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.

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 glance at a movie for a second, your opinion will be more superficial than the opinion of someone who watched the whole film closely. Superficial can have a negative flavor; calling someone superficial is saying that they are shallow and care too little about meaningful things.

Definitions of superficial
  1. adjective
    of, affecting, or being on or near the surface
    superficial measurements”
    “the superficial area of the wall”
    “a superficial wound”
  2. adjective
    concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; 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”
    marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful
    relating to physical reality rather than with thoughts or the mind
    apparent, ostensible, seeming
    appearing as such but not necessarily so
    dilettante, dilettanteish, dilettantish, sciolistic
    showing frivolous or superficial interest; amateurish
    arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth
    marked by lack of intellectual depth
    looking, sounding
    appearing to be as specified; usually used as combining forms
    lacking depth of intellect or knowledge; concerned only with what is obvious
    penetrating no deeper than the skin: "her beauty is only skin-deep"
    not serious in content or attitude or behavior
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    showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth
    possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
    marked by depth of thinking
    having intellectual depth
    characteristic of scholars or scholarship
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  3. adjective
    of little substance or significance
    “a few superficial editorial changes”
    synonyms: trivial
    insignificant, unimportant
    devoid of importance, meaning, or force
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