Shallow Shal"low, a. [Compar. {Shallower}; superl. {Shallowest}.] [OE. schalowe, probably originally, sloping or shelving; cf. Icel. skj[=a]lgr wry, squinting, AS. sceolh, D. & G. scheel, OHG. schelah. Cf. {Shelve} to slope, {Shoal} shallow.] 1. Not deep; having little depth; shoal. ``Shallow brooks, and rivers wide.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Not deep in tone. [R.] [1913 Webster]

The sound perfecter and not so shallow and jarring. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

3. Not intellectually deep; not profound; not penetrating deeply; simple; not wise or knowing; ignorant; superficial; as, a shallow mind; shallow learning. [1913 Webster]

The king was neither so shallow, nor so ill advertised, as not to perceive the intention of the French king. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Deep versed in books, and shallow in himself. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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