Synonyms for *trivial*

- commonplace
- frivolous
- immaterial
- incidental
- inconsequential
- insignificant
- irrelevant
- meaningless
- minor
- negligible
- paltry
- petty
- superficial
- trite
- unimportant
- atomic
- beside the point
- diminutive
- evanescent
- everyday
- flimsy
- inappreciable
- inconsiderable
- little
- meager
- mean
- microscopic
- minute
- momentary
- nonessential
- nugatory
- of no account
- piddling
- puny
- scanty
- skin-deep
- slight
- small
- trifling
- valueless
- vanishing
- worthless

Antonyms for *trivial*

- consequential
- essential
- important
- major
- meaningful
- necessary
- pertinent
- relevant
- serious
- significant
- substantial
- uncommon
- useful
- valuable
- worthwhile
- weighty

## EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TRIVIAL

You've made me your butt, your fool, your doer of trivial offices.

He was a gentleman, but the trivial fact is of small avail to-day.

And at least it was not a trivial view, nor an ill meant one.

His tone was as level as if he were discussing some trivial matter.

On Mike's face was a map of disaster; the disaster might be trivial or great.

What had seemed so real to him then he feared to-day to face, as trivial and weak.

The subjects were trivial in themselves, and repeated endlessly.

My smallest action, my most trivial habit, was familiar to them.

Grant laid a finger upon his arm and drawled his solution of a trivial mystery.

But the loss of her mother was to Hetty a trivial one, in comparison with the loss of her father.

## WORD ORIGIN

"ordinary" (1580s); "insignificant" (1590s), from Latin trivialis "common, commonplace, vulgar," literally "of or belonging to the crossroads," from trivium "place where three roads meet," in transferred use, "an open place, a public place," from tri- "three" (see three) + via "road" (see via). The sense connection is "public," hence "common, commonplace."

The earliest use of the word in English was early 15c., a separate borrowing in the academic sense "of the trivium" (the first three liberal arts); from a Medieval Latin use of trivialis in the sense "of the trivium," from trivium as neuter of the Latin adjective trivius "of three roads." Cf. trivia. Related: Trivially. The board game Trivial Pursuit was released 1982 and was a craze in U.S. for several years thereafter.

## MORE RELATED WORDS FOR TRIVIAL

### common

adjectiveaverage, ordinary- accepted
- banal
- bourgeois
- casual
- characteristic
- colloquial
- comformable
- commonplace
- conventional
- current
- customary
- daily
- everyday
- familiar
- frequent
- general
- habitual
- hackneyed
- homely
- humdrum
- informal
- mediocre
- monotonous
- natural
- passable
- plain
- prevailing
- prevalent
- probable
- prosaic
- regular
- routine
- run-of-the-mill
- simple
- stale
- standard
- stereotyped
- stock
- trite
- trivial
- typical
- undistinguished
- universal
- unvaried
- usual
- wearisome
- workaday
- worn-out

### commonest

adjectiveaverage, ordinary- accepted
- banal
- bourgeois
- casual
- characteristic
- colloquial
- comformable
- commonplace
- conventional
- current
- customary
- daily
- everyday
- familiar
- frequent
- general
- habitual
- hackneyed
- homely
- humdrum
- informal
- mediocre
- monotonous
- natural
- passable
- plain
- prevailing
- prevalent
- probable
- prosaic
- regular
- routine
- run-of-the-mill
- simple
- stale
- standard
- stereotyped
- stock
- trite
- trivial
- typical
- undistinguished
- universal
- unvaried
- usual
- wearisome
- workaday
- worn-out

### dispensable

adjectivenot necessary; able to be thrown away### empty

adjectivefruitless, ineffective- aimless
- banal
- barren
- cheap
- dead
- deadpan
- devoid
- dishonest
- dumb
- expressionless
- fatuous
- flat
- frivolous
- futile
- hollow
- idle
- ignorant
- inane
- ineffectual
- inexpressive
- insincere
- insipid
- jejune
- meaningless
- nugatory
- otiose
- paltry
- petty
- purposeless
- senseless
- silly
- trivial
- unintelligent
- unreal
- unsatisfactory
- unsubstantial
- vacuous
- vain
- valueless
- vapid
- worthless