- an article or thing of very little value.
- a matter, affair, or circumstance of trivial importance or significance.
- a small, inconsiderable, or trifling sum of money.
- a small quantity or amount of anything; a little: She's still a trifle angry.
- a literary, musical, or artistic work of a light or trivial character having no great or lasting merit; bagatelle.
- a kind of pewter of medium hardness.
- trifles, articles made of this.
- English Cookery. a dessert usually consisting of custard and cake soaked in wine or liqueur, and jam, fruit, or the like.
- to deal lightly or without due seriousness or respect: Don't trifle with me!
- to play or toy by handling or fingering: He sat trifling with a pen.
- to act or talk in an idle or frivolous way.
- to pass time idly or frivolously; waste time; idle.
- to pass or spend (time) idly or frivolously (usually followed by away).
Origin of trifle
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Related Wordssquander, dawdle, twiddle, coquet, wanton, monkey, doodle, putter, lounge, philander, waste, fool, play, dilly-dally, palter, toy, fidget, misuse, dally, dabble
Examples from the Web for 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
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
- a thing of little or no value or significance
- a small amount; bita trifle more enthusiasm
- British a cold dessert made with sponge cake spread with jam or fruit, soaked in wine or sherry, covered with a custard sauce and cream, and decorated
- a type of pewter of medium hardness
- articles made from this pewter
- (intr usually foll by with) to deal (with) as if worthless; dallyto trifle with a person's affections
- to waste (time) frivolously
Word Origin and History for trifled
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.