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tri·fle

 (trī′fəl)
n.
1.
a. Something of little importance or value.
b. A small amount; a jot.
2. A dessert typically consisting of plain or sponge cake soaked in sherry, rum, or brandy and topped with layers of jam or jelly, custard, and whipped cream.
3.
a. A moderately hard variety of pewter.
b. trifles Utensils made from this variety of pewter.
v. tri·fled, tri·fling, tri·fles
v.intr.
1. To treat flippantly or without seriousness; play or toy: Don't trifle with my affections. See Synonyms at flirt.
2. Archaic To act or speak with little seriousness or purpose; jest.
v.tr.
To waste (time or money, for example).
Idiom:
a trifle
A little; somewhat: a trifle stingy.

[Middle English trufle, trifle, piece of foolishness, trifling matter, from Old French trufle, variant of truffe, trick, mockery, from Old Provençal trufa, truffle, mockery (from the notion that truffles, being difficult to find, seem to mock those who search for them); see truffle.]

tri′fler (trī′flər) n.

trifle

(ˈtraɪfəl)
n
1. a thing of little or no value or significance
2. a small amount; bit: a trifle more enthusiasm.
3. (Cookery) Brit 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
4. (Metallurgy) a type of pewter of medium hardness
5. (Metallurgy) articles made from this pewter
vb
6. (usually foll by: with) to deal (with) as if worthless; dally: to trifle with a person's affections.
7. to waste (time) frivolously
[C13: from Old French trufle mockery, from trufler to cheat]
ˈtrifler n

tri•fle

(ˈtraɪ fəl)

n., v. -fled, -fling. n.
1. something of very little value, importance, or consequence.
2. a small, inconsiderable, or trifling amount of anything.
3. a dessert of cake soaked in liqueur, then combined with custard, fruit, jam, etc., and topped with whipped cream.
v.i.
4. to deal lightly or without due seriousness or respect.
5. to play or toy by handling or fingering (usu. fol. by with): He sat trifling with a pen.
6. to act or talk idly or frivolously.
7. to waste time; idle.
v.t.
8. to pass or spend (time) idly or frivolously (usu. fol. by away); fritter.
[1175–1225; Middle English tru(f)fle idle talk, deceit < Old French, variant of truf(f)e deception]
tri′fler, n.

trifle

  • bagatelle - From French or Italian for "trick" or "trifle."
  • burlesque - From French, which got it from Italian burlesco, a derivative of burla, "joke, fun"—which may have come from Latin burra, "trifle."
  • trifle - In the sense of the dessert, it gets its name from being a "light" confection.
  • trifle - From French truffle/truffe, "deceit, trickery."

