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 Dictionary entry overview: What does trivial mean? 

TRIVIAL (adjective)
  The adjective TRIVIAL has 5 senses:

1. (informal) small and of little importance
2. obvious and dull
3. of little substance or significance
4. concerned with trivialities
5. not large enough to consider or notice

  Familiarity information: TRIVIAL used as an adjective is common.

 Dictionary entry details 

TRIVIAL (adjective)

Sense 1trivial [BACK TO TOP]


(informal) small and of little importance


trivial; piffling; piddling; picayune; niggling; footling; fiddling; petty; lilliputian; little

Context examples:

a fiddling sum of money / a footling gesture / our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war / a little (or small) matter / a dispute over niggling details / limited to petty enterprises / piffling efforts / giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction


unimportant (not important)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)

Sense 2trivial [BACK TO TOP]


Obvious and dull

Context examples:

trivial conversation / commonplace prose


ordinary (not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree)

Sense 3trivial [BACK TO TOP]


Of little substance or significance


superficial; trivial

Context examples:

a few superficial editorial changes / only trivial objections


insignificant; unimportant (not important or noteworthy)

Sense 4trivial [BACK TO TOP]


Concerned with trivialities

Context examples:

a trivial young woman / a trivial mind


frivolous (not serious in content or attitude or behavior)

Sense 5trivial [BACK TO TOP]


Not large enough to consider or notice


insignificant; trivial


inconsiderable (too small or unimportant to merit attention)

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