Definitions of trifle

  1. consider not very seriously; " He is trifling with her"; " She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania"
  2. act frivolously
  3. waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently
  4. something of small importance
  5. a detail that is considered insignificant
  6. jam- spread sponge cake soaked in wine served with custard sauce
  7. Trifling.
  8. A thing of very little value or importance; a paltry, or trivial, affair.
  9. A dish composed of sweetmeats, fruits, cake, wine, etc., with syllabub poured over it.
  10. To act or talk without seriousness, gravity, weight, or dignity; to act or talk with levity; to indulge in light or trivial amusements.
  11. To make of no importance; to treat as a trifle.
  12. To spend in vanity; to fritter away; to waste; as, to trifle away money.
  13. Anything of little value or importance.
  14. To act or talk without seriousness; to daily.
  15. To waste or fritter away. A triffle, a little.
  16. Trifler.
  17. Trified.
  18. To act or talk lightly: to indulge in light or silly amusements: to waste or spend idly or unprofitably.
  19. Anything of little value: a light kind of dish.
  20. Anything of little value.
  21. To act or talk lightly.
  22. To waste in trifling.
  23. To sport; dally.
  24. Anything of very little value.
  25. A thing of very little value or importance; a dish of sponge- cakes soaked in wine, and covered with jam, cream, and whisked eggs.
  26. To act or talk with levity; to indulge in light amusements. To trifle with, to play the fool with; to spend in vanity.
  27. A thing of little value or importance; a small light cake or confection flavoured and tinctured with a spirituous liquor.
  28. To act or talk lightly; to indulge in light or silly amusements; to spend or waste unprofitably.

Antonyms for trifle

buckle, plod, strive, plow, beaver, slog, plug, wade, apply, give, bang away.

Quotes of trifle

  1. Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it... Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle – Marcus Aurelius
  2. We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none. – Christian Nestell Bovee
  3. Possibly you are not aware of the fact that the largest sum given by any contributor to the fund is but a trifle when compared with the losses suffered by nearly all the firms in the cotton trade during the disastrous years of the American war. – John Bright
  4. Virtue knows that it is impossible to get on without compromise, and tunes herself, as it were, a trifle sharp to allow for an inevitable fall in playing. – Samuel Butler
  5. The trifle now inscribed with your name. was occasioned by a particular fact; but to the disgrace of human nature, the subject is sufficiently general to interest every heart not totally impenetrable. – Thomas Day
  6. The charity that is a trifle to us can be precious to others. – Homer
  7. Beware how you trifle with your marvelous inheritance, this great land of ordered liberty, for if we stumble and fall, freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin. – Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
  8. Strong, generous, and confident, she has nobly served mankind. Beware how you trifle with your marvellous inheritance, this great land of ordered liberty, for if we stumble and fall freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin. – Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
  9. Never think that Jesus commanded a trifle nor dare to trifle with anything He has commanded. – Dwight L. Moody
  10. A trifle consoles us, for a trifle distresses us. – Blaise Pascal
  11. Power and position often make a man trifle with the truth. – George A. Smith

Usage examples for trifle

  1. " Just a trifle he said gravely. – The Man with a Shadow by George Manville Fenn
  2. " If he were a respectable Hindu, religious and obedient to the law of caste, it might be a trifle early; but in this case the man has been dead to the family ever since his return from England. – The Outcaste by F. E. Penny
  3. It would only be returning a trifle of all you have done for me. – My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
  4. Ned seemed for a moment a trifle disconcerted. – Simon by J. Storer Clouston
  5. I fancy he looked forward to the adventure, and is a trifle disappointed this morning. – Foe-Farrell by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  6. Well, my game is a trifle different. – Quick Action by Robert W. Chambers
  7. Also, my dear sir, please use a trifle of common sense. – Dear Enemy by Jean Webster
  8. But I must confess I was a trifle startled." – Ashton-Kirk, Investigator by John T. McIntyre
  9. Mrs. Richards's tone was a trifle too eager. – The Blood Red Dawn by Charles Caldwell Dobie
  10. But I did expect there would be a trifle more light. – Ted and the Telephone by Sara Ware Bassett
  11. Well, then, do not trifle with me any longer, but repeat at once all that you heard him say. – The Vicar of Wrexhill by Mrs [Frances] Trollope
  12. Perhaps I was a trifle too soon. – Arms and the Woman by Harold MacGrath
  13. Yes, my lad, I am, and not above winning a trifle or losing it. – The Second String by Nat Gould
  14. Trifle with me no more. – The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  15. The inspector looked a trifle uncomfortable. – A Queen's Error by Henry Curties
  16. Of course it must be a trifle dull at times ... – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  17. Do not be alarmed, that was only a trifle – Floyd Grandon's Honor by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  18. " I hope I ain't kept you waitin', Peachy," he remarked, a trifle breathlessly. – The Loves of Ambrose by Margaret Vandercook
  19. Don't you value that pretty little head more than to trifle with me? – The Pirate Woman by Aylward Edward Dingle
  20. I will not trifle with you, Pearl. – Lily Pearl and The Mistress of Rosedale by Ida Glenwood

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