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Synonyms for shallow
ˈʃæl oʊshal·low

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  1. shallownoun


  2. shallowadjective

    Having little depth; significantly less deep than wide.

    The ship ran aground in an unexpected shallow.


  3. shallowadjective

    The water is shallow here


  4. shallowadjective

    It was a glamorous but shallow lifestyle


  5. shallowadjective

    The acting is good, but the characters are shallow


Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. shallow

    shoal, slight, flimsy, trifling, simple, superficial, unprofound

    deep, profound

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shoal, shallowadjective

    a stretch of shallow water

    school, shoal

    deep-water, sound, unfathomable, unsounded, unfathomed, deep, walk-in(a), heavy, profound, abysmal, bottomless, abyssal, unplumbed, wakeless

  2. shallowadjective

    lacking physical depth; having little spatial extension downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or outward from a center

    "shallow water"; "a shallow dish"; "a shallow cut"; "a shallow closet"; "established a shallow beachhead"; "hit the ball to shallow left field"

    sound, bottomless, walk-in(a), profound, deep, deep-water, unplumbed, unsounded, unfathomable, wakeless, abysmal, heavy, unfathomed, abyssal

  3. shallowadjective

    not deep or strong; not affecting one deeply

    "shallow breathing"; "a night of shallow fretful sleep"; "in a shallow trance"

    unfathomable, abysmal, wakeless, deep, unplumbed, heavy, abyssal, unfathomed, profound, walk-in(a), deep-water, unsounded, sound, bottomless

  4. shallowverb

    lacking depth of intellect or knowledge; concerned only with what is obvious

    "shallow people"; "his arguments seemed shallow and tedious"

    heavy, abyssal, wakeless, bottomless, walk-in(a), profound, unfathomable, unfathomed, deep, sound, unplumbed, abysmal, unsounded, deep-water

  5. shallow, shoalverb

    make shallow

    "The silt shallowed the canal"


    profound, unfathomable, unplumbed, deep, heavy, deep-water, walk-in(a), abyssal, unfathomed, bottomless, unsounded, wakeless, sound, abysmal

  6. shallow, shoalverb

    become shallow

    "the lake shallowed over time"


    unsounded, walk-in(a), deep-water, profound, abysmal, deep, heavy, wakeless, unplumbed, unfathomable, unfathomed, abyssal, bottomless, sound

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. shallowadjective

    shoal, not deep

  2. shallowadjective

    superficial, unintelligent, simple, ignorant, not profound

  3. shallowadjective

    flimsy, trivial, frivolous, trifling, foolish, puerile, trashy

  4. shallownoun

    shoal, flat, shelf, bank

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. shallowadjective

    shoal, superficial, frivolous, senseless

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "shallow":

    superficial, shallow-water, surface, cursory, surficial, thin

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How to use shallow in a sentence?

  1. Thomas Jr.:

    I told Prince Harry, ‘I think she’s going to ruin your life,' she’s very shallow.

  2. Judge Hickson:

    If this is a shallow issue for people, it will dissipate when the next issue comes along.

  3. Jay Caspian Kang:

    The reason why [ upwardly mobile Asian American ] people express those things is because... they feel like they're not being treated as if they were White, and they want to feel some form of solidarity with other groups who might be feeling this way, but the issue is that when you express such shallow, privileged politics and concerns, it's very difficult to build those pathways to solidarity.

  4. Operations Scott Robb:

    The water was rising and deep for our people, so we use the ladder to get vests for the three patients in case they fell out and floated down, and then it was determined that on the other side of the river, it was a little more shallow for them to walk in and pull the patients out one by one and get them out on the other side.

  5. Stephen Franke:

    My positioning on the wave just wasn’t right, [It was] pretty shallow water, so I cut through the water pretty quick and went straight to the sand to my forehead.

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