trifler

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n trifler one who behaves lightly or not seriously
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Trifler One who trifles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trifler One who trifles; especially, a shallow, light-minded, or flippant person; an idler.
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Usage

In literature:

Such often, like the tube they so admire, Important triflers!
"The Social History of Smoking" by G. L. Apperson
Even now no Jew in fiction is ever a weakling or a trifler.
"Platform Monologues" by T. G. Tucker
And I intended to land that stab so's they'd see I was no trifler.
"Red Saunders' Pets and Other Critters" by Henry Wallace Phillips
Herr Keller did not want to be bothered with triflers.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
He would see her then merely as a trifler.
"The Triflers" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Rose is not worth half of Marie, and I do not see how I shall ever get the trifler trained to take Marie's place.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
If doing small things well be trifling, then the French are triflers.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, May 1844" by Various
Trifler, idler, Cheat, drunkard, whoremaster, and prodigal.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
The trifler can scarcely amuse you for an evening.
"The Young Man's Guide" by William A. Alcott
Such extreme and manifest sensitiveness provokes the trifler to fresh follies.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
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In poetry:

Giddy trifler of an hour!
Days to thee are all the same,
Little care hast thou to count them,
Mindful only of thy game.
"On Seeing Some Butterflies In A Clover Field On The Sabbath" by Caroline Fry
For what is Hope, if Memory gives
No aid, nor points her course aright?
She then a useless trifler lives,
And spends her strength in idle flight.
"Hope And Memory" by Joanna Baillie
And speak with some respect of beaus;
No more, as triflers, treat them;
'Tis better learn to save one's clothes,
Than cherish moths that eat them.
"To the Virtuosi" by William Shenstone
Telephus? Oh, tush! Pass him up completely!
Telly's such a swell; Telly doesn't love you;
Telly is a trifler; Telly's running round with
Some other fairy.
"R.S.V.P." by Franklin Pierce Adams
These are emotions known to few;
For where at most a vapoury dew
Surrounds the tranquil heart,
Then as the triflers never prove
The glad excess of real love,
They never prove the smart.
"See Where The Thames, The Purest Stream" by William Cowper
The few I want I can invite;
Hence why should others thus intrude?
How dare they give themselves the right,
Unasked, to spoil my solitude?
And why presume I care to know
More triflers in their world of show?
"My Bores" by John Lawson Stoddard