[ trahy-fuhl ]
/ ˈtraɪ fəl /


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).

Nearby words

  1. trifacial neuralgia,
  2. trifecta,
  3. triffid,
  4. trifid,
  5. trifid foot,
  6. trifling,
  7. triflingly,
  8. trifluoperazine,
  9. trifluoride,
  10. trifluorochloromethane

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

Related formstri·fler, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for trifle


/ (ˈtraɪfəl) /



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

Word Origin for trifle

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

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