piffling

[ pif-ling ]
/ ˈpɪf lɪŋ /
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adjective

of little worth; trifling; piddling: piffling efforts.

Origin of piffling

First recorded in 1890–95; piffle + -ing2

Definition for piffling (2 of 2)

piffle

[ pif-uh l ]
/ ˈpɪf əl /
Informal.

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for piffling (1 of 2)

piffling

/ (ˈpɪflɪŋ) /

adjective

worthless, trivial

British Dictionary definitions for piffling (2 of 2)

piffle

/ (ˈpɪfəl) informal /

noun

nonsenseto talk piffle

verb

(intr) to talk or behave feebly

Word Origin for piffle

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.

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