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trifle

[ trahy-fuhl ]
/ ˈtraɪ fəl /
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noun
verb (used without object), tri·fled, tri·fling.
verb (used with object), tri·fled, tri·fling.
to pass or spend (time) idly or frivolously (usually followed by away).
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Origin of trifle

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English tru(f)fle idle talk, deceit <Old French, variant of truf(f)e mockery, deceit; (v.) Middle English treoflen to mock <Old French trufler to make sport of

OTHER WORDS FROM trifle

trifler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for trifle

trifle
/ (ˈtraɪfəl) /

noun
verb
(intr usually foll by with) to deal (with) as if worthless; dallyto trifle with a person's affections
to waste (time) frivolously

Derived forms of trifle

trifler, noun

Word Origin for trifle

C13: from Old French trufle mockery, from trufler to cheat
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