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trifling

[ trahy-fling ]
/ ˈtraɪ flɪŋ /
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adjective

of very little importance; trivial; insignificant: a trifling matter.
of small value, cost, or amount: a trifling sum.
frivolous; shallow; light: trifling conversation.
mean; worthless.

noun

idle or frivolous conduct, talk, etc.
foolish delay or waste of time.

RELATED WORDS

idling, petty, dinky, slight, shallow, niggling, hollow, piddling, idle, silly, small, minuscule, empty, loitering, banal, frivolous, inane, inconsequential, insipid, jejune

Nearby words

trifecta, triffid, trifid, trifid foot, trifle, trifling, triflingly, trifluoperazine, trifluoride, trifluorochloromethane, trifluralin

Origin of trifling

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at trifle, -ing2, -ing1
SYNONYMS FOR trifling
2 negligible, piddling.
Related formstri·fling·ly, adverbtri·fling·ness, nounun·tri·fling, adjectiveun·tri·fling·ly, adverb

Definition for trifling (2 of 2)

trifle

[ trahy-fuhl ]
/ ˈtraɪ fəl /

noun

verb (used without object), tri·fled, tri·fling.

verb (used with object), tri·fled, tri·fling.

to pass or spend (time) idly or frivolously (usually followed by away).

Origin of trifle

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English tru(f)fle idle talk, deceit < Old French, variant of truf(f)e mockery, deceit; (v.) Middle English treoflen to mock < Old French trufler to make sport of
Related formstri·fler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for trifling (1 of 2)

trifling

/ (ˈtraɪflɪŋ) /

adjective

insignificant or petty
frivolous or idle
Derived Formstriflingly, adverbtriflingness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for trifling (2 of 2)

trifle

/ (ˈtraɪfəl) /

noun

verb

(intr usually foll by with) to deal (with) as if worthless; dallyto trifle with a person's affections
to waste (time) frivolously
Derived Formstrifler, noun

Word Origin for trifle

C13: from Old French trufle mockery, from trufler to cheat
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