something of small importance; or a small quantity
a trifle more than nothing.
The unfastening was not such a trifling affair.
This trifling provokes, and—and—
To be long-headed enough for a baily’s place is a poor mere trifle—yet a trifle more than nothing.
"If you do care so much for a silly trifle of that kind, then, I don’t mind doing it," she uncertainly and doubtingly answered.
Nothing was heard in reply to the signal but the gurgle and cluck of one of these invisible wheels—together with a few small sounds which a sad man would have called moans, and a happy man laughter—caused by the flapping of the waters against trifling objects in other parts of the stream.
Here’s—wretched—the merest trifle.
Yet I would rather my trifle were hid; though, perhaps, a high nater is a little high, and at my birth all things were possible to my Maker, and he may have begrudged no gifts….
Oh, could I but have foreseen the torture that trifling trick was going to lead me into, how I should have cursed you; but only having been able to see it since, I cannot do that, for I love you too well!
Gabriel was almost blinded, and he could feel Bathsheba’s warm arm tremble in his hand—a sensation novel and thrilling enough; but love, life, everything human, seemed small and trifling in such close juxtaposition with an infuriated universe.
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He mostly makes a point of seeing me upon the most trifling errand.
Her voice was then a little clearer, and trifling colour returned to her face.
Troy’s face was very expressive, and any observer who had seen him now would hardly have believed him to be a man who had laughed, and sung, and poured love-trifles into a woman’s ear.
In the worst attacks of trouble there appears to be always a superficial film of consciousness which is left disengaged and open to the notice of trifles, and Bathsheba was faintly amused at the boy’s method, till he too passed on.
A runaway wife is an encumbrance to everybody, a burden to herself and a byword—all of which make up a heap of misery greater than any that comes by staying at home—though this may include the trifling items of insult, beating, and starvation.
"I will go on," he said; adding hesitatingly,—"Since you are not very well off, perhaps you would accept this trifle from me.
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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.