- nonsense, as trivial or senseless talk.
- to talk nonsense.
Origin of piffle
Related Words for pifflehogwash, silliness, bunk, bull, hooey, foolishness, drivel, poppycock, rubbish, baloney, balderdash, prattle, gibberish, trash, palaver, jive
Examples from the Web for piffle
Contemporary Examples of piffle
Despite the best efforts of the Gowers family, the towers of piffle have continued to climb ever higher.Will Jargon Be the Death of the English Language?
March 30, 2014
Of course, the book market suffers from being saturated by piffle and filth, but has this not always been the case?In Defense of Martin Amis’ 'Lionel Asbo'
August 21, 2012
Historical Examples of piffle
I told him very firmly that this was piffle of the most wretched sort.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
"I don't know anything about that sort of piffle," said his guest, severely.Jane Journeys On
Ruth Comfort Mitchell
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
But she did not intend to write a love story—that was piffle.Etheldreda the Ready
Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
That's all piffle about Hoky having any confederate except me.Blacksheep! Blacksheep!
- nonsenseto talk piffle
- (intr) to talk or behave feebly
Word Origin 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.