trifling

[ trahy-fling ]
/ ˈtraɪ flɪŋ /

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.

Origin of trifling

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at trifle, -ing2, -ing1

Related forms

tri·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 forms

tri·fler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for trifling (1 of 2)

trifling

/ (ˈtraɪflɪŋ) /

adjective

insignificant or petty
frivolous or idle

Derived Forms

triflingly, 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 Forms

trifler, noun

Word Origin for trifle

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