[pif-uh l]Informal.


nonsense, as trivial or senseless talk.

verb (used without object), pif·fled, pif·fling.

to talk nonsense.

Origin of piffle

First recorded in 1840–50; perhaps akin to puff
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Contemporary Examples of piffle

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!

    Meredith Nicholson

British Dictionary definitions for piffle



nonsenseto talk piffle


(intr) to talk or behave feebly

Word Origin for piffle

C19: origin uncertain
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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.

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