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trifling Line breaks: trif¦ling
Pronunciation: /ˈtrʌɪflɪŋ/

Definition of trifling in English:


Unimportant or trivial: a trifling sum
More example sentences
  • Puccini was expert not only at describing the trifling matters of daily life, but also at using various melodies to expose the distinctive personality of each character.
  • Why does this sort of trifling semantic difference matter?
  • You might think that these are mere trifling matters.
trivial, unimportant, insignificant, inconsequential, petty, minor, of little/no account, of little/no consequence, not worth mentioning, not worth bothering about, light, footling, fiddling, pettifogging, incidental;
frivolous, silly, idle, superficial;
small, tiny, inconsiderable, nominal, negligible, nugatory, minute, minuscule;
paltry, derisory, pitiful, pathetic, miserable
British informalpoxy
North American informalpicayune, nickel-and-dime, small-bore, dinky



Pronunciation: /ˈtrʌɪflɪŋli/
Example sentences
  • There are still situations that require some triflingly complex code to pluralize certain nouns.
  • In contrast, an aircraft parked on a ramp has none of these characteristics and - compared with most other ground targets - is triflingly easy to destroy.
  • It also shows how triflingly small a compromise can appear to the world - that it is rarely a giant leap, but more often a series of small steps.

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