trifle

[trahy-fuhl]
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; (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

trifler, noun


1. bauble, toy. 13. fritter.
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trifle (ˈtraɪfəl)
 
n
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
 
vb (usually foll by with)
6.  to deal (with) as if worthless; dally: to trifle with a person's affections
7.  to waste (time) frivolously
 
[C13: from Old French trufle mockery, from trufler to cheat]
 
'trifler
 
n

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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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Example sentences
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.
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