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 triflersconnoisseur, dilettante, beginner, novice, abecedarian, loafer, pretender, tyro, trifler, tinkerer, tenderfoot, rookie, dabbler, aesthete, greenhorn, vixen, siren, wanton, tease, philanderer
Examples from the Web for triflers
Historical Examples of triflers
A race of triflers arise, who think only of the present hour.Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber
James Aitken Wylie
They are not the triflers who balance a feather against a soul.The Sheepfold and the Common, Vol. I (of 2)
But this minority was denounced by the orthodox as innovators and triflers.History of the Jews, Vol. V (of 6)
Be serious with the serious, gay with the gay, and trifle with the triflers.The PG Edition of Chesterfield's Letters to His Son
The Earl of Chesterfield
Then, if you really believe, if it's so serious to you, why do you make a show of it for triflers?The Ghost
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.