verb (used without object), tri·fled, tri·fling.
verb (used with object), tri·fled, tri·fling.
Origin of trifle
Synonyms for trifle
Related Words for trifledsquander, dawdle, twiddle, coquet, wanton, monkey, doodle, putter, lounge, philander, waste, fool, play, dilly-dally, palter, toy, fidget, misuse, dally, dabble
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Contemporary Examples of trifled
And a sharp chicken beak is nothing to be trifled with either.What Did TJ Mean By “Pursuit of Happiness,” Anyway?
P. J. O’Rourke
June 8, 2014
Historical Examples of trifled
He could not bear to have her feel that he had trifled with her.Questionable Shapes
William Dean Howells
It is a time when earnest men and women cannot be trifled with on soul concerns.
Well, sir, about the inn: be at a word with me; for I'm not in a humour to be trifled with.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Also a low growl rumbled in his throat as warning that he was not to be trifled with.White Fang
In any case Jan should see that where his children were concerned he was not to be trifled with.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
Word Origin for trifle
early 13c., trufle "false or idle tale," later "matter of little importance" (late 13c.), from Old French trufle "mockery," diminutive of truffe "deception," of uncertain origin.
"treat lightly," 1520s, from trifle (n.). Related: Trifled; trifling.