What is the opposite to deep?

Robbb 2011/03/31 19:38:00
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When asked this question ones first reaction would be to say shallow. However when you think about it for a moment that answer just does not make sense because shallowness is just a degree of depth. For example the deep end of a swimming pool would be shallow if you wanted to put a ship in it. The same applies to thought when talking about depth in a persons thinking a deep thinker or a shallow thinker. in this case we are still talking about degree or amount
So can the word deep have an opposite? Or can it only have a degree?
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  • sue 2011/03/31 21:17:29
    I think shallow means "not deep". Of course your examples make it a bit more difficult, because the depth of a "deep end" would indeed be shallow in an ocean situation. But still, shallow means "not deep."
  • METALheadMom 2011/03/31 20:54:21
    No, the opposite of deep is shallow. A shallow thinker only sees things on the surface, a deep thinker wants to get inside and explore what something is all about. You also need to understand that the English language has several definitions for almost every word in it. Take the word "blue" just as an example.
  • Robbb METALhe... 2011/03/31 22:06:16
    I understand what you are saying however shallowness is just a degree of depth so it cant be the opposite. Like shortness is not the opposite of tallness
  • Robbb METALhe... 2011/03/31 22:10:55
    Alright then lets take opposites in a chemical example For example acid and alkaline When you add an acid to an alkaline they cancel each other out and you generally end up with something that is neither.
  • NPC 2011/03/31 19:59:44
    Will be very interested in seeing the comments on this word ? Later
  • jimih67 2011/03/31 19:45:41
    I suppose when talking about depth as in water, the opposite would be high. When talking in terms of thought, it would be obtuse.

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