Definition of A trifle

1. Adverb. To a small degree; somewhat. "A trifle smaller"

Exact synonyms: A Bit, A Little

Definition of A trifle

1. Adverb. A little. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of A Trifle

a quick drop and a sudden stop
a riddle wrapped up in an enigma
a rising tide lifts all boats
a rolling stone gathers no moss
a scholar and a gentleman
a small matter
a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
a sprat to catch a mackerel
a stitch in time saves nine
a stopped clock is right twice a day
a super lot
a thing or two
a thousand
a treat
a trifle (current term)
a trillion
a watched kettle never boils
a watched pot never boils
a week from next Tuesday
a whole 'nother
a whole nother
a wild goose never laid a tame egg
a zillion
aaa disease
aad wife

Literary usage of A trifle

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1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1858)
"It is however observable that, in our English idioms as above enumerated, “ song “ expresses not simply a trifle, a valueless article, but such an article ..."

2. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1910)
"The miserly official found a stone rising a trifle above sixty crowns, and let it be heard that it was worth upwards of two hundred. ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"... original pictures are eclectic in their composition and technique, correct in design, smooth in execution, but somewhat too sweet, and a trifle insipid. ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1872)
"In my cases, I am quite certain the incision extended but a trifle more than an inch below the tubercle, and, as is seen, the cicatrices remain in the ..."

5. Diary of the American Revolution: From Newspapers and Original Documents by Frank Moore (1860)
"... the whole of which the militia captured; it is a trifle, but it is a trifle that was very prettily done. ..."

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