Trifle

Definition of Trifle

Tri´fle
n.1.A thing of very little value or importance; a paltry, or trivial, affair.
With such poor trifles playing.
- Drayton.
Small sands the mountain, moments make year,
And frifles life.
- Young.
2.A dish composed of sweetmeats, fruits, cake, wine, etc., with syllabub poured over it.
v. i.1.To act or talk without seriousness, gravity, weight, or dignity; to act or talk with levity; to indulge in light or trivial amusements.
[imp. & p. p. Trifled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Trifling .]
They trifle, and they beat the air about nothing which toucheth us.
- Hooker.
To trifle with
to play the fool with; to treat without respect or seriousness; to mock; as, to trifle with one's feelings, or with sacred things.
v. t.1.To make of no importance; to treat as a trifle.
2.To spend in vanity; to fritter away; to waste; as, to trifle away money.

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