Trifle definition

trīfəl
Something of little value or importance; trivial thing, idea, etc.; paltry matter.
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To waste (time or money, for example).
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(archaic) To act or speak with little seriousness or purpose; jest.
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To treat flippantly or without seriousness; play or toy.

Don't trifle with my affections.

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A small amount of money.
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A small amount or degree; bit.
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Esp. in England, a dessert made with spongecake pieces spread with jam, sprinkled as with sherry, and layered in a large bowl with custard, fruit, whipped cream, etc.
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To spend idly; waste.

To trifle the hours away.

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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.

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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.

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To talk or act jokingly, mockingly, etc.; deal lightly.

Not a person to trifle with.

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To play or toy (with something)
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To play fast and loose (with a person's affections); dally.
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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.
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Something of little importance or value.
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A small amount; a jot.
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A moderately hard variety of pewter.
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Utensils made from this variety of pewter.
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A kind of pewter of medium hardness.
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Utensils made of this.
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An English dessert made from a mixture of thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, jelly and whipped cream.
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Anything that is of little importance or worth.
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A particular kind of pewter.
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(uncountable) Utensils made from this particular kind of pewter.
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(intransitive) To deal with something as if it were of little importance or worth.
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(intransitive) To act, speak, or otherwise behave with jest.
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(intransitive) To inconsequentially toy with something.
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a trifle
  • A little; somewhat:
    A trifle stingy.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
trifle
Plural:
trifles

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of trifle

  • Middle 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) truffle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English trufle, from Old French trufle (“mockery"), from truffe (“deception").

    From Wiktionary