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[pif-uh l] /ˈpɪf əl/ Informal.
nonsense, as trivial or senseless talk.
verb (used without object), piffled, piffling.
to talk nonsense.
Origin of piffle
First recorded in 1840-50; perhaps akin to puff Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But she did not intend to write a love story—that was piffle.

    Etheldreda the Ready Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • I told him very firmly that this was piffle of the most wretched sort.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • The chant went a beat to every step, thus: "Cracking—piffle—walnuts—piffle—in a—sort of—piffle—sadness!"

    Angela's Business Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • "I don't know anything about that sort of piffle," said his guest, severely.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • It's got a perfectly ripping, basic, sex-comedy idea that climaxes the third act; the rest is piffle.

    Blue-grass and Broadway Maria Thompson Daviess
  • They had the vicar and old frumps in to tea, and she had to listen to their piffle.

    The Hand in the Dark Arthur J. Rees
  • His name was Patches, but he answered to piffle and he was a sook and a cuddler.

    Dreaming of Dreaming Peter E. Williams
  • That's all piffle about Hoky having any confederate except me.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson
British Dictionary definitions for piffle


nonsense: to talk piffle
(intransitive) to talk or behave feebly
Word Origin
C19: origin uncertain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for piffle

1847, of unknown origin, perhaps an alteration of trifle, by influence of piddle, etc. Or perhaps imitative of a puff of air, with a diminutive suffix. As a noun by 1890.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for piffle



A mild exclamation of disbelief, contradiction, rejection, etc (1914+)


Nonsense; baloney, bunk: the kind of piffle actors have to go up against (1890+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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