adjective, shal·low·er, shal·low·est.
- of little depth; not deep: shallow water.
- lacking depth; superficial: a mind that is not narrow but shallow.
- taking in a relatively small amount of air in each inhalation: shallow breathing.
- Baseball. relatively close to home plate: The shortstop caught the pop fly in shallow left field.
- Usually shallows. (used with a singular or plural verb) a shallow part of a body of water; shoal.
- Baseball. at a shallow position: With the pitcher up, the outfielders played shallow.
verb (used with or without object)
- to make or become shallow.
- having little depth
- lacking intellectual or mental depth or subtlety; superficial
- (often plural) a shallow place in a body of water; shoal
- to make or become shallow
adj.c.1400, schalowe “not deep,” probably from or related to Old English sceald (see shoal (n.)). Of breathing, attested from 1875; of thought or feeling, “superficial,” first recorded 1580s. The noun, usually shallows, is first recorded 1570s, from the adjective.