trifling

If something is trifling it's really unimportant, of no consequence — "a trifling detail."

Everything is relative, of course, and what might appear trifling to one person may take on deep importance for another. Clues are classically trifling things. As Sherlock Holmes explains to Dr. Watson when faced with a seemingly minor detail: "It is, of course, a trifle, but there is nothing so important as trifles."

Primary Meanings of trifling

1.
adj
not worth considering
2.
n
the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working
Full Definitions of trifling
1

adj not worth considering

“a trifling matter”
Synonyms:
negligible, paltry
worthless
lacking in usefulness or value
2

n the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working

Synonyms:
dalliance, dawdling
Type of:
delay, holdup
the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time

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