Definition of Trifling

1. Noun. The deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working.

Exact synonyms: Dalliance, Dawdling
Generic synonyms: Delay, Holdup
Derivative terms: Dally, Dawdle, Trifle



2. Adjective. Not worth considering. "A trifling matter"
Exact synonyms: Negligible, Paltry
Similar to: Worthless
Derivative terms: Paltriness

Definition of Trifling

1. a. Being of small value or importance; trivial; paltry; as, a trifling debt; a trifling affair.

Definition of Trifling

1. Adjective. trivial, or of little importance ¹

2. Adjective. idle or frivolous ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Trifling

1. a waste of time [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Trifling

trifistulary
triflate
triflates
triflation
triflavin
trifle away
trifle with
trifled
trifler
triflers
trifles
triflic
triflic acid
triflimide
trifling (current term)
triflingly
triflingness
triflings
triflorous
trifluctuation
trifluoperazine
trifluoperazine hydrochloride
trifluoperazines
trifluoracetic
trifluoramine
trifluoride
trifluorides
trifluoro
trifluoroacetate

Literary usage of Trifling

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1. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1849)
"OF trifling PROPOSITIONS. 1. Some propositions bring no increase to our knowledge. ... What is this more than trifling with words? ..."

2. The Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen (1905)
"he acted very wisely in leaving the girls to their own trifling amusements. Mrs. Bennet and her daughters apologised most civilly for Lydia's interruption, ..."

3. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Or, The Preservation of by Charles Darwin (1882)
"Natural Selection — its power compared with man's selection — its power on characters of trifling importance—its power at all ages and on both sexes ..."

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