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trifling

[trahy-fling] /ˈtraɪ flɪŋ/
adjective
1.
of very little importance; trivial; insignificant:
a trifling matter.
2.
of small value, cost, or amount:
a trifling sum.
3.
frivolous; shallow; light:
trifling conversation.
4.
mean; worthless.
noun
5.
idle or frivolous conduct, talk, etc.
6.
foolish delay or waste of time.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see trifle, -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
triflingly, adverb
triflingness, noun
untrifling, adjective
untriflingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. unimportant, slight, inconsequential. See petty. 2. negligible, piddling.
Antonyms
1. important.

trifle

[trahy-fuh l] /ˈtraɪ fəl/
noun
1.
an article or thing of very little value.
2.
a matter, affair, or circumstance of trivial importance or significance.
3.
a small, inconsiderable, or trifling sum of money.
4.
a small quantity or amount of anything; a little:
She's still a trifle angry.
5.
a literary, musical, or artistic work of a light or trivial character having no great or lasting merit; bagatelle.
6.
a kind of pewter of medium hardness.
7.
trifles, articles made of this.
8.
English Cookery. a dessert usually consisting of custard and cake soaked in wine or liqueur, and jam, fruit, or the like.
verb (used without object), trifled, trifling.
9.
to deal lightly or without due seriousness or respect:
Don't trifle with me!
10.
to play or toy by handling or fingering:
He sat trifling with a pen.
11.
to act or talk in an idle or frivolous way.
12.
to pass time idly or frivolously; waste time; idle.
verb (used with object), trifled, trifling.
13.
to pass or spend (time) idly or frivolously (usually followed by away).
Origin
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
trifler, noun
Synonyms
1. bauble, toy. 13. fritter.
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Examples for trifling
  • These are not trifling or insignificant considerations.
  • The limit is set not by physics, but by trifling engineering problems such as material strength and permeability.
  • Five hundred years later, surgical delivery seems as trifling as tooth extraction.
  • Etiquette must, if it is to be of more than trifling use, include ethics as well as manners.
  • Yet the difference in age was trifling, and in education slight.
  • The supply of lava rock seems endless, labor costs are trifling, and work takes place around the clock.
  • Many projects will not yield more than a trifling discovery.
  • In that day the totality of government's intelligence resources was trifling.
  • He should be warned that some of the questions referred to his attention will be trifling.
  • There was no trifling with matters of good principle.
British Dictionary definitions for trifling

trifling

/ˈtraɪflɪŋ/
adjective
1.
insignificant or petty
2.
frivolous or idle
Derived Forms
triflingly, adverb
triflingness, noun

trifle

/ˈtraɪfəl/
noun
1.
a thing of little or no value or significance
2.
a small amount; bit a trifle more enthusiasm
3.
(Brit) a cold dessert made with sponge cake spread with jam or fruit, soaked in wine or sherry, covered with a custard sauce and cream, and decorated
4.
a type of pewter of medium hardness
5.
articles made from this pewter
verb
6.
(intransitive) usually foll by with. to deal (with) as if worthless; dally to trifle with a person's affections
7.
to waste (time) frivolously
Derived Forms
trifler, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French trufle mockery, from trufler to cheat
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Word Origin and History for trifling

trifle

n.

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.

v.

"treat lightly," 1520s, from trifle (n.). Related: Trifled; trifling.

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