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  1. tri·fle
  2. noun

    • 1. a thing of little value or importance:

      we needn't trouble the headmaster over such trifles
      Synonym : unimportant thing/matter, trivial thing/matter, triviality, thing/matter of no consequence, thing/matter of no importance, bagatelle, inessential, nothing, technicality, trivia, minutiae, bauble, trinket, knickknack, gimcrack, gewgaw, toy, whatnot, doodah
    • 2. a small amount of something:

      the thousand yen he'd paid seemed the merest trifle
      Synonym : very small amount, next to nothing, hardly anything, pittance, peanuts, piddling amount, chump change
    • 3. a cold dessert of sponge cake and fruit covered with layers of custard, jelly, and cream:

      syllabubs, trifles, and other dishes bowls of trifle followed


    • 1. treat (someone or something) without seriousness or respect:

      he is not a man to be trifled with men who trifle with women's affections
    • 2. talk or act frivolously:

      we will not trifle—life is too short
    • 3. waste something, especially time, frivolously:

      he had trifled away two months at a task which should have taken a week
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: trifle, plural noun: trifles

    • v.: verb: trifle, 3rd person present: trifles, gerund or present participle: trifling, past tense: trifled, past participle: trifled

  4. Phrase

    • noun

      a thing of little value or importance:

      a small amount of something:

    • verb

      treat without seriousness or respect:

      talk or act frivolously:

    • a little; somewhat
    • a little; somewhat
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