Definition of trifling in US English:

trifling

adjective

  • Unimportant or trivial.

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

/ˈtraɪf(ə)lɪŋ//ˈtrīf(ə)liNG/