TRIFLINGNESS

trifling

[trahy-fling]
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; Middle English; see trifle, -ing2, -ing1

triflingly, adverb
triflingness, noun
untrifling, adjective
untriflingly, adverb


1. unimportant, slight, inconsequential. See petty. 2. negligible, piddling.


1. important.
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trifling (ˈtraɪflɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  insignificant or petty
2.  frivolous or idle
 
'triflingly
 
adv
 
'triflingness
 
n

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trifle
early 13c., trufle "false or idle tale," later "matter of little importance" (late 13c.), from O.Fr. trufle "mockery," dim. of truffe "deception," of uncertain origin. The verb, in the sense of "treat lightly," is first attested 1520s.
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