• WordNet 3.6
    • v trifle consider not very seriously "He is trifling with her","She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania"
    • v trifle act frivolously
    • v trifle waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently
    • n trifle something of small importance
    • n trifle a detail that is considered insignificant
    • n trifle a cold pudding made of layers of sponge cake spread with fruit or jelly; may be decorated with nuts, cream, or chocolate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Trifle A dish composed of sweetmeats, fruits, cake, wine, etc., with syllabub poured over it.
    • Trifle A thing of very little value or importance; a paltry, or trivial, affair. "With such poor trifles playing.""Trifles light as air
      Are to the jealous confirmation strong
      As proofs of holy writ."
      "Small sands the mountain, moments make year,
      And frifles life."
    • v. i Trifle To act or talk without seriousness, gravity, weight, or dignity; to act or talk with levity; to indulge in light or trivial amusements. "They trifle , and they beat the air about nothing which toucheth us."
    • Trifle To make of no importance; to treat as a trifle.
    • Trifle To spend in vanity; to fritter away; to waste; as, to trifle away money. "We trifle time."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trifle A jest; a joke; a pleasantry.
    • n trifle A trick; a fraud; a lie.
    • n trifle An idle speech or tale; vain or foolish talk; twaddle; nonsense; absurdity.
    • n trifle Anything of slight value or moment; a paltry matter; an insignificant fact, circumstance, object, amount, etc.: often used in the adverbial phrase a trifle: as, to feel a trifle annoyed.
    • n trifle A dish or confection consisting mainly of whipped cream or some light substitute, as the beaten whites of eggs, and usually containing fruit or almonds, and cake or pastry soaked in wine or brandy.
    • n trifle Common pewter, such as is used for ordinary utensils, composed of eighty parts of tin and twenty of lead.
    • trifle To jest; make sport; hence, to use mockery; treat something with derision, flippancy, or a lack of proper respect; often followed by with.
    • trifle To use trickery or deception; cheat; lie.
    • trifle To talk or act idly; busy one's self with trivial or useless things; act frivolously; waste one's time; dally; idle.
    • trifle To play, as by lightly handling or touching something; toy.
    • trifle To turn into jest or sport; hence, to treat lightly or flippantly; play with.
    • trifle To spend on trifles; pass idly or foolishly; waste; fritter: often followed by away.
    • trifle To utter or perform lightly or carelessly.
    • trifle To reduce to a trifle; make trivial or of no importance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Trifle trī′fl to act or talk lightly: to indulge in light or silly amusements: to waste or spend idly or unprofitably (with)
    • n Trifle anything of little value: a light confection of whipped cream or white of egg, with fruit, wine, &c
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  • Dwight L. Moody
    “Never think that Jesus commanded a trifle, nor dare to trifle with anything He has commanded.”
  • Titus Livy
    Titus Livy
    “Events of great consequence often spring from trifling circumstances.”
  • Michelangelo
    “Trifles make perfection, but perfection is no trifle.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “It is in the treatment of trifles that a person shows what they are.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Men are lead by trifles.”
  • Thomas Adams
    Thomas Adams
    “Passion costs me too much to bestow it on every trifle.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. trifle, trufle, OF. trufle, mockery, raillery, trifle, probably the same word as F. truffe, truffle, the word being applied to any small or worthless object. See Truffle


In literature:

He preferred to watch his companions, and now and then his glance was a trifle wistful.
"The Greater Power" by Harold Bindloss
It seemed such a prodigious amount for buying a few trifles.
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
The eggs are exactly the same or average a trifle larger.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
This was to be the graceful toy with which his unoccupied hands were to trifle.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Chicken Little knew cattle were often stampeded by mere trifles.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
People trifle with love.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 4 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
True, she falsely trifled with his love; but he, perhaps, was only trifling with her vanity.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Caleb Quirk a'n't a man to be trifled with!
"Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1." by Samuel Warren
The girl turned back her sleeve and showed a trifling wound.
"Stories of the Foot-hills" by Margaret Collier Graham
Now, of all this excess of sociability, Eanswyth was becoming a trifle weary.
"'Tween Snow and Fire" by Bertram Mitford
Should he be glad to think this woman nothing but a coquette, trifling now with one man and now with another?
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
But, joking apart, he is awfully nice, only a trifle too solemn, you know, like yourself; in fact, you would suit each other admirably.
"Renshaw Fanning's Quest" by Bertram Mitford
But he was too pleased to care, if he had noticed such trifles.
"Thirty" by Howard Vincent O'Brien
He pleads time's numerous blanks; he loudly pleads The straw-like trifles on life's common stream.
"Young's Night Thoughts" by Edward Young
I have the right now to know even the most trifling thing that passes through your mind.
"Maximina" by Armando Palacio Valdés
But, bless you, he was not used to mind such trifles!
"L'Arrabiata and Other Tales" by Paul Heyse
He had let his hair grow a trifle long for the occasion, so that it curled as softly as a Greek god's.
"Cinderella Jane" by Marjorie Benton Cooke
They thought, no doubt, he was unnecessarily abrupt in his methods, but they dispersed without trouble, if a trifle reluctantly.
"A Woman's Burden" by Fergus Hume
These are his chief charms, being mild and thoughtful, yet a trifle firm, and in perfect accordance with the upper part of his face.
"Mrs. Geoffrey" by Duchess
Not that this trifling circumstance ever disconcerted her.
"The Dodd Family Abroad, Vol. I.(of II)" by Charles James Lever

In poetry:

Then the King of Kanoodledum
He turned a trifle pale,
And so did he
Of Kanoodledee,
But they saw a passing sail!
"Two Old Kings" by Carolyn Wells
Careful then scatter the little things,
They make life drear and lonely,
Or strew its way with flowers gay,--
We live by trifles only.
"Only" by Madge Morris Wagner
The friends I made have slipped and strayed,
And who's the one that cares?
A trifling lot and best forgot-
And that's my tale, and theirs.
"The Leal" by Dorothy Parker
Accept this trifle, dear, and know
My blessing glides where'er you go.
May joy with her delightful breeze
Fan all your life, prays Eloise.
"(Lines Written To My Dear Friend)" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
Our lives through various scenes are drawn,
And vexed with trifling cares,
While thine eternal thought moves on
Thine undisturbed affairs.
"Hymn 67" by Isaac Watts
The wind that trifles round my city door,
Or whirls before me all the city's dust,
By the sea borrows its triumphant roar,
And lends its savage gust;
"In The City" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard

In news:

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