trivial refers principally to
things that have little
importance or significance in themselves or that
require no intellectual
depth on the part of persons concerned with them.
trifling describes things so
unimportant or so small
in size or value as to be scarcely worth notice.
paltry describes things,
especially sums of money,
whose size or value arouses contempt; thus the term
implies marked insufficiency
in relation to what is required or desired.
petty can refer to
insignificant things or to persons
who have subordinate rank or who are small minded or
picayune describes things of
little significance or
value, in the sense of paltriness; or it can apply
figuratively to persons
totally lacking in stature, capacity, breadth or
outlook, or fineness of