Definition of trifling in English:



  • Unimportant or trivial.

    ‘a trifling sum’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You might think that these are mere trifling matters.’
    • ‘The telescope makes claims for the internet look trifling.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Divorce proceedings also require full disclosure of all the financial affairs of both parties, no matter how trifling they may seem.’
    • ‘Yet if the results of ‘public consultations’ are trifling, the effect on our political culture is insidious.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was something trifling; in fact, I didn't even remember what triggered it.’
    • ‘Why does this sort of trifling semantic difference matter?’
    • ‘The leading pair brushed off one another going around the turn but it was only a trifling matter.’
    • ‘The moral: trifling liaisons can become serious finance issues.’
    • ‘As a general rule an injunction will be refused only where the interference with the claimant's right is trifling or slight.’
    • ‘To found a national character has never been a trifling matter.’
    • ‘What seems to many a trifling matter of wording could have profound consequences.’
    • ‘Let me denounce this piffling, trifling, self-satisfied world; these horse-hair seats; these coloured photographs of piers and parades.’
    • ‘Set against estimates of the infrastructure needed to sustain GDP growth at about 8 per cent, the sum is trifling.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For those of a certain tribal cast of Irish-Australian mind, such questions of geography and chronology are trifling.’
    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
    frivolous, silly, idle, superficial
    small, tiny, inconsiderable, nominal, negligible, nugatory, minute, minuscule
    paltry, derisory, pitiful, pathetic, miserable
    piffling, piddling, measly, mingy
    picayune, nickel-and-dime, small-bore, dinky
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