something of small importance; or a small quantity
"If you can cough any trifle on it up, Pip, I’d recommend you to do it," said Joe, all aghast.
Probably every new and eagerly expected garment ever put on since clothes came in, fell a trifle short of the wearer’s expectation.
These were agreeably dispersed among small specimens of china and glass, various neat trifles made by the proprietor of the museum, and some tobacco-stoppers carved by the Aged.
After a short pause of repose, Miss Skiffins—in the absence of the little servant who, it seemed, retired to the bosom of her family on Sunday afternoons—washed up the tea-things, in a trifling lady-like amateur manner that compromised none of us.
By some invisible agency, my guardian wound him up to a pitch little short of ferocity about this trifle; and he fell to baring and spanning his arm to show how muscular it was, and we all fell to baring and spanning our arms in a ridiculous manner.
Maybe I’m a growing a trifle old besides."
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Don’t waste my time with trifling matters.
We all agree with the goal, but how to achieve it is not a trifling matter.