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piffling

[pif-ling] /ˈpɪf lɪŋ/
adjective
1.
of little worth; trifling; piddling:
piffling efforts.
Origin of piffling
1890-1895
First recorded in 1890-95; piffle + -ing2

piffle

[pif-uh l] /ˈpɪf əl/ Informal.
noun
1.
nonsense, as trivial or senseless talk.
verb (used without object), piffled, piffling.
2.
to talk nonsense.
Origin
First recorded in 1840-50; perhaps akin to puff
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Examples from the Web for piffling
Historical Examples
  • Maybe it's only a piffling pocket, and we'll get souped for our pains.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • Earthly marriages are piffling in comparison with that ceremony.

    The Skylark of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
  • He might as well have sat by his fire and read a piffling novel.

    Black Oxen

    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • piffling business, I call it, this interfering with private correspondence.

    A Rock in the Baltic Robert Barr
  • Second, I asked myself: What reason has she for pretending to be that piffling lunatic?

    The Title Arnold Bennett
  • I'm merely telling you what will happen if father accepts that piffling baronetcy.

    The Title Arnold Bennett
  • This was no piffling little Gizeh pyramid, no simple tomb for a king.

    The Sky Is Falling Lester del Rey
  • Well; first, I knew my daughter couldn't be the piffling lunatic who does your war cookery articles.

    The Title Arnold Bennett
  • Symes curbed his irritation at the piffling objections of the Fly-trap King and responded tolerantly.

    The Lady Doc

    Caroline Lockhart
  • Probably he did not want Beethoven to waste his time on piffling schoolboy exercises.

    Haydn

    John F. Runciman
British Dictionary definitions for piffling

piffling

/ˈpɪflɪŋ/
adjective
1.
worthless, trivial

piffle

/ˈpɪfəl/
noun
1.
nonsense: to talk piffle
verb
2.
(intransitive) to talk or behave feebly
Word Origin
C19: origin uncertain
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Word Origin and History for piffling

piffle

v.

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 piffling

piffle

interjection

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

noun

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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