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Meaning of TRIFLE

Pronunciation:  'trIful

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something of small importance
  2. [n]  a detail that is considered insignificant
  3. [n]  jam-spread sponge cake soaked in wine served with custard sauce
  4. [v]  consider not very seriously; "He is trifling with her"; "She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania"
  5. [v]  act frivolously
  6. [v]  waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently

TRIFLE is a 6 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: dally, frivol, piddle, piddle away, play, small beer, technicality, trivia, triviality, triviality, wanton, wanton away
 See Also: act, behave, consider, deal, dessert, detail, do, item, look at, pass, point, spend, stuff, sundries, sundry, take, tipsy cake, whatchamacallit, whatsis



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tri"fle\, n. [OE. trifle, trufle, OF. trufle mockery,
    raillery, trifle, probably the same word as F. truffe
    truffle, the word being applied to any small or worthless
    object. See {Truffle}.]
    1. A thing of very little value or importance; a paltry, or
       trivial, affair.
             With such poor trifles playing.       --Drayton.
             Trifles light as air Are to the jealous confirmation
             strong As proofs of holy writ.        --Shak.
             Small sands the mountain, moments make year, And
             frifles life.                         --Young.
    2. A dish composed of sweetmeats, fruits, cake, wine, etc.,
       with syllabub poured over it.
  2. \Tri"fle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Trifled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Trifling}.] [OE. trifelen, truflen. See {Trifle}, n.]
    To act or talk without seriousness, gravity, weight, or
    dignity; to act or talk with levity; to indulge in light or
    trivial amusements.
          They trifle, and they beat the air about nothing which
          toucheth us.                             --Hooker.
    {To trifle with}, to play the fool with; to treat without
       respect or seriousness; to mock; as, to trifle with one's
       feelings, or with sacred things.
  3. \Tri"fle\, v. t.
    1. To make of no importance; to treat as a trifle. [Obs.]
    2. To spend in vanity; to fritter away; to waste; as, to
       trifle away money. ``We trifle time.'' --Shak.