Anything superficial has to do with the surface of something. If you're judging a book by its cover, you're being superficial. People who worry too much about their clothes and hair may also be considered superficial.

  • Pronunciation: /ˌsuːpəˈfɪʃəl/
  • English Description: not studying or looking at something carefully and only seeing the most noticeable things
  • Chinese Translation: 表面的(Biao3 Mian4 De)
  • Spanish Translation: somero
  • STORY: The word superficial has to do with appearances and the surface. If a car is in an accident, but it only has a few scratches, you could say it has superficial damage, because the important parts are OK. If you just glanced at a movie for a second, your opinion will be more superficial than someone who watched the whole thing closely. Superficial can have a negative flavor; calling someone superficial is saying that they are shallow and care too little about meaningful things.


  • Naturally, such visits can allow only the most superficial understanding of prison life.
  • At a superficial level, things seem to have remained the same.

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