Definition of trifling in English:

trifling

adjective

  • Unimportant or trivial.

    ‘a trifling sum’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What seems to many a trifling matter of wording could have profound consequences.’
    • ‘With escalating club fees, trifling base salaries and percentages taken off credit card payments, that is an interesting question indeed.’
    • ‘The leading pair brushed off one another going around the turn but it was only a trifling matter.’
    • ‘Let me denounce this piffling, trifling, self-satisfied world; these horse-hair seats; these coloured photographs of piers and parades.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was something trifling; in fact, I didn't even remember what triggered it.’
    • ‘As a general rule an injunction will be refused only where the interference with the claimant's right is trifling or slight.’
    • ‘For those of a certain tribal cast of Irish-Australian mind, such questions of geography and chronology are trifling.’
    • ‘Set against estimates of the infrastructure needed to sustain GDP growth at about 8 per cent, the sum is trifling.’
    • ‘Yet if the results of ‘public consultations’ are trifling, the effect on our political culture is insidious.’
    • ‘You might think that these are mere trifling matters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Divorce proceedings also require full disclosure of all the financial affairs of both parties, no matter how trifling they may seem.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To found a national character has never been a trifling matter.’
    • ‘Why does this sort of trifling semantic difference matter?’
    • ‘The moral: trifling liaisons can become serious finance issues.’
    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/