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Shallow, adj. 1) not deep; used of water: “s. fords,” Lucr. 1329. Sonn. 80, 9 “(--est).” Wiv. III, 1, 17. III, 5, 15. Shr. I, 1, 23. of vessels: “for s. draught and bulk unprizable,” Tw. V, 58. “s. bauble boats,” Troil. I, 3, 35. of wounds: “a s. scratch,” H4A V, 4, 11.
2) superficial, empty, trifling: “that her husband's s. tongue in that high task had done her beauty wrong,” Lucr. 78. “idle words, servants to s. fools,” Lucr. 78 “apish, s., inconstant,” As III, 2, 432. H4A III, 2, 61. H4B IV, 2, 50. H5 I, 1, 55. II, 4, 28. H6A II, 4, 16. R3 IV, 4, 361. With in: “you're s. in great friends,” All's I, 3, 45 (you are a superficial judge of the character of great friends. Most M. Edd. e'en great friends).
3) silly, stupid: “he throws that s. habit by,” Lucr. 1814. “a very s. monster,” Tp. II, 2, 147. “some s. story of deep love,” Gent. I, 1, 21. “so s., so conceitless, to be seduced by thy flattery,” IV, 2, 96. “the --est thick-skin of that barren sort,” Mids. III, 2, 13. Gent. I, 2, 8. Err. III, 2, 35. Ado II, 3, 10. V, 1, 240. LLL I, 1, 256. V, 2, 305. V, 2, 305 Merch. II, 5, 35. As III, 2, 58. As III, 2, 58 As III, 2, 58 Tw. III, 4, 137. H4A II, 3, 16. H4B II, 4, 257. H5 I, 2, 295. H6C IV, 1, 62. R3 II, 2, 18. III, 2, 25. IV, 4, 431 (s. changing hyphened in Ff). V, 3, 219. Lr. II, 2, 16.
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