- trifid foot,
Origin of trifling
verb (used without object), tri·fled, tri·fling.
verb (used with object), tri·fled, tri·fling.
Origin of trifle
Examples from the Web for trifling
What's the point of tacking on some trifling symbolic punishment to their deep anguish?
The Flagstaff fire, though a trifling 300 acres, threatened Boulder and activated a top-level fire team.Colorado Blazes Remind Us That National Policy on Fire Needs a Fix|Stephen J. Pyne|June 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Around the globe, people are barely coping, politicians are ignoring them, and the media are trifling with them.Leslie H. Gelb on a World in Crisis—and What Obama Should Do|Leslie H. Gelb|December 14, 2011|DAILY BEAST
While we are in this place, where Iyyasŭ's name is so important, let me cite a trifling anecdote.An Artist's Letters From Japan|John La Farge
With the weight of a world on His arm, was He to have His hands free for such a trifling attention as this?
The most trifling incident of those happy days delight me, for no other reason than being of those days.The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete|Jean Jacques Rousseau
He himself asserts early contacts, and thinks their influence upon Greece but trifling.Problems in Greek history|John Pentland Mahaffy
The Indian Government affected to treat this new Punjaub war as a trifling revolt.Sir Charles Napier|Sir William Francis Butler
Word Origin for trifle
early 13c., trufle "false or idle tale," later "matter of little importance" (late 13c.), from Old French trufle "mockery," diminutive of truffe "deception," of uncertain origin.
"treat lightly," 1520s, from trifle (n.). Related: Trifled; trifling.