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.

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