HyperDic: superficial

English > 5 senses of the word superficial:
ADJECTIVEallsuperficialconcerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious
pertsuperficialof, affecting, or being on or near the surface
allsuperficial, trivialof little substance or significance
allsuperficialoccurring on or near the surface of the skin
allsuperficial, casual, cursory, passing, perfunctoryhasty and without attention to detail
superficial > pronunciation
Soundssuw.perfih'shahl
Rhymesabdominal ... zoological: 2115 rhymes with ahl...
English > superficial: 5 senses > adjective 1
MeaningConcerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually.
Examples
  • "superficial similarities"
  • "a superficial mind"
  • "his thinking was superficial and fuzzy"
  • "superficial knowledge"
  • "the superficial report didn't give the true picture"
  • "only superficial differences"
Narrowerapparent, ostensible, seemingAppearing as such but not necessarily so
dilettante, dilettantish, dilettanteish, sciolisticshowing frivolous or superficial interest
facile, neat, slickarrived at without due care or effort
glibmarked by lack of intellectual depth
looking, soundingAppearing to be as specified
shallowlacking depth of intellect or knowledge
skin-deepPenetrating no deeper than the skin
See alsocarelessmarked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness
frivolousnot serious in content or attitude or behavior
outwardrelating to physical reality rather than with thoughts or the mind
Oppositeprofoundshowing intellectual penetration or emotional depth
Spanishsuperficial
Catalansuperficial
Nounssuperficialitylack of depth of knowledge or thought or feeling
Adverbssuperficiallyin a superficial manner
English > superficial: 5 senses > adjective 2, pert
MeaningOf, affecting, or being on or near the surface.
Examples
  • "superficial measurements"
  • "the superficial area of the wall"
  • "a superficial wound"
Spanishsuperficial
Catalansuperficial
Nounssuperficialityshallowness in terms of affecting only surface layers of something
superficiesouter surface of an area / area or a body
superficiesthe purely external aspect of a thing
surfacethe extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object
English > superficial: 5 senses > adjective 3
MeaningOf little substance or significance.
Example"a few superficial editorial changes"
Synonymtrivial
Broaderinsignificant, unimportantdevoid of importance, meaning, or force
Spanishsuperficial, trivial
Catalantrivial
English > superficial: 5 senses > adjective 4
MeaningOccurring on or near the surface of the skin.
Examples
  • "superficial burns"
  • "superficial facial injuries"
Broadershallowlacking physical depth
English > superficial: 5 senses > adjective 5
Meaninghasty and without attention to detail; not thorough.
Synonymscasual, cursory, passing, perfunctory
Broadercarelessmarked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness
Spanishsomero, superficial
Catalansuperficial

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