Pronunciation: (sOO"pur-fish'ul),[key] —adj. 1. being at, on, or near the surface: a superficial wound. 2. of or pertaining to the surface: superficial measurement. 3. external or outward: a superficial resemblance. 4. concerned with or comprehending only what is on the surface or obvious: a superficial observer. 5. shallow; not profound or thorough: a superficial writer. 6. apparent rather than real.
7. insubstantial or insignificant: superficial improvements.