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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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Examples for trifle
  • Between the selected parallels the scale along the meridians is a trifle 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 trifle.
  • In a country where trademarks are still widely violated, the case may seem a trifle esoteric to many business people.
  • They might have disagreed about this and that trifle in private, but they are fairly synchronized.
  • What matters here is not the trifle nature of the materials stolen but the act of theft itself.
  • Sometimes a mere trifle would call out one of these rich, explosive extravaganzas of speech.
  • Her voice is high-pitched, nasal and a trifle slurred, her frequent laugh a piercing cackle.
  • Service is accommodating, if sometimes a trifle slow.
  • Though they were a trifle dry on the first visit, at two subsequent meals they were meltingly buttery.
  • Beware how you trifle with your marvelous inheritance-this great land of ordered liberty.
British Dictionary definitions for trifle

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 trifle
trifle
early 13c., trufle "false or idle tale," later "matter of little importance" (late 13c.), from O.Fr. trufle "mockery," dim. of truffe "deception," of uncertain origin. The verb, in the sense of "treat lightly," is first attested 1520s.
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