1. A shallow portion of an otherwise deep body of water.
    The ship ran aground in an unexpected shallow.
  2. A fish, the rudd.


  1. To make or become less deep


  1. Having little depth; significantly less deep than wide.
    This crater is relatively shallow.
    Saute the onions in a shallow pan.
  2. Extending not far downward.
    The water is shallow here.
  3. Concerned mainly with superficial matters.
    It was a glamorous but shallow lifestyle.
  4. Lacking interest or substance.
    The acting is good, but the characters are shallow.
  5. Not intellectually deep; not penetrating deeply; simple; not wise or knowing.
    shallow learning
  6. Not deep in tone.
  7. Not far forward, close to the net

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