- of little worth; trifling; piddling: piffling efforts.
Origin of piffling
- nonsense, as trivial or senseless talk.
- to talk nonsense.
Origin of piffle
Examples from the Web for piffling
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
Second, I asked myself: What reason has she for pretending to be that piffling lunatic?The Title
- worthless, trivial
- nonsenseto talk piffle
- (intr) to talk or behave feebly
Word Origin and History for piffling
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.