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Definitions for trifling
ˈtraɪ flɪŋtri·fling

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dalliance, dawdling, triflingadjective

    the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working

  2. negligible, paltry, triflingadjective

    not worth considering

    "he considered the prize too paltry for the lives it must cost"; "piffling efforts"; "a trifling matter"


  1. triflingadjective

    trivial, or of little importance

  2. triflingadjective

    idle or frivolous

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Triflingadjective

    Wanting worth; unimportant; wanting weight.

    Etymology: from trifle.

    To a soul supported with an assurance of the divine favour, the honours or afflictions of this life will be equally trifling and contemptible. John Rogers, Sermons.


  1. trifling

    Trifling generally refers to something that is considered insignificant, trivial, or of minor importance. It can also describe something or someone that is unimportant, frivolous, superficial, or has little value or worth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trifling

    of Trifle

  2. Triflingadjective

    being of small value or importance; trivial; paltry; as, a trifling debt; a trifling affair

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trifling in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trifling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of trifling in a Sentence

  1. Burke:

    Superstition is the religion of feeble minds; and they must be tolerated in an admixture of it in some trifling or enthusiastic shape or other; else you will deprive weak minds of a resource found necessary to the strongest.

  2. Mark Twain:

    There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.

  3. Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield:

    A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones.

  4. La Rochefoucauld:

    Those who give too much attention to trifling things become generally incapable of great things.

  5. Franklin Pierce:

    Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion.

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