trifling

triflingly, adv.triflingness, n.
/truy"fling/, adj.
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.
n.
5. idle or frivolous conduct, talk, etc.
6. foolish delay or waste of time.
[1350-1400; ME; see TRIFLE, -ING2, -ING1]
Syn. 1. unimportant, slight, inconsequential. See petty. 2. negligible, piddling.
Ant. 1. important.

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  • Trifling — Tri fling, a. Being of small value or importance; trivial; paltry; as, a trifling debt; a trifling affair. {Tri fling*ly}, adv. {Tri fling*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trifling — index collateral (immaterial), de minimus, expendable, frivolous, inappreciable, inconsequential, inconsiderable …   Law dictionary

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  • trifling — [adj] insignificant, worthless banal, dinky*, empty, forget it*, frivolous, hollow, idle, idling, inane, inconsequential, inconsiderable, insipid, jejune, loitering, measly, minuscule, negligible, niggling*, no big deal*, no big thing*, nugatory …   New thesaurus

  • trifling — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unimportant or trivial. DERIVATIVES triflingly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • trifling — [trī′fliŋ] adj. 1. that trifles; frivolous; shallow; fickle 2. having little value or importance; trivial triflingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • trifling — Verb: Making play of another s affections. Adjective: Trivial. Paltry. Of little value; of little moment. Under the rule that an injunction will be denied where the injury complained of is of a trifling character which may be readily compensated… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • trifling — [[t]tra͟ɪfəlɪŋ[/t]] ADJ GRADED: oft a ADJ amount A trifling matter is small and unimportant. The guests had each paid ₤250, no trifling sum... Outside California these difficulties may seem fairly trifling. ...a comparatively trifling 360 yards.… …   English dictionary

  • trifling — adjective Date: 1535 lacking in significance or solid worth: as a. frivolous < trifling talk > b. trivial < a trifling gift > c. chiefly dialect lazy, shiftless < a trifling fellow > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • trifling — tri|fling [ˈtraıflıŋ] adj unimportant or of little value ▪ a trifling sum ▪ matters of trifling importance …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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