trifle


Past participle: trifled
Gerund: trifling

Imperative
trifle
trifle
Present
I trifle
you trifle
he/she/it trifles
we trifle
you trifle
they trifle
Preterite
I trifled
you trifled
he/she/it trifled
we trifled
you trifled
they trifled
Present Continuous
I am trifling
you are trifling
he/she/it is trifling
we are trifling
you are trifling
they are trifling
Present Perfect
I have trifled
you have trifled
he/she/it has trifled
we have trifled
you have trifled
they have trifled
Past Continuous
I was trifling
you were trifling
he/she/it was trifling
we were trifling
you were trifling
they were trifling
Past Perfect
I had trifled
you had trifled
he/she/it had trifled
we had trifled
you had trifled
they had trifled
Future
I will trifle
you will trifle
he/she/it will trifle
we will trifle
you will trifle
they will trifle
Future Perfect
I will have trifled
you will have trifled
he/she/it will have trifled
we will have trifled
you will have trifled
they will have trifled
Future Continuous
I will be trifling
you will be trifling
he/she/it will be trifling
we will be trifling
you will be trifling
they will be trifling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been trifling
you have been trifling
he/she/it has been trifling
we have been trifling
you have been trifling
they have been trifling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been trifling
you will have been trifling
he/she/it will have been trifling
we will have been trifling
you will have been trifling
they will have been trifling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been trifling
you had been trifling
he/she/it had been trifling
we had been trifling
you had been trifling
they had been trifling
Conditional
I would trifle
you would trifle
he/she/it would trifle
we would trifle
you would trifle
they would trifle
Past Conditional
I would have trifled
you would have trifled
he/she/it would have trifled
we would have trifled
you would have trifled
they would have trifled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trifle - a cold pudding made of layers of sponge cake spread with fruit or jellytrifle - a cold pudding made of layers of sponge cake spread with fruit or jelly; may be decorated with nuts, cream, or chocolate
pud, pudding - (British) the dessert course of a meal (`pud' is used informally)
tipsy cake - a trifle soaked in wine and decorated with almonds and candied fruit
2.trifle - a detail that is considered insignificanttrifle - a detail that is considered insignificant
detail, item, point - an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information"
3.trifle - something of small importancetrifle - something of small importance  
object, physical object - a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow; "it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"
frippery, frivolity, bagatelle, fluff - something of little value or significance
Verb1.trifle - waste timetrifle - waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently
expend, spend, drop - pay out; "spend money"
2.trifle - act frivolouslytrifle - act frivolously      
behave, act, do - behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"
3.trifle - consider not very seriouslytrifle - consider not very seriously; "He is trifling with her"; "She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania"
look at, deal, consider, take - take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; "Take the case of China"; "Consider the following case"
dally, toy, flirt, play - behave carelessly or indifferently; "Play about with a young girl's affection"

trifle

noun
1. little, bit, touch, spot, trace, dash, pinch, jot, drop He found both locations just a trifle disappointing.
2. knick-knack, nothing, toy, plaything, bauble, triviality, bagatelle, gewgaw He had no money to spare on trifles.
3. (often plural) unimportant matter or thing, trivia, technicality, minutiae He doesn't let such trifles worry him.
4. very small amount, pittance, piddling amount (informal), peanuts (informal) He begged hard for a trifle to pay for a room.
Quotations
"a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles" [William Shakespeare The Winter's Tale]

trifle

noun
1. Something or things that are unimportant:
2. A small showy article:
verb
1. To treat lightly or flippantly:
2. To move one's fingers or hands in a nervous or aimless fashion:
3. To make amorous advances without serious intentions:
phrasal verb
trifle away
1. To pass (time) without working or in avoiding work:
dawdle (away), fiddle away, idle (away), kill, waste, while (away), wile (away).
2. To spend (money) excessively and usually foolishly:
Slang: blow.
Translations
تَافِهضَئيل، تافِه
maličkostovocný pohár se šlehačkou
bagateltrifliubetydelighed
pikkuseikka
sitnica
jelentéktelen apróság
lítilræîitriffli
つまらないもの
시시한 것
mažmožis
biskvītkūka ar krēmu, augļiemniekssīkums
ovocný pohár so šľahačkou
bagatell
เรื่องเล็กๆ น้อยๆ
değersiz/önemsiz şeyjöleli ve kremalı bir tür tatlıönemsiz şeytrayfıl
đồ lặt vặt

trifle

[ˈtraɪfl] N
1. (= cheap object) → baratija f, fruslería f (frm)
2. (= unimportant issue) → pequeñez f, nimiedad f (frm)
he worries about triflesse preocupa por nimiedades
any trifle can distract herle distrae cualquier tontería
3. (= small amount) → insignificancia f
£5 is a mere triflecinco libras son una insignificancia
you could have bought it for a triflehubieras podido comprarlo por una insignificancia or por nada
4. a trifle (as adv) (= somewhat) → algo, un poquito
it's a trifle difficultes un poco or poquito difícil
we were a trifle put outquedamos algo desconcertados, nos quedamos un poquito desconcertados
5. (Culin) → dulce m de bizcocho borracho
trifle away VT + ADVmalgastar, desperdiciar
trifle with VI + PREPjugar con
to trifle with sbjugar con algn, tratar a algn con poca seriedad
he's not a person to be trifled withcon ése (es) mejor no meterse
to trifle with sb's affectionsjugar con los sentimientos de algn
to trifle with one's foodhacer melindres or remilgos a la comida

trifle

[ˈtraɪfəl]
n
(= unimportant thing) → broutille f, bagatelle f
(= thing of no value) → bagatelle f
(COOKERY)diplomate m
a trifle adv (= slightly) → un peu
a trifle long → un peu long
vi
to trifle with sb → traiter qn à la légère
not to be trifled with
Mitchell was not someone to be trifled with → Avec Mitchell, on ne plaisantait pas.

