Definitions of superficial

  1. Superficiality.
  2. involving a surface only; " her beauty is only skin- deep"; " superficial bruising"; " a surface wound"
  3. being or affecting or concerned with a surface; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually; " 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"
  4. of little substance or significance; " a few superficial editorial changes"; " only trivial objections"
  5. Of or pertaining to the superficies, or surface; lying on the surface; shallow; not deep; as, a superficial color; a superficial covering; superficial measure or contents; superficial tillage.
  6. Reaching or comprehending only what is obvious or apparent; not deep or profound; shallow; -- said especially in respect to study, learning, and the like; as, a superficial scholar; superficial knowledge.
  7. Pertaining to, or being on, the surface; shallow; lacking depth of understanding; as, a superficial mind.
  8. Pertaining to or being on the surface: shallow: slight: containing only what is apparent and simple: not learned.
  9. Pertaining to, or on, the surface; shallow; slight.
  10. Pertaining to surface; shallow; hasty; slight.
  11. Being on or pertaining to the surface; not penetrating the substance of a thing; shallow; not deep or profound; reaching and comprehending only what is obvious and apparent.
  12. Being on the surface or exterior part; not penetrating beneath the surface; pert. to surfaces; showy; without substance; not deep or profound; shallow; more showy than real, as acquirements in any branch of knowledge.
  13. On the surface; arteries, veins, etc..