piffling


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pif·fle

 (pĭf′əl)
intr.v. pif·fled, pif·fling, pif·fles
To talk or act feebly or futilely.
n.
Foolish or futile talk or ideas; nonsense.

[Origin unknown.]

piffling

(ˈpɪflɪŋ)
adj
worthless, trivial

pif•fling

(ˈpɪf lɪŋ)

adj. Informal.
of little worth; trifling.
[1890–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.piffling - (informal) small and of little importance; "a fiddling sum of money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"; "a little (or small) matter"; "a dispute over niggling details"; "limited to petty enterprises"; "piffling efforts"; "giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
unimportant - not important; "a relatively unimportant feature of the system"; "the question seems unimportant"

piffling

adjective (Informal) trivial, petty, trifling, insignificant, little, pants (informal), useless, fiddling, worthless, unimportant, paltry, Mickey Mouse (slang), puny, derisory, measly (informal), piddling (informal), crappy (slang), toytown (slang), poxy (slang), nickel-and-dime (U.S. slang), wanky (taboo slang), chickenshit (U.S. slang) some piffling dispute regarding visiting rights
Translations

piffling

[ˈpɪflɪŋ] ADJ [dispute, task] → de poca monta, insignificante; [excuse] → absurdo, ridículo; [sum, amount] → ridículo, irrisorio

piffling

[ˈpɪflɪŋ] adjinsignifiant(e)

piffling

adj (inf)lächerlich

piffling

[ˈpɪflɪŋ] (fam) adjinsignificante
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