- 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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Examples from the Web for 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
- 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 triflers
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.