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?
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.