1. Found anywhere; common. [Obs.]
2. Ordinary; commonplace; trifling; vulgar.
As a scholar, meantime, he was trivial, and incapable of labor. --De Quincey.
3. Of little worth or importance; inconsiderable; trifling; petty; paltry; as, a trivial subject or affair.
The trivial round, the common task. --Keble.
4. Of or pertaining to the trivium.
Trivial name Nat. Hist., the specific name.
Triv·i·al, n. One of the three liberal arts forming the trivium. [Obs.]
adj 1: (informal terms) small and of little importance; "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"; "Mickey Mouse
regulations"; "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"
[syn: fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little,
Mickey Mouse, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty,
2: obvious and dull; "trivial conversation"; "commonplace
prose" [syn: banal, commonplace]
3: of little substance or significance; "a few superficial
editorial changes"; "only trivial objections" [syn: superficial]
4: concerned with trivialities; "a trivial young woman"; "a
5: not large enough to consider or notice [syn: insignificant]