim said, or shouted.'
  23. 'His breathing quickened, his breaths shallow and shaky, as if each one might be his last.'
  24. 'Jewel's breathing was shallow as she held back tears.'
  25. 'His eyes were closed and his breathing was shallow.'
  26. 'She pushed forward, rolling like a treadmill, trying to make her breaths shallow to preserve her air supply.'
  27. 'Dave sank down and sat on her front steps, breaths shallow, as though he was trying not to cry.'
  28. 'There was no reply save for the whelpling's shallow breathing.'
Not exhibiting, requiring, or capable of serious thought.
  1. 'People are vain and shallow and disregard the love of others to pursue their own whims.'
  2. 'I know my sister isn't gullible or dumb, so this fact only served to prove to me how shallow she is.'
  3. 'Tara resented the implication that she would be that shallow.'
  4. 'Was he the only one who could tell how shallow she was?'
  5. 'They were both beautiful, popular people and their pairing had only seemed natural to everyone else despite how shallow I thought Mandy was.'
  6. 'He also happened to be rather handsome, but I wasn't that shallow.'
  7. 'Your friends think I'm just that shallow, because they don't see it and I let them.'
  8. 'She was supposed to be the one who wasn't shallow and who wasn't concerned with ‘status’ and such.'
  9. 'She likes to pretend she's that shallow, but she really isn't.'
  10. 'However theologically shallow it may be, however, there was a definite thought and reasoning behind it.'


An area of the sea, a lake, or a river where the water is not very deep.
  1. 'We swam to the shore and in every shallow we stopped.'
  2. 'The tall cottonwood trees along the bluffs and in the shallows of the river swayed violently in the wind and several snapped in half.'
  3. 'She walked along the banks of the lake, watching a water snake slither in the shallows.'
  4. 'Caelyn walked around in the cool shallows of the water with Justin at her side.'
  5. 'In and out of the shingle shallows the fish tried to find escape.'
  6. 'Taking Danny's hand the nurse led him into the shallows of the water.'
  7. 'He waded into the shallows and collapsed in knee deep water.'
  8. 'The trout here also seem to prefer the deep pools during the day and venture out into the shallows only when the sun is off the water.'
  9. 'The components of Friedrich's seascapes are here in a fresh guise: figures gazing at a moonlit sea from rocky shallows at its edge.'
  10. 'He moved forward cautiously until a man came into view crouched in the shallows of the river.'


(of the sea, a lake, or a river) become less deep over time or in a particular place.
  1. 'A much larger area at the north end of the lake is approximately 24 m deep, shallowing to the south.'
  2. 'The airplane's nose dropped through the horizon and speed started increasing to a bit more than 150 knots, then the nose started climbing and the bank angle shallowed out.'
  3. 'Golden sunlight slanted across dark blue water, ruffled here and there with white lace or streaked brown with mud where it shallowed, but the central channel was wide and deep.'


1. of little depth; not deep: shallow water.

2. lacking depth; superficial: a mind that is not narrow but shallow.

3. taking in a relatively small amount of air in each inhalation: shallow breathing.

4. Baseball. relatively close to home plate: The shortstop caught the pop fly in shallow left field. noun

5. Usually, shallows. (used with a singular or plural verb) a shallow part of a body of water; shoal. adverb

6. Baseball. at a shallow posi

More examples(as adjective)

"takings can be shallow with buyers."

"markets can be shallow for investments."

"harbours can be shallow for tankers."

"downticks can be shallow with levels."

"downticks can be shallow in places."

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Late Middle English: obscurely related to shoal.