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trifle

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2 meanings
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1  —as in:
a trifling matter
Definition something of small importance; or a small quantity
  • We all agree with the goal, but how to achieve it is not a trifling matter.
trifling = small (of little importance)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Don't waste my time with trifling matters.
  • trifling = unimportant
  • and happened to raise her skirt a trifle too high above her ankles
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • trifle = little (a small amount)
  • ...for as Father says, trifles show character.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • trifles = small unimportant things
  • PROCTOR, a trifle unsteadily: I—am sure I do, sir.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • trifle = little
  • Over a handful of fluffy white kernels William relaxed a trifle.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • trifle = little
  • She is a trifle stouter, and her cheeks are a lovely rose-pink.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • trifle = little
  • Nothing is too small or too trifling to undergo this change, and acquire dignity thereby.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • trifling = of small importance
  • No beggars implored him to bestow a trifle, no children asked him what it was o'clock, no man or woman ever once in all his life inquired the way to such and such a place, of Scrooge.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • trifle = small amount
  • If tenderness could be ever supposed wanting, good sense and good breeding supplied its place; and as to the little irritations sometimes introduced by aunt Norris, they were short, they were trifling, they were as a drop of water to the ocean, compared with the ceaseless tumult of her present abode.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
trifling = unimportant

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2  —as in:
trifle with her affections
Definition to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
  • She is not a woman to trifle with or ignore.
trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The European Parliament refuses to be trifled with.
  • trifled with = treated without respect
  • ...she was not to be trifled with.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • trifled with = treated thoughtlessly or without respect
  • ...asked Phoebe, with impatient surprise that Holgrave should so trifle with her at such a moment.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
  • But a Judge may not trifle with the Law because the society is defective.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
  • "Miss Bennet," replied her ladyship, in an angry tone, "you ought to know, that I am not to be trifled with.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • As someone who could make them famous among their peers, I was no longer a person to be trifled with.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • trifled with = treated thoughtlessly or without respect
  • A mockery, indeed, but in which his soul trifled with itself!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • trifled with = treated thoughtlessly
  • ...people who were not to be trifled with;
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • trifled with = treated thoughtlessly
  • To my surprise, Van Helsing rose up and said with all his sternness, his iron jaw set and his bushy eyebrows meeting, "No trifling with me!"
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
trifling with = treating without respect

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Less commonly:
Much more rarely, in classic literature, trifling can mean "treating somebody or something without respect," or can be a synonym for small talk.
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