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piffle

[pif-uh l] /ˈpɪf əl/
noun
1.
nonsense, as trivial or senseless talk.
verb (used without object), piffled, piffling.
2.
to talk nonsense.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; perhaps akin to puff
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Examples from the web for piffle
  • Lengthy off-topic piffle is best shared with a relevant readership.
  • Shrugging off this award ceremony is petty partisan piffle.
  • What piffle trading is no more stressful than other jobs such as parking meter attending or being a politician.
British Dictionary definitions for piffle

piffle

/ˈpɪfəl/
noun
1.
nonsense: to talk piffle
verb
2.
(intransitive) to talk or behave feebly
Word Origin
C19: origin uncertain
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Word Origin and History for piffle
v.

1847, of unknown origin, perhaps an alteration of trifle, by influence of piddle, etc. Or perhaps imitative of a puff of air, with a diminutive suffix. As a noun by 1890.

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Slang definitions & phrases for piffle

piffle

interjection

A mild exclamation of disbelief, contradiction, rejection, etc (1914+)

noun

Nonsense; baloney, bunk: the kind of piffle actors have to go up against (1890+)


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