- The definition of a trifle is a small amount of something or is something of little importance, or a dessert consisting of layers of sponge cake, jelly and cream.
- An example of trifle is a matter that is not very important and that doesn't merit a lot of consideration.
- An example of trifle is a dessert with wine soaked spongecake, strawberry jelly and whipped cream.
- Trifle is defined as to treat someone without respect, or to waste time playing or doing silly and frivolous things.
- An example of trifle is when a man treats a woman without respect.
- An example of trifle is when you sit around gossiping all day.
A delicious trifle desert.
- something of little value or importance; trivial thing, idea, etc.; paltry matter
- a small amount of money
- a small amount or degree; bit
- esp. in England, a dessert consisting of spongecake soaked in wine, spread with jam, and covered with custard, whipped cream, etc.
- a kind of pewter of medium hardness
- utensils made of this
Origin of trifleMiddle English ; from Old French trufle, mockery, diminutive of truffe, deception
intransitive verbtrifled, trifling
- to talk or act jokingly, mockingly, etc.; deal lightly: not a person to trifle with
- to play or toy (with something)
- to play fast and loose (with a person's affections); dally
- a. Something of little importance or value.b. A small amount; a jot.
- A dessert typically consisting of plain or sponge cake soaked in sherry, rum, or brandy and topped with layers of jam or jelly, custard, and whipped cream.
- a. A moderately hard variety of pewter.b. trifles Utensils made from this variety of pewter.
verbtri·fled, tri·fling, tri·fles
- To treat flippantly or without seriousness; play or toy: Don't trifle with my affections. See Synonyms at flirt.
- Archaic To act or speak with little seriousness or purpose; jest.
Origin of trifleMiddle English trufle, trifle, piece of foolishness, trifling matter, from Old French trufle, variant of truffe, trick, mockery, from Old Provençal trufa, truffle, mockery (from the notion that truffles, being difficult to find, seem to mock those who search for them); see truffle.
(countable and uncountable, plural trifles)
(third-person singular simple present trifles, present participle trifling, simple past and past participle trifled)