trifling

adjective
tri·​fling | \ ˈtrī-f(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce trifling (audio) \

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

a trifling sum of money deciding what you want to do for a living is no trifling matter
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First Known Use of trifling

1535, in the meaning defined above

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“Trifling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trifling. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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trifling

adjective
tri·​fling | \ ˈtrī-fliŋ \

Kids Definition of trifling

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

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