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[ trahy-fling ]


  1. of very little importance; trivial; insignificant:

    a trifling matter.

    Synonyms: unimportant, inconsequential, slight

    Antonyms: important

  2. of small value, cost, or amount:

    a trifling sum.

    Synonyms: piddling, negligible

  3. frivolous; shallow; light:

    trifling conversation.

  4. mean; worthless.


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


/ ˈtraɪflɪŋ /


  1. insignificant or petty
  2. frivolous or idle

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Derived Forms

  • ˈtriflingly, adverb
  • ˈtriflingness, noun

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Other Words From

  • trifling·ly adverb
  • trifling·ness noun
  • un·trifling adjective
  • un·trifling·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of trifling1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English; trifle, -ing 2, -ing 1

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Synonym Study

See petty.

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Example Sentences

Others are afraid to lose staff, not a trifling concern considering that frontline workers in the retail and service industries had been leaving jobs at record rates this spring—and lower-income Americans are also most likely to be vaccine-hesitant.

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Revamping thousands of miles of highway with high-tech charging equipment is obviously no trifling matter, though, and so far progress has been slow.

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.

Around the globe, people are barely coping, politicians are ignoring them, and the media are trifling with them.

I follow F. mainly, and note all but very trifling variations from it.

Then, in heaven's name, do not put such a noble creature as Doa Inez on a level with a mere little trifling coquette.

But all these inconveniences are comparatively trifling; the greatest amount of annoyance begins towards the end of the voyage.

The Violin is an instrument which, though small and of trifling original cost, has yet commanded most extraordinary prices.

He was occupied with one trifling account for half the day, and did not finish it at last.