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piffling

[pif-ling] /ˈpɪf lɪŋ/
adjective
1.
of little worth; trifling; piddling:
piffling efforts.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; piffle + -ing2

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
1840-50; perhaps akin to puff
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for piffling

piffling

/ˈpɪflɪŋ/
adjective
1.
worthless, trivial

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 piffling

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 piffling

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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