piffle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v piffle act in a trivial or ineffective way
    • v piffle speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
    • n piffle trivial nonsense
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Piffle Act of piffling; trifling talk or action; piddling; twaddle. "Futile piffle ."
    • v. i Piffle To be sequeamish or delicate; hence, to act or talk triflingly or ineffectively; to twaddle; piddle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • piffle To do something (or nothing) in a lazy, ineffective way; idle; dawdle; talk idly or nonsensically.
    • piffle To be squeamish.
    • n piffle Something trifling or nonsensical; trifling talk; twaddle.
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Pep without purpose is piffle.”
  • Daisy Ashford
    Daisy Ashford
    “My own idea is that these things are as piffle before the wind.”

Usage

In literature:

That's all piffle about Hoky having any confederate except me.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
Maybe it's only a piffling pocket, and we'll get souped for our pains.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
The dear lady who delights in "piffle," and to whom "pifflage" is the very breath of life, had also her niche in our affairs.
"A Fantasy of Mediterranean Travel" by S. G. Bayne
Rather piffle, I call that part about enjoying the speeches in the British Empire.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
We all felt that it was simply piffle to talk copy-book to one so disappointed as our unfortunate brother.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
He might as well have sat by his fire and read a piffling novel.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
You half hate our little piffling customs, and yet they've bound you hand and foot because they're what you're used to.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
I dressed 'Lovers' Ends' for E. and K. in 1789, and the costumes kept the piffling play alive for two months.
"Blue-grass and Broadway" by Maria Thompson Daviess
You know I hate messing my hands with that sort of piffle.
"A Great Man" by Arnold Bennett
Why don't you cut out all this piffling holy talk and go in for something you can do?
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
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In poetry:

"Party ties shall never hold me when I hear Australia call,
Through my service to the nation do I seek to stand or fall.
And to talk election piffle in the House, if I be sent
There to work, I'll deem an insult to the folk I represent.
"The Candid Candidate" by C J Dennis

In news:

Cindy Sheehan's Sinister Piffle .
Scatological orientalist piffle aside, there's no reason US troops can't be culturally sensitive and attuned to threats in their midst at the same time.
Kelly's Five-Part Infidelity Song Drama Hits Operatic Heights And Plummets Into Mundane Piffle.
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