Definition of trifling in English:

trifling

adjective

  • Unimportant or trivial.

    ‘a trifling sum’
    • ‘To found a national character has never been a trifling matter.’
    • ‘Why does this sort of trifling semantic difference matter?’
    • ‘And, what's even more galling, we've been told that the sum involved is comparatively trifling, a drop in the ocean of the department's annual budget of €41 billion.’
    • ‘Set against estimates of the infrastructure needed to sustain GDP growth at about 8 per cent, the sum is trifling.’
    • ‘For those of a certain tribal cast of Irish-Australian mind, such questions of geography and chronology are trifling.’
    • ‘With escalating club fees, trifling base salaries and percentages taken off credit card payments, that is an interesting question indeed.’
    • ‘Because of their lack of self esteem and self-confidence, says Lucy, many self-harmers tend to have very extreme emotional reactions to things which to many people would seem trifling.’
    • ‘Divorce proceedings also require full disclosure of all the financial affairs of both parties, no matter how trifling they may seem.’
    • ‘It was something trifling; in fact, I didn't even remember what triggered it.’
    • ‘Puccini was expert not only at describing the trifling matters of daily life, but also at using various melodies to expose the distinctive personality of each character.’
    • ‘The leading pair brushed off one another going around the turn but it was only a trifling matter.’
    • ‘When compared to the whole federal budget, the money spent on welfare is trifling, especially when you look at other, truly wasteful federal budget items.’
    • ‘The telescope makes claims for the internet look trifling.’
    • ‘You might think that these are mere trifling matters.’
    • ‘Let me denounce this piffling, trifling, self-satisfied world; these horse-hair seats; these coloured photographs of piers and parades.’
    • ‘What seems to many a trifling matter of wording could have profound consequences.’
    • ‘As a general rule an injunction will be refused only where the interference with the claimant's right is trifling or slight.’
    • ‘The moral: trifling liaisons can become serious finance issues.’
    • ‘But human rights are not trifling matters and the EU, if it is to remain true to its founding principles, must not gloss over such matters.’
    • ‘Yet if the results of ‘public consultations’ are trifling, the effect on our political culture is insidious.’
    trivial, unimportant, insignificant, inconsequential, petty, minor, of little account, of no account, of little consequence, of no consequence, not worth mentioning, not worth bothering about, light, footling, fiddling, pettifogging, incidental
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Pronunciation

trifling

/ˈtrʌɪflɪŋ/