Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “shallow”

shallow

adjective (NOT DEEP)    /ˈʃæl.əʊ/ US  /-oʊ/
B2 having only a short distance from the top to the bottom: The stream was quite shallow so we were able to walk across it. She told her children to stay in the shallow end (of the swimming pool). Fry the onions in a shallow pan. These beech trees have shallow roots (= roots which do not go very deep into the ground).Low, short and shallow shallow breathing breathing in which you only take a small amount of air into your lungs with each breathBreathing and stopping breathing shallowly     /-li/ US  /-oʊ-/ adverb Low, short and shallowNot showing careful thought shallowness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Because of the shallowness of the water, we could see the fish in it very clearly. The fine performances of the actors hide the shallowness of the play's script.Not showing careful thoughtLow, short and shallow
(Definition of shallow adjective (NOT DEEP) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of shallow

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Low, short and shallow, but you might be interested in these topics from the Height, width and length topic area:

Definitions of “shallow” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

beneficiary

a person or group who receives money, advantages, etc. as a result of something else

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More