piffling

[pif-ling]
adjective
of little worth; trifling; piddling: piffling efforts.

Origin:
1890–95; piffle + -ing2

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piffle

[pif-uhl] Informal.
noun
1.
nonsense, as trivial or senseless talk.
verb (used without object), piffled, piffling.
2.
to talk nonsense.

Origin:
1840–50; perhaps akin to puff

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piffle (ˈpɪfəl)
 
n
1.  nonsense: to talk piffle
 
vb
2.  (intr) to talk or behave feebly
 
[C19: origin uncertain]

piffling (ˈpɪflɪŋ)
 
adj
worthless, trivial

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piffle
1847, of unknown origin, perhaps an alteration of trifle, by influence of piddle, etc. Or perhaps onomatopoeic of a puff of air, with a dim. suffix.
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Example sentences
Small, targeted tax reliefs may strike voters as a piffling response.
The sharp fall in commodity prices is a a piffling good for a much concerning evil.
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