- 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)
- 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 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.
- But these figures are trifling compared with those at the end of the middle ages.
- Genius is not a retainer to any emperor, nor is its material silver, or gold, or marble, except to a trifling extent.
- There have been since that time some trifling outbreaks on the part of agitators allied with the extreme republican element, but at no time was the security of the government in danger.