For years he had been expecting that his uncle would leave him a large legacy when he died, but as it turned out, he only left him a trifling sum.
banal, lackluster, nondescript, prosaic, trifling, trite
exceptionable, preeminent, prodigious
divide it like TRI (TRY)+FLING. (means to throw sb or something). SO. you always TRY to throw SOMETHING UNIMPORTANT.