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Details, considerations, or pieces of information of little importance or value.‘we fill our days with meaningless trivia’
details, petty details, minutiae, niceties, technicalities, trivialities, trifles, irrelevancies, non-essentialsView synonyms
- ‘This book abounds in detailed memories and fascinating trivia of this sort.’
- ‘Chattering about tabloid trivia or television celebrity shows, he can barely conceal his lack of interest.’
- ‘Off the pitch he is renowned as a sporting trivia expert with a remarkably wide range of knowledge.’
- ‘We demand information, both essential facts and trivia, about whatever we eat and drink.’
- ‘As a result of talking to no one of any importance, they fell into the trap that so many in the media do of becoming obsessed with spin and trivia.’
- ‘The contents are more or less similar to ordinary diaries in that they both record daily trivia.’
- ‘I was dragged up on stage and forced to take part in the trivia quiz!’
- ‘Having heard it repeated a few times, I now find it's one of those pieces of trivia that I simply know.’
- ‘Newspapers always mix the trivial with the important, for the very good reason that trivia can be entertaining.’
- ‘Nigel has provided a site which gives statistical information and many items of trivia about the club.’
- ‘Apart from a trip to the supermarket, we stayed home, catching up on trivia of course but, mostly, just resting.’
- ‘The Bank of England website contains a treasure trove of banknote trivia.’
- ‘I have a disturbing fascination with minutiae, general knowledge, pointless facts and other trivia.’
- ‘It was a testament to the public's thirst for trivia and anecdote.’
- ‘One night I happened to be there during the weekly trivia game hosted in the coffee shop.’
- ‘Weird bits of trivia detailing how much stuff we've lost and how weird some of it is, seem to have become perennial news items.’
- ‘Interesting trivia and movie minutia will grace your screen as you watch the film.’
- ‘The incredulity, thinking further back, at all the trivia through the last decade we got ourselves worked up over.’
- ‘It was a great concept, a book of trivia to help lift the drab, austere grey days of the mid fifties…’
- ‘It's a safe piece of trivia that no one expects but then it's pretty easy to remember.’
Early 20th century: from modern Latin, plural of trivium ‘place where three roads meet’, influenced in sense by trivial.
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