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trifle
American English: /ˈtraɪfəl/
British English: /ˈtrʌɪf(ə)l/

Translation of trifle in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 1.1 countable (trivial thing) don't waste your time on trifles
    no pierdas el tiempo en nimiedades
    your problem is a mere trifle compared to mine
    tu problema no es nada or es una nimiedad comparado con el mío
    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.
    1.2 (small amount) (no plural) it only cost a trifle
    costó una insignificancia or una bagatela
    show a trifle more interest!
    ¡a ver si muestras un poquitín or una pizca más de interés!
    it's a trifle too salty (as adverb)
    está un poquitín or un pelín salado [colloquial]
    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.
  • 2 uncountable or countable (Cookery)
    (postre de bizcocho, jerez, crema y frutas)
    sopa (feminine) inglesa (River Plate area)
    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.

Phrasal verbs

trifle with

verb + preposition + object
(person/emotions)
jugar con
she is not a person to be trifled with
no es una persona con la que se pueda jugar
to trifle with somebody's affections
jugar con los sentimientos de alguien

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