something of small importance; or a small quantity
Don’t waste my time with trifling matters.
We all agree with the goal, but how to achieve it is not a trifling matter.
...for as Father says, trifles show character.
Louisa May Alcott -- Little Women
and happened to raise her skirt a trifle too high above her ankles
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The House of the Seven Gables
But my soul took a wild interest in trifles, and I busied myself in endeavors to account for the error I had committed in my measurement.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Pit and the Pendulum
Pooh!—those were trifles.
Henrik Ibsen -- A Doll’s House
She prizes not such trifles as these are:
William Shakespeare -- The Winter’s Tale
She wondered why he, who did not usually trouble over trifles, made such a mountain of this molehill.
D.H. Lawrence -- Sons and Lovers
argued about trifles
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Tell-Tale Heart
The moon rose in the sky as Montag walked, his lips moving just a trifle.
Ray Bradbury -- Fahrenheit 451
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But by and by the thing dragged through, and everything was sold —everything but a little old trifling lot in the graveyard.
Mark Twain -- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Oh, it is a matter of no importance; but I don’t know why you should be so warm over such a trifle.
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
At the gate the servant opened the door a trifle and looked out at the waiting people.
John Steinbeck -- The Pearl
...at a point where the Mississippi River was a trifle over a mile wide,
Mark Twain -- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Merely a trifle!
C.S. Lewis -- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
"Yes, certainly, I know that," said the doctor, a trifle sharply.
Robert Louis Stevenson -- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
...and that’s no trifle to say.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- Young Goodman Brown
Not just a trifle evil. Monstrously evil.
John Gardner -- Grendel
The door stood a trifle ajar.
Mark Twain -- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
I dare say you two thought I was a trifle tipsy last night, but I do assure you it was - well, most of it was - put on.
C.S. Lewis -- The Silver Chair
...hoping to make them a LITTLE ashamed of fighting for such a trifle.
Lewis Carroll -- Through the Looking-Glass
You should never fret about trifles.
Jane Austen -- Northanger Abbey
I had learned, too, the very remarkable fact, that the stem of the Usher race, all time-honored as it was, had put forth, at no period, any enduring branch; in other words, that the entire family lay in the direct line of descent, and had always, with very trifling and very temporary variation, so lain.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Fall of the House of Usher
a trifle more than nothing.
Thomas Hardy -- Far from the Madding Crowd
Wilson showed a trifle of irritation when he replied...
Mark Twain -- Pudd’nhead Wilson
a trifle dizzy
J.D. Salinger -- Franny and Zooey
GEORGE (A trifle abstracted): Oh, I’ve had it awhile.
Edward Albee -- Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
For every trifle are they set upon me:
William Shakespeare -- The Tempest
"Those girls are trifling," DeNice said.
Rainbow Rowell -- Eleanor & Park
Her life was indeed serious, her desires were serious, and I could understand why she didn’t want to mess around with some trifling bimbo who was experimenting with lesbianism just to entertain herself in prison.
Piper Kerman -- Orange Is the New Black
The big male seemed a trifle bored; but the female’s gaze was fixed on me with what I took to be an expression of unabashed and even prurient curiosity.
Farley Mowat -- Never Cry Wolf
Over a handful of fluffy white kernels William relaxed a trifle.
Elizabeth George Speare -- The Witch of Blackbird Pond
The woman who emerged was a trifle thinner, a great deal wiser, an ocean sadder.
William Goldman -- The Princess Bride
Gooseberry tarts and currant bread and cream trifle and plum pudding and chocolate bonbons and spice cake—all dribbled over with butter rum sauce and apricot sauce and peppermint sauce.
Gail Carson Levine -- Ella Enchanted
Not even the warning words in that day’s Chicago Tribune drew much attention: "For days past alarm has followed alarm, but the comparatively trifling losses have familiarized us to the pealing of the Courthouse bell, and we [have] forgotten that the absence of rain for three weeks [has] left everything in so dry and inflammable a condition that a spark might set a fire which would sweep from end to end of the city."
Jim Murphy -- The Great Fire
The third bedroom was a trifle small, but it would do just fine for Turtle.
Ellen Raskin -- The Westing Game
I asked, a trifle intimidated at the show of power.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
On Washington’s Birthday in 1862, a captain in the 5th Alabama Infantry wrote to his mother: "How trifling were the wrongs complained of by our Revolutionary forefathers, in comparison with ours!
James M. McPherson -- What They Fought For - 1861-1865
Although, as I said, I was without real fear in my plight, I could not help feeling a trifle insecure, especially since the prospects of getting another job were next to zero.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
Frank smiled, but looked a trifle uneasy, as he often did about my less delicate war stories.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
He said, "You tell Mr Perks it’s a pleasure to make a little trifle for a man as is so much respected," and then he said he wished he could shoe your children and his own children, like they do the horses, because, well, he knew what shoe leather was.
Edith Nesbit -- The Railway Children
PROCTOR, a trifle unsteadily: I—am sure I do, sir.
Arthur Miller -- The Crucible
Since then we have learned better than to be shy about such trifling immodesties.
Erich Maria Remarque -- All Quiet on the Western Front
It all just too trifling and confuse.
Alice Walker -- The Color Purple
He said that the POWs had complained of "trifle things" and had used epithets to refer to the Japanese.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Unbroken
Nay, gentlemen, prepare not to be gone; We have a trifling foolish banquet towards.
William Shakespeare -- Romeo and Juliet
Nothing is too small or too trifling to undergo this change, and acquire dignity thereby.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
I don’t know why such a trifle should come before, then said one elder to another.
Chinua Achebe -- Things Fall Apart
What is the use of troubling Mr. Holmes with trifles of this kind?
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Hound of the Baskervilles
All of these were sinister incidents; but they were trifles compared to what Jurgis saw with his own eyes before long.