Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “shallow”


adjective (NOT SERIOUS)    /ˈʃæl.əʊ/ US  /-oʊ/ disapproving
C2 not showing serious or careful thought : I found the film rather shallow. I think she found him physically quite attractive but a bit shallow.Not showing careful thought 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 SERIOUS) 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 Not showing careful thought, but you might be interested in these topics from the Attention and care topic area:

Definitions of “shallow” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


a skilled and trained cook who works in a hotel or restaurant, especially the most important cook

Word of the Day


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