trifle

n
Kleinigkeit f; (= trivial matter)Lappalie f (inf), → Kleinigkeit f; the merest trifle upsets herdie geringste or kleinste Kleinigkeit regt sie auf; I’m so sorry — a trifle, don’t let it worry youes tut mir außerordentlich leid — das ist doch nicht der Rede wert, machen Sie sich deswegen keine Sorgen!
(= small amount)Kleinigkeit f; have some more cake — just a trifle, thank younoch etwas Kuchen? — bloß ein ganz kleines Stückchen, bitte; a trifle hot/small etcein bisschen heiß/klein etc; a trifle too …ein wenig or eine Spur zu …
(Brit Cook) → Trifle nt

trifle

[ˈtraɪfl] n
a. (unimportant thing) → cosa di poco valore, sciocchezza
he worries about trifles → si preoccupa per niente
it's a trifle difficult → è piuttosto difficile
a trifle long → un po' lungo/a
b. (Brit) (Culin) → zuppa inglese
trifle with vi + prepprendere alla leggera
he's not a person to be trifled with → non è una persona da prendere alla leggera
to trifle with sb's affections → giocare con i sentimenti di qn

trifle

(ˈtraifl) noun
1. anything of very little value. $100 is a trifle when one is very rich.
2. (a dish of) a sweet pudding made of sponge-cake, fruit, cream etc. I'm making a trifle for dessert.
ˈtrifling adjective
unimportant. a trifling amount of money.

trifle

تَافِه maličkost bagatel Kleinigkeit ψιλοπράγμα minucia, nimiedad pikkuseikka broutille sitnica zuppa inglese つまらないもの 시시한 것 kleinigheid bagatell drobnostka bagatela пустяк bagatell เรื่องเล็กๆ น้อยๆ önemsiz şey đồ lặt vặt 琐事
References in classic literature ?
There was a good deal of rustling and whispering behind the curtain, a trifle of lamp smoke, and an occasional giggle from Amy, who was apt to get hysterical in the excitement of the moment.
Yes, it was exactly like Lena, I told her; a comely woman, a trifle too plump, in a hat a trifle too large, but with the old lazy eyes, and the old dimpled ingenuousness still lurking at the corners of her mouth.
The lady in black, creeping behind them, looked a trifle paler and more jaded than usual.
The thing is but a trifle, and what you may often see if you tarry long among us," returned the scout, a good deal softened toward the man of song, by this unequivocal expression of gratitude.
And now, being a trifle choleric in his temperament, the lieutenant-governor uplifted the heavy hilt of his sword, wherewith he so beat and banged upon the door, that, as some of the bystanders whispered, the racket might have disturbed the dead.
This figure of tile study and the cloister, as Hester Prynne's womanly fancy failed not to recall, was slightly deformed, with the left shoulder a trifle higher than the right.
I was amazed, myself, at the spirit I had still in reserve, and therefore perhaps a trifle the more disconcerted at the way in which, in spite of this fine example of it, she hesitated.
The man who had addressed Haley, and who seemed not destitute of compassion, bought her for a trifle, and the spectators began to disperse.
They wore their plumed hats, right along, ex- cept that whenever one addressed himself directly to the king, he lifted his hat a trifle just as he was begin- ning his remark.
His face paled a trifle, and he leaned upon the table for support.
His hair was a little longer, his hands a little whiter, his shoes a little thinner, his manner a trifle more polished, than that of his soberer mates; indeed the only department of life in which he failed to shine was the making of sufficient money to live upon.
Trifle not with me, my Lord; I crave, I thirst, for more knowledge.