Definition of a trifle in English:

a trifle

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  • A little; somewhat.

    ‘his methods are a trifle eccentric’
    • ‘These gadgets, though a trifle expensive at first, brought the theatre sound right into the living room, to the great delight of those who could afford the powerful systems.’
    • ‘As the number has swelled, the attention that tourism has got from the Government and the big business houses has made the small and medium entrepreneurs a trifle uneasy.’
    • ‘This commentary is a trifle self-indulgent, actually.’
    • ‘Now, you may think this game sounds a trifle sad.’
    • ‘Yet voice-over is always a trifle distancing, and particularly so when the language of the 1770s sounds so archaic to our ears today.’
    • ‘The trip was made a trifle bit easy for him since he was accompanying his parents to various areas, where all three worked in their respective area.’
    • ‘But afterwards, the fields seemed a bit larger, the houses a trifle more substantial, the roads wider.’
    • ‘Perhaps it would be a trifle rash to suggest that Australian sport has gone into terminal decline.’
    • ‘Granted they both worked in a steam laundry in West Texas in the summer but the fact that they kept our house at a chilly 65 degrees now strikes me as a trifle extreme.’
    • ‘But I know the chances of being able to actually go somewhere are a trifle slim, seeing as I've left it a bit late and all…’
    a little, a bit, somewhat, a touch, a spot, a mite, a whit
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