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.
What's the point of tacking on some trifling symbolic punishment to their deep anguish?
You have not, you say, the poor power of obtaining the most trifling favour for yourself.
Things as trifling as the turning of a shell may restore you to your rights.
But the lady gave him to understand that he must pay no attention to this trifling freak of nature.
When you return, you will find a trifling token of remembrance for yourself and Philothea.
He might hit, and still only woundwound in some trifling way which would not prevent further flight.
"You are trifling, Smithson," the owner of the store exclaimed, in high exasperation.
It is more abundant in this form than as ammonia; but still, compared with the organic nitrogen, its amount is trifling.
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.