- that trifles; frivolous; shallow; fickle
- having little value or importance; trivial
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.
- Of little worth or importance. See Synonyms at trivial.
- Frivolous or foolish: “Mr. Knightly … is not a trifling, silly young man” ( Jane Austen )
(comparative more trifling, superlative most trifling)
- Genius is not a retainer to any emperor, nor is its material silver, or gold, or marble, except to a trifling extent.
- The land in Scotland was now, with trifling exceptions, let on leases for terms varying from twenty to thirty years, and in farms of sufficient size to employ at the least two or three ploughs.
- The latter, making some trifling concessions, consented to present himself before Elizabeth.
- Upon this apparently trifling question arose a controversy which lasted many years, occupied several universities, and led to the interposition of personages no less important than the pope and the emperor, but which is thought to have largely contributed to the final downfall of the Arabian medicine.
- The want of a central government opelated injuriously, for it often happened that intricate negotiations and solemn treaties between several sovereign states were required before a line could be constructed; and, moreover, the course it was to take was often determined less by the general exigencies of commerce than by many trifling interests or desires of neighboring states.