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an article or thing of very little value.
a matter, affair, or circumstance of trivial importance or significance.
a small, inconsiderable, or
sum of money.
a small quantity or amount of anything; a little:
She's still a trifle angry.
a literary, musical, or artistic work of a light or trivial character having no great or lasting merit; bagatelle.
a kind of pewter of medium hardness.
articles made of this.
a dessert usually consisting of custard and cake soaked in wine or liqueur, and jam, fruit, or the like.
verb (used without object)
to deal lightly or without due seriousness or respect:
Don't trifle with me!
to play or toy by handling or fingering:
He sat trifling with a pen.
to act or talk in an idle or frivolous way.
to pass time idly or frivolously; waste time; idle.
verb (used with object)
to pass or spend (time) idly or frivolously (usually followed by
idle talk, deceit <
mockery, deceit; (v.)
to mock <
to make sport of
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Between the selected parallels the scale along the meridians is a
too large, and beyond them, too small.
No, it was not ready in time for the feast and the yield ended up being a mere
In a country where trademarks are still widely violated, the case may seem a
esoteric to many business people.
They might have disagreed about this and that
in private, but they are fairly synchronized.
What matters here is not the
nature of the materials stolen but the act of theft itself.
Sometimes a mere
would call out one of these rich, explosive extravaganzas of speech.
Her voice is high-pitched, nasal and a
slurred, her frequent laugh a piercing cackle.
Service is accommodating, if sometimes a
Though they were a
dry on the first visit, at two subsequent meals they were meltingly buttery.
Beware how you
with your marvelous inheritance-this great land of ordered liberty.
British Dictionary definitions for
a thing of little or no value or significance
a small amount; bit
a trifle more enthusiasm
) 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
a type of pewter of medium hardness
articles made from this pewter
usually foll by
to deal (with) as if worthless; dally
to trifle with a person's affections
to waste (time) frivolously
C13: from Old French
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for
"false or idle tale," later "matter of little importance" (late 13c.), from O.Fr.
"mockery," dim. of
"deception," of uncertain origin. The verb, in the sense of "treat lightly," is first attested 1520s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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