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trifling -- as in: a trifling matter
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as in: a trifling matter Define
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

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  • 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
  • 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.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
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as in: trifle with her affections Define
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
as in: a trifling matter Define
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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