- 1A thing of little value or importance: we needn’t trouble the headmaster over such triflesMore example sentences
- It appears that you have finally realized the importance of trifles, but you have not yet learned what to do with them.
- Today's scripted trifles are the most important trivia of his life.
- At times the whole world seems to be in conspiracy to importune you with emphatic trifles.
- 1.1 [in singular] A small amount of something: the thousand yen he’d paid seemed the merest trifleMore example sentences
- It seems 100 million won is a trifle as the value system of money is shaken and the social function of money is faltering in the raging Lotto syndrome.
- The £2.50 or so I try and save is a mere trifle, but I am obsessed by it.
- It cost me but a trifle.
- 2British A cold dessert of sponge cake and fruit covered with layers of custard, jelly, and cream.More example sentences
- There were cold meats of every kind, huge bowls of mixed salads, large desserts, trifles, jellies tarts and mince pies, and also some very interesting looking hors d' oeuvres.
- Whether it comes as a traditional bowl of fruit and Jersey cream or a rich trifle, vivid ice cream or cool cheesecake, the combination is an unmissable part of the British summer.
- Sherry, brandy, and Marsala add flavour and an alcoholic kick to creamy puddings such as trifle, syllabub, cranachan, brose, tiramisu, zabaglione, and egg nog.
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- 1 (trifle with) Treat (someone or something) without seriousness or respect: he is not a man to be trifled with men who trifle with women’s affectionsMore example sentences
- But this is too serious a matter to trifle with, and it's too heartfelt an issue.
- Important nations are feared, respected, and rarely trifled with.
- Genuine low self-esteem is nothing to trifle with.
- 2 • archaic Talk or act frivolously: we will not trifle—life is too shortMore example sentences
- It means the act of dallying, flirting, toying or trifling.
- Have they not, as Paul says, become vain in their disputations, always trifling about universals, formalities, connotations, and various other foolish words?
- Coffee leads men to trifle away their time.
- 2.1 [with object] (trifle something away) Waste something, especially time, frivolously.More example sentences
- God supplied Adam with a suitable stock, but he trifled it away.
- And yet we can afford to trifle it away; yea, and to allow ourselves in this, and wilfully to cast off the greatest works of God.
- He is trifling it away; but no matter.
- A little; somewhat: his methods are a trifle eccentricMore example sentences
- These gadgets, though a trifle expensive at first, brought the theatre sound right into the living room, to the great delight of those who could afford the powerful systems.
- As the number has swelled, the attention that tourism has got from the Government and the big business houses has made the small and medium entrepreneurs a trifle uneasy.
- This commentary is a trifle self-indulgent, actually.
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- Our suspicion that his was not a room for triflers was confirmed by the wine list, which had the heft of a big-city phone book.
- Once the poets and the sages were held to be pleasing triflers, fit for hours of relaxation in the lulls of war.
- You are not the callous trifler you pretend to be.
Middle English (also denoting an idle story told to deceive or amuse): from Old French trufle, by-form of trufe 'deceit', of unknown origin. The verb derives from Old French truffler 'mock, deceive'.