trifling

adjective tri·fling \ ˈtrī-f(ə-)liŋ \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of trifling

: lacking in significance or solid worth: such as
a : frivolous
  • trifling talk
b : trivial
  • a trifling gift
c chiefly dialectal : lazy, shiftless
  • a trifling fellow

Examples of trifling in a Sentence

  1. a trifling sum of money

  2. deciding what you want to do for a living is no trifling matter

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First Known Use of trifling

1535

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TRIFLING Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of trifling for English Language Learners

  • : having little value or importance


TRIFLING Defined for Kids

trifling

adjective tri·fling \ ˈtrī-fliŋ \

Definition of trifling for Students

1 : not serious : frivolous
  • He worries about trifling details.
2 : of little value
  • We paid a trifling amount.


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