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trifle

[trahy-fuh l] /ˈtraɪ fəl/
noun
1.
an article or thing of very little value.
2.
a matter, affair, or circumstance of trivial importance or significance.
3.
a small, inconsiderable, or trifling sum of money.
4.
a small quantity or amount of anything; a little:
She's still a trifle angry.
5.
a literary, musical, or artistic work of a light or trivial character having no great or lasting merit; bagatelle.
6.
a kind of pewter of medium hardness.
7.
trifles, articles made of this.
8.
English Cookery. a dessert usually consisting of custard and cake soaked in wine or liqueur, and jam, fruit, or the like.
verb (used without object), trifled, trifling.
9.
to deal lightly or without due seriousness or respect:
Don't trifle with me!
10.
to play or toy by handling or fingering:
He sat trifling with a pen.
11.
to act or talk in an idle or frivolous way.
12.
to pass time idly or frivolously; waste time; idle.
verb (used with object), trifled, trifling.
13.
to pass or spend (time) idly or frivolously (usually followed by away).
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; (noun) Middle English tru(f)fle idle talk, deceit < Old French, variant of truf(f)e mockery, deceit; (v.) Middle English treoflen to mock < Old French trufler to make sport of
Related forms
trifler, noun
Synonyms
1. bauble, toy. 13. fritter.
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British Dictionary definitions for trifles

trifle

/ˈtraɪfəl/
noun
1.
a thing of little or no value or significance
2.
a small amount; bit: a trifle more enthusiasm
3.
(Brit) a cold dessert made with sponge cake spread with jam or fruit, soaked in wine or sherry, covered with a custard sauce and cream, and decorated
4.
a type of pewter of medium hardness
5.
articles made from this pewter
verb
6.
(intransitive) usually foll by with. to deal (with) as if worthless; dally: to trifle with a person's affections
7.
to waste (time) frivolously
Derived Forms
trifler, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French trufle mockery, from trufler to cheat
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Word Origin and History for trifles

trifle

n.

early 13c., trufle "false or idle tale," later "matter of little importance" (late 13c.), from Old French trufle "mockery," diminutive of truffe "deception," of uncertain origin.

v.

"treat lightly," 1520s, from trifle (n.). Related: Trifled; trifling.

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