- The definition of trifling is of little importance or worth.
An example of trifling used as an adjective is a trifling gift card which means a gift card on which all the value has already been spent.
- that trifles; frivolous; shallow; fickle
- having little value or importance; trivial
- Of little worth or importance. See Synonyms at trivial.
- Frivolous or foolish: “Mr. Knightly &ellipsis; is not a trifling, silly young man” (Jane Austen).
(comparative more trifling, superlative most trifling)
Variant of trifle
- something of little value or importance; trivial thing, idea, etc.; paltry matter
- a small amount of money
- a small amount or degree; bit
- esp. in England, a dessert consisting of spongecake soaked in wine, spread with jam, and covered with custard, whipped cream, etc.
- a kind of pewter of medium hardness
- utensils made of this
Origin of trifleMiddle English ; from Old French trufle, mockery, diminutive of truffe, deception
intransitive verbtrifled, trifling
- to talk or act jokingly, mockingly, etc.; deal lightly: not a person to trifle with
- to play or toy (with something)
- to play fast and loose (with a person's affections); dally