Foolish vs Shallow - What's the difference?

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Foolish is a related term of shallow.

As adjectives the difference between foolish and shallow

is that foolish is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise while shallow is having little depth; significantly less deep than wide.

As a noun shallow is

a shallow portion of an otherwise deep body of water.

As a verb shallow is

to make or become less deep.

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  • Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
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  • *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
  • Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
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  • *(Aeschylus)
  • *:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
  • Synonyms

    * absurd * idiotic * ridiculous * silly * unwise


    * wise

    Derived terms

    * foolishness




  • Having little depth; significantly less deep than wide.
  • This crater is relatively shallow .
    Saute the onions in a shallow pan.
  • Extending not far downward.
  • The water is shallow here.
  • Concerned mainly with superficial matters.
  • It was a glamorous but shallow lifestyle.
  • Lacking interest or substance.
  • The acting is good, but the characters are shallow .
  • Not intellectually deep; not penetrating deeply; simple; not wise or knowing.
  • shallow learning
  • * Francis Bacon
  • The king was neither so shallow , nor so ill advertised, as not to perceive the intention of the French king.
  • (obsolete) Not deep in tone.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • the sound perfecter and not so shallow and jarring
  • (tennis) Not far forward, close to the net
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=June 28 , author=Jamie Jackson , title=Wimbledon 2012: Lukas Rosol shocked by miracle win over Rafael Nadal , work=the Guardian citation , page= , passage=Rosol spurned the chance to finish off a shallow second serve by spooning into the net, and a wild forehand took the set to 5-4, with the native of Prerov required to hold his serve for victory.}}


    * deep


    (en noun)
  • A shallow portion of an otherwise deep body of water.
  • The ship ran aground in an unexpected shallow .
  • * Francis Bacon
  • A swift stream is not heard in the channel, but upon shallows of gravel.
  • * Dryden
  • dashed on the shallows of the moving sand
  • A fish, the rudd.
  • Usage notes

    * Usually used in the plural form.

    See also

    * shoal * sandbar * sandbank


    (en verb)
  • To make or become less deep
  • * {{quote-journal, 2009, date=February 6, Andrew Z. Krug et al., Signature of the End-Cretaceous Mass Extinction in the Modern Biota, Science citation
  • , passage=The shallowing of Cenozoic age-frequency curves from tropics to poles thus appears to reflect the decreasing probability for genera to reach and remain established in progressively higher latitudes ( 9 ). }}