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tri·fle / ˈtrīfəl/ • n. 1. a thing of little value or importance: we needn't trouble the headmaster over such trifles. ∎  [in sing.] a small amount of something: the thousand yen he'd paid seemed the merest trifle. 2. chiefly Brit. a cold dessert of sponge cake and fruit covered with layers of custard, jelly, and cream. • v. [intr.] 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 affections. 2. archaic talk or act frivolously: we will not trifle—life is too short. ∎  [tr.] (trifle something away) waste (something, esp. time) frivolously. PHRASES: a trifle a little; somewhat: his methods are a trifle eccentric.DERIVATIVES: tri·fler / -f(ə)lər/ n.

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trifle †false or idle tale XIII; matter of little value; trinket, knick-knack XIV; slight piece, small sum XVI; light confection. ME. truf(f)le — OF., by-form of truf(f)e deceit, gibe, of unkn. orig.
Hence trifle vb. XIV (earlier †bitrufle cheat, delude XIII).

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trifle Cold dessert made from sponge cake soaked in fruit juice or sweet wine, covered with custard sauce and whipped cream, and decorated.

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triflebaffle, raffle, snaffle •falafel •piffle, riffle, skiffle, sniffle, whiffle •nymphal • apocryphal •Eiffel, rifle, stifle, trifle •coffle, offal, waffle •duffel, kerfuffle, muffle, ruffle, scuffle, shuffle, snuffle, truffle •triumphal

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