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  • 141nugatory — (adj.) trifling, of no value, c.1600, from L. nugatorius worthless, trifling, futile, from nugator jester, trifler, braggart, from nugatus, pp. of nugari to trifle, jest, play the fool, from nugæ jokes, jests, trifles, of unknown origin …

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  • 142piddle — informal verb 1》 urinate. 2》 (piddle about/around) spend time in trifling activities. 3》 [as adjective piddling] pathetically trivial; trifling. noun an act of urinating. ↘urine. Derivatives piddler noun Origin C16: prob. from a blend of piss …

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  • 143fiddle-faddle — I. n. (Colloq.) Nonsense, trifling, frivolity, stuff, twaddle, twattle, prate, gabble, gibberish, gibble gabble. II. a. (Colloq.) Foolish, nonsensical, trifling, frivolous, trivial, idle, fiddling, twattling, prating, gabbling …

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  • 144vain — 1 Vain, nugatory, otiose, idle, empty, hollow are comparable when they mean devoid of worth or significance. Something vain (see also FUTILE) is devoid of all value, either absolutely because worthless, superfluous, or unprofitable or relatively… …

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  • 145frivolous — friv•o•lous [[t]ˈfrɪv ə ləs[/t]] adj. 1) characterized by lack of seriousness or sense: frivolous conduct[/ex] 2) (of a person) given to trifling or undue levity 3) of little or no weight, worth, or importance; not worthy of serious notice: a… …

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  • 146trifle — tri•fle [[t]ˈtraɪ fəl[/t]] n. v. fled, fling 1) something of very little value, importance, or consequence 2) a small, inconsiderable, or trifling amount of anything 3) coo a dessert of cake soaked in liqueur, then combined with custard, fruit,… …

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  • 147frivolous — /ˈfrɪvələs / (say frivuhluhs) adjective 1. of little or no weight, worth, or importance; not worthy of serious notice: a frivolous objection. 2. characterised by lack of seriousness or sense: frivolous conduct. 3. given to trifling or levity, as… …

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  • 148petty — /ˈpɛti / (say petee) adjective (pettier, pettiest) 1. of small importance; trifling; trivial: petty grievances. 2. of lesser or secondary importance, merit, etc. 3. having or showing narrow ideas, interests, etc.: petty minds. 4. mean or… …

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  • 149shallow — [adj1] not deep cursory, depthless, empty, flat, hollow, inconsiderable, sand bar, shelf, shoal, slight, superficial, surface, trifling, trivial, unsound; concepts 737,777 Ant. deep shallow [adj2] unintelligent, ignorant cursory, empty, empty… …

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  • 150small — [adj1] tiny in size, quantity baby, bantam, bitty*, cramped, diminutive, humble, immature, inadequate, inconsequential, inconsiderable, insufficient, limited, little, meager, microscopic, mini*, miniature, minuscule, minute, modest, narrow,… …

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  • 151fribble — [frib′əl] adj. [< ?] of little importance; trifling n. 1. a person who wastes time 2. any trifling act or thought vi. fribbled, fribbling to waste time; trifle fribble away to use wastefully …

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  • 152trifle — [trī′fəl] n. [ME < OFr trufle, mockery, dim. of truffe, deception] 1. something of little value or importance; trivial thing, idea, etc.; paltry matter 2. a small amount of money 3. a small amount or degree; bit 4. esp. in England, a dessert… …

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  • 153chickenfeed — noun a trifling sum of money • Syn: ↑small change, ↑chump change • Hypernyms: ↑cash, ↑hard cash, ↑hard currency * * * chickˈenfeed noun 1. Poultry food …

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  • 154dawdling — noun the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working • Syn: ↑dalliance, ↑trifling • Derivationally related forms: ↑trifle (for: ↑trifling), ↑dawdle, ↑dally ( …

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  • 155fallal — noun cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing • Syn: ↑bangle, ↑bauble, ↑gaud, ↑gewgaw, ↑novelty, ↑trinket • Derivationally related forms: ↑gaudy (for: ↑ …

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  • 156piddle — v. & n. v.intr. 1 colloq. urinate (used esp. to or by children). 2 work or act in a trifling way. 3 (as piddling adj.) colloq. trivial; trifling. n. colloq. 1 urination. 2 urine (used esp. to or by children). Derivatives: piddler n. Etymology:… …

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  • 157small — adj., n., & adv. adj. 1 not large or big. 2 slender; thin. 3 not great in importance, amount, number, strength, or power. 4 not much; trifling (a small token; paid small attention). 5 insignificant; unimportant (a small matter; from small… …

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  • 158amourette — |amə|ret noun ( s) Etymology: French, from Old French, from amour + ette 1. : a trifling or ephemeral love affair 2. : a woman involved in a trifling love affair …

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  • 159fleabite — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun 1. : the bite of a flea; also : the red spot caused by such a bite 2. a. : a trifling wound or pain suggesting that of the bite of a flea b. : a small irritation : a trifling …

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  • 160fribbling — adjective : frivolous, trifling, captious fribbling banalities P.A.Samuelson * * * fribbˈling or fribbˈlish adjective Trifling • • • Main Entry: ↑fribble …

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