• WordNet 3.6
    • adj trifling not worth considering "he considered the prize too paltry for the lives it must cost","piffling efforts","a trifling matter"
    • n trifling the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Trifling Being of small value or importance; trivial; paltry; as, a trifling debt; a trifling affair.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trifling The act or conduct of one who trifles, in any sense.
    • trifling Inclined to trifle; lacking depth or earnestness; shallow; frivolous; idle; vain.
    • trifling Trivial; unimportant; insignificant; slight; small.
    • trifling Good-for-nothing; worthless; mean.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Trifling of small value or importance: trivial
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  • Dwight L. Moody
    “Never think that Jesus commanded a trifle, nor dare to trifle with anything He has commanded.”
  • Titus Livy
    Titus Livy
    “Events of great consequence often spring from trifling circumstances.”
  • Michelangelo
    “Trifles make perfection, but perfection is no trifle.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “It is in the treatment of trifles that a person shows what they are.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Men are lead by trifles.”
  • Thomas Adams
    Thomas Adams
    “Passion costs me too much to bestow it on every trifle.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. trufle, dim. of truffe, a gibe, also a truffle.


In literature:

The victory of the English had cost them a relatively trifling loss.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
He moved a trifle uneasily in his chair.
"Vagabondia" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
One was a trifle shorter than Beverly and plump as a woodcock.
"A Dixie School Girl" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
In parlance, trifling or flimsy.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
He's got a chance now, and will be sending his mother a trifle presently.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
Flossy had come down a trifle late, looking pale and somewhat sober, and was rallied by Kitty as to the cause.
"The Chautauqua Girls At Home" by Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden
You are putting it a trifle too strong, Hester.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
Hetty coloured a trifle, but she smiled.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
She shook out her damp skirts, then raised her face, which had grown a trifle pale.
"A Young Man in a Hurry" by Robert W. Chambers
Why always bother with such trifles?
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond

In poetry:

THIS change of favourites the princess grieved;
That Cupid trifled with her she perceived;
With much regret she saw her blooming charms,
The Helen of too many Paris' arms.
"The Princess Betrothed To The King Of Garba" by Jean de La Fontaine
‘God give her strength!—and a peaceful reign—
‘Though she flies in a bit av a passion
‘If ony wan hints that her shtoyle an’ luks
‘Are a trifle behind the fashion.
"A Little Mistake" by Henry Lawson
And must I then, at Friendship's call,
Calmly resign the little all
(Trifling, I grant, it is and small)
I have of gladness,
And lend my being to the thrall
Of gloom and sadness?
"A Valentine" by Lewis Carroll
Why first about this trifle?--I behold
An eye in tears, which 'tis far more important
To me to dry. My Recha thou hast wept,
What hast thou lost? Thou art still, I trust, my daughter.
"Nathan The Wise - Act V" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
LIKE thee I once have stemm'd the sea of life,
Like thee have languish'd after empty joys,
Like thee have labour'd in the stormy strife,
Been grieved for trifles, and amused with toys.
"An Epitaph" by James Beattie
"O Prins, so brave and stout,
I stand before your gate;
Pray send a trifle hout
To me, your pore old Vait;
For nothink could be vuss than it's been along vith us
In this year Forty-eight."
"The Three Christmas Waits" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Without actress Trista Wyly, the new show at the Pocket Sandwich Theatre would be just another ho-hum, pleasant little trifle.
Well then, stand back when you put this one out 'cause everyone is sure to come running for a taste of this sinfully rich Candy Bar Brownie Trifle.
TO bona-fide gastronomes, summer is a trifling season of abstention, a three-month menu of cold thin soups, heaping platters of cellulose, carbonized steaks and flossy fruit desserts.
Disney Wine Fest's Pumpkin Trifle .
Get the Breakfast Trifle recipe.
Trifle with the government.
Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Waffle Trifle .
Learn how to make an easy dessert trifle in this video from EVERY DAY WITH RACHAEL RAY magazine, plus get tricks and tips on trifle variations.
Watch How to Make a Trifle in the Rachael Ray Video. Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle .
Triple Chocolate Trifle With Raspberries.
While just one trifle won't feed my extended family, trifles are so easy to put together that I can prepare two in less than 30 minutes.
In a glass trifle dish layer pumpkin cake, cheesecake and caramel sauce until bowl is filled.
Such threats are no trifling matter.
Disney Wine Fest's Pumpkin Trifle.