Roget category 6435. Words relating to the voluntary powers
› 5.2. Prospective volition
›› 5.2.2. Subservience to ends
triviality, levity, frivolity — paltriness etc. adj. — poverty — smallness etc. 32 — vanity etc. (uselessness) 645 — matter of indifference etc. 866 — no object.
nothing, nothing to signify, nothing worth speaking of, nothing particular, nothing to boast of, nothing to speak of — small matter, no great matter, trifling matter etc. adj. — mere joke, mere nothing — hardly anything — scarcely anything — nonentity, small beer, cipher — no great shakes, peu de chose [Fr.] — child's play, kinderspiel.
toy, plaything, popgun, paper pellet, gimcrack, gewgaw, bauble, trinket, bagatelle, Rickshaw, knickknack, whim-wham, trifle, trifles light as air —" yankee notions [U.S.].
trumpery, trash, rubbish, stuff, fatras†, frippery — leather or prunello —" chaff, drug, froth bubble smoke, cobweb — weed — refuse etc. (inutility) 645 — scum etc. (dirt) 653.
joke, jest, snap of the fingers — fudge etc. (unmeaning) 517 — fiddlestick†, fiddlestick end† — pack of nonsense, mere farce.
straw, pin, fig, button, rush — bulrush, feather, halfpenny, farthing, brass farthing, doit†, peppercorn, jot, rap, pinch of snuff, old son — cent, mill, picayune, pistareen†, red cent [U.S.].
minutiae, details, minor details, small fry — dust in the balance, feather in the scale, drop in the ocean, flea-bite, molehill.
nine days' wonder, ridiculus mus [Lat.] — flash in the pan etc. (impotence) 158 — much ado about nothing etc. (overestimation) 482.
go for nothing,
matter little or nothing —
not matter a straw
make light of
catch at straws
of little account,
of small account,
of no account,
of little importance,
of no importance
subordinate etc. (inferior) 34 — mediocre etc. (average) 29 — passable, fair, respectable, tolerable, commonplace — uneventful, mere, common — ordinary etc. (habitual) 613 — inconsiderable, so-so, insignificant, inappreciable.
trifling, trivial — slight, slender, light, flimsy, frothy, idle — puerile etc. (foolish) 499 — airy, shallow — weak etc. 160 — powerless etc. 158 — frivolous, petty, niggling — piddling, peddling — fribble†, inane, ridiculous, farcical — finical, finikin† — fiddle-faddle, fingle-fangle†, namby-pamby, wishy-washy, milk and water.
poor, paltry, pitiful — contemptible etc. (contempt) 930 — sorry, mean, meager, shabby, miserable, wretched, vile, scrubby, scrannel†, weedy, niggardly, scurvy, putid†, beggarly, worthless, twopennyhalfpenny, cheap, trashy, catchpenny, gimcrack, trumpery — one-horse [U.S.].
not worth the pains, not worth while, not worth mentioning, not worth speaking of, not worth a thought, not worth a curse, not worth a straw etc. n. — beneath notice, unworthy of notice, beneath regard, unworthy of regard, beneath consideration, unworthy of consideration — de lana caprina [It] — vain etc. (useless) 645.
for aught one cares.
fiddlestick end! †,
what signifies it,
what boots it,
what of it,
what of that,
what's the odds,
a fig for',
stuff and nonsense,
magno conatu magnas nugas [Lat.] —
le jeu ne vaut pas la chandelle [Fr.] —
it matters not,
it does not signify —
it is of no consequence,
it is of no importance —
elephantus non capit murem [Lat.] —
tempete dans un verre d'eau [Fr.].
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