a trifle

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a. Something of little importance or value.
b. A small amount; a jot.
2. A dessert typically consisting of plain or sponge cake soaked in sherry, rum, or brandy and topped with layers of jam or jelly, custard, and whipped cream.
a. A moderately hard variety of pewter.
b. trifles Utensils made from this variety of pewter.
v. tri·fled, tri·fling, tri·fles
1. To treat flippantly or without seriousness; play or toy: Don't trifle with my affections. See Synonyms at flirt.
2. Archaic To act or speak with little seriousness or purpose; jest.
To waste (time or money, for example).
a trifle
A little; somewhat: a trifle stingy.

[Middle English trufle, trifle, piece of foolishness, trifling matter, from Old French trufle, variant of truffe, trick, mockery, from Old Provençal trufa, truffle, mockery (from the notion that truffles, being difficult to find, seem to mock those who search for them); see truffle.]

tri′fler (trī′flər) n.
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Adv.1.a trifle - to a small degree; somewhat; "it's a bit warm"; "felt a little better"; "a trifle smaller"
References in classic literature ?
I confess," said the Accuser, "that in comparison with the rascally way in which you have conducted yourself on the Bench, the rascally way in which you got there does seem rather a trifle.
She is--er--a young lady of considerable force of character for her years, and her present attitude--as I explained in my letter--is a trifle difficult.
One of you is a trifle too old for that sort of work, and the other a trifle too young.
In all my experience along the dirtiest ways of this dirty little world, I have never met with such a thing as a trifle yet.
His hair was a little longer, his hands a little whiter, his shoes a little thinner, his manner a trifle more polished, than that of his soberer mates; indeed the only department of life in which he failed to shine was the making of sufficient money to live upon.