Definition of 'superficial'
Video: pronunciation of 'superficial'
Example sentences containing 'superficial'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
Now they have this instant access to superficial knowledge. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Medics told us the burns were superficial but his trainers saved his life. The Sun (2010)It is less about superficial appearance and more about the processes of looking. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The rest of the damage seemed more superficial. Anti-Ice (1993)The superficial glamour of its picturesque figures has faded. The Times Literary Supplement (2011)How sick for their happiness to be dependent on something so superficial. The Sun (2012)He was an ambitious and impatient man with some superficial knowledge. A Plague of Angels (1993)Experts say it would leave superficial burns but is not usually harmful. The Sun (2013)Only superficial damage was incurred and the stands and playing surface were unaffected. Times, Sunday Times (2010)He was supposed to be superficial or something. Christianity Today (2000)The vast majority of letters sent back from the trenches suggest only the most superficial understanding of what it was really about. Times, Sunday Times (2014)It gives the superficial appearance of being favourable to the West. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Yet candy coating can have its drawbacks: a surface appeal often leads to superficial understanding. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Only after the war did they learn that the American vessel had suffered merely superficial damage. Nemesis: The Battle for Japan, 194445 (2007)A nurse wraps wet towels around superficial burns on my wife's leg and my hand. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Basic morality is different from image, which is superficial appearance, not the deeper reality. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Here is a profound understanding concerned not with superficial appearances, but with the depths of perception that the processes of looking at a painting should involve. Times, Sunday Times (2015)As things stand, there is a worrying danger that school-age students are only willing to seek superficial knowledge about computers. Times, Sunday Times (2007)They take comfort from polls that appear to put Europe low on voters' lists of priorities but that is a superficial understanding of mainstream opinion. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Therefore, regardless of superficial appearances, a harmony of interests exists between the classes by which the dominant classes protect and advance the interests of the lower classes. The Making of Neoclassical Economics (1990)
Trends of 'superficial'
In Common Usage. superficial is one of the 10000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage for:
Translations for 'superficial'
British English: superficial /ˌsuːpəˈfɪʃəl/ ADJECTIVE
If you describe someone as superficial, you disapprove of them because they do not think deeply, and have little understanding of anything serious or important.
...his superficial and rather silly friends.
- American English: superficial
- Arabic: سَطْحِي
- Brazilian Portuguese: superficial
- Chinese: 表面的
- Croatian: površan
- Czech: povrchní
- Danish: overfladisk
- Dutch: oppervlakkig
- European Spanish: superficial
- Finnish: pinnallinen
- French: superficiel
- German: oberflächlich
- Greek: επιφανειακός
- Italian: superficiale
- Japanese: 表面的な
- Korean: 피상적인
- Norwegian: overflatisk
- Polish: powierzchowny
- European Portuguese: superficial
- Romanian: superficial
- Russian: поверхностный
- Spanish: superficial
- Swedish: ytlig
- Thai: ผิวเผิน ไม่ลึกซึ้ง ไม่สำคัญ
- Turkish: yapay
- Ukrainian: поверховий
- Vietnamese: hời hợt
Definition of superficial from the Collins English Dictionary
5 unusual words & phrases to upgrade your World Cup 2018 banter
Impress your friends, family and colleagues with this unusual collection of football lingo.
Audrey Brow, Unicorn Farts & Space Grease: June’s Words in the News
Catch up on the latest words in the news this June with Robert Groves.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.