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trifle (ˈtraɪfəl Pronunciation for trifle



  1. a thing of little or no value or significance
  2. a small amount; bit   ⇒ a trifle more enthusiasm
  3. (British) a cold dessert made with sponge cake spread with jam or fruit, soaked in wine or sherry, covered with a custard sauce and cream, and decorated
  4. a type of pewter of medium hardness
  5. articles made from this pewter


  1. (intransitive) usually foll by with to deal (with) as if worthless; dally   ⇒ to trifle with a person's affections
  2. to waste (time) frivolously

Derived Forms

ˈtrifler noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French trufle mockery, from trufler to cheat


View thesaurus entry
= unimportant matter or thing, trivia, technicality, minutiae
= very small amount, pittance, piddling amount, peanuts

Quotations including 'trifle'

  • "a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles" [William Shakespeare

Translations for 'trifle'

  • British English: triflePronunciation for trifle Trifles are things that are not considered important.She always took people's problems seriously, even when they were trifles and easily solved.ˈtraɪfl NOUNtriviality
  • Arabic: تَافِهPronunciation for تَافِه
  • Brazilian Portuguese: bagatelaPronunciation for bagatela
  • Chinese: 琐事Pronunciation for 琐事
  • Croatian: sitnicaPronunciation for sitnica
  • Czech: maličkostPronunciation for maličkost
  • Danish: bagatelPronunciation for bagatel
  • Dutch: kleinigheidPronunciation for kleinigheid
  • European Spanish: nimiedadPronunciation for nimiedad
  • Finnish: pikkuseikkaPronunciation for pikkuseikka
  • French: broutillePronunciation for broutille
  • German: KleinigkeitPronunciation for Kleinigkeit
  • Greek: ψιλοπράγμαPronunciation for ψιλοπράγμα
  • Italian: zuppa inglesePronunciation for zuppa inglese
  • Japanese: つまらないものPronunciation for つまらないもの
  • Korean: 시시한 것Pronunciation for 시시한 것
  • Norwegian: bagatellPronunciation for bagatell
  • Polish: drobnostkaPronunciation for drobnostka
  • Portuguese: bagatelaPronunciation for bagatela
  • Romanian: fleac fleacuri
  • Russian: пустякPronunciation for пустяк
  • Spanish: minuciaPronunciation for minucia
  • Swedish: bagatellPronunciation for bagatell
  • Thai: เรื่องเล็กๆ น้อยๆPronunciation for เรื่องเล็กๆ น้อยๆ
  • Turkish: önemsiz şeyPronunciation for önemsiz şey
  • Ukrainian: дрібниця
  • Vietnamese: đồ lặt vặtPronunciation for đồ lặt vặt
  • British English: trifle Trifle is a cold dessert made of layers of sponge cake, fruit gelatin, fruit, and custard, and usually covered with cream. NOUN...a bowl of trifle.dessert
  • Brazilian Portuguese: bobagem
  • Chinese: 屈莱弗甜食由蛋糕、果冻、水果、蛋奶沙司做成,上浇鲜奶油。屈莱萊弗甜食
  • European Spanish: dulce de bizcocho, gelatina, fruta y natillas
  • French: diplomate
  • German: Trifle
  • Italian: zuppa inglese
  • Japanese: トライフル
  • Korean: 트라이플 스펀지 케이크 등에 크림을 바른 영국식 디저트
  • Portuguese: estupidez
  • Spanish: postre dulce de bizcochuelo, gelatina, fruta y crema

Example Sentences Including 'trifle'

He had `debts in Mexico City'; he wanted to leave a ` trifle for his family '.
Christy Campbell FENIAN FIRE: The British Government Plot to Assassinate Queen Victoria (2002)
In a year when everything happened a trifle too fast, Tendulkar happened at exactly the pace we dreamt of.
India Today (1999)
In fact, