unimportant, trifling, or petty: Omit the insignificant details.
too small to be important: an insignificant sum.
of no consequence, influence, or distinction: a minor, insignificant bureaucrat.
without weight of character; contemptible: an insignificant fellow.
without meaning; meaningless: insignificant sounds.


a word, thing, or person without significance.

Origin of insignificant

First recorded in 1620–30; in-3 + significant
Related formsin·sig·nif·i·cant·ly, adverb

Synonyms for insignificant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for insignificant

Contemporary Examples of insignificant

Historical Examples of insignificant

  • All precepts, all religions, are insignificant agencies by their side.

  • That Mlle. Bernhardt should be insignificant does not much matter.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • If any man call these things foolishness, his judgement is to me insignificant.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • What is my insignificant life, when weighed against the happiness of Arvon?


    William Godwin

  • No matter how slight or insignificant your eye trouble may seem.

British Dictionary definitions for insignificant



having little or no importance; trifling
almost or relatively meaningless
small or inadequatean insignificant wage
not distinctive in character, etc
Derived Formsinsignificance or insignificancy, nouninsignificantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insignificant

1650s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + significant. Related: Insignificantly.

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