from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of little worth or importance. synonym: trivial.
  • adjective Frivolous or foolish.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or conduct of one who trifles, in any sense.
  • Inclined to trifle; lacking depth or earnestness; shallow; frivolous; idle; vain.
  • Trivial; unimportant; insignificant; slight; small.
  • Good-for-nothing; worthless; mean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Being of small value or importance; trivial; paltry

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective trivial, or of little importance
  • adjective idle or frivolous

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

  • adjective not worth considering
  • noun the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working


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  • Take my trifling _as trifling_; and believe me, seriously and deeply,

    The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb — Volume 5 The Letters of Charles and Mary Lamb Mary Lamb 1805

  • The fainting fits which had twice alarmed Lucia, and which she spoke of as trifling and temporary indispositions, she herself knew perfectly well to be only one of the symptoms of a firmly-rooted and increasing disease.

    A Canadian Heroine, Volume 2 A Novel Harry Coghill 1871

  • Yet Mr. Clement is not extravagant in any of his propensities; nor has indulged himself in any expence that did not seem greatly within his income; but, when I find of how much consequence a few thousands would now be, and then carry on a train of reasoning from thousands to hundreds, from hundreds to twentys, and from twentys to pounds, and so down to the minutest article of what we call trifling expences, I am really culpable in my own opinion.

    The Offspring of Fancy Anonymous 1778

  • What you call trifling was the most fun Angela and them have had all year.

    Dreams From My Father Obama, Barack 1995

  • One incident, if never so trifling, is but a link more to chain us to our unchangeable fate.

    Ten Days in a Mad-House 1887

  • It has become to press and people an intolerable grievance, and, unfortunately, there has been no such realisation of the hopes entertained upon the coming of Mr. Stanton to office as to warrant him in trifling further with public endurance.

    Foreign and Colonial News 1862

  • When any article, however trifling, is lost and found by any one, it is immediately handed to the Chief, who invariably restores it to the right owner.

    Life in the Rocky Mountains 1844

  • No boy of sound sense, and of a strong mind, will need to be governed by such motives: he will find a pleasure in that daily round of business, which, to the sluggish or trifling, is all toil; and those difficulties which discourage and disgust the idle, do but stimulate the diligent to greater efforts.

    Memoirs, Correspondence and Poetical Remains of Jane Taylor 1832

  • Every new acquirement, however trifling, is an additional resource against poverty and depression of spirits.

    The Mother's Book 1831

  • Were but men's consciences awakened with a due concern about their everlasting state, and did they consider how little time they have to spend, and none to spare, they would not waste precious thoughts and time in trifling cavils.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John) 1721


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