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  • adv. A little.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. to a small degree; somewhat


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  • Only one person had preceded Tess up the hill -- a ladylike young woman somewhat interesting, though, perhaps, a trifle guindée and prudish.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • Next came Elnora, dressed with equal richness, a trifle taller and slenderer, almost the same type of colouring, but with different eyes and hair, facial lines and expression.

    A Girl of the Limberlost

  • The face was a trifle froglike, for his pale blue eyes had a tendency to pop out—exophthalmia, the Greeks called it.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Nora was a trifle worried about his morals when she discovered his intellect, but as time went on, and Tig showed no devotion for any woman save herself, and no consciousness that there were such things as bad boys or saloons in the world, she began to have confidence.

    The Shape of Fear, and other ghostly tales

  • The inlay was a trifle scuffed from the axe's late use.

    A Crown of Swords

  • For Richard, the seven years of his apprenticeship were a joy when it came to the work and the learning, even if a trifle on the cheerless side when it came to physical comfort.

    Morgan’s Run

  • Then Alceste Boyle, ready to go, turned again to the girl in the far corner of the room, and said, a trifle sharply:

    Death at the Opera

  • He did not see me, as I was a trifle behind him, and just then the three warriors opposing him, and whom I recognized as Warhoons, charged simultaneously.

    A Princess of Mars

  • The theoretic effective radius of this rifle is three hundred miles, but the best they can do in actual service when equipped with their wireless finders and sighters is but a trifle over two hundred miles.

    A Princess of Mars

  • If only Mr. Longfellow had been a trifle more considerate in the matter of long, queer words!

    Caddie Woodlawn’s Family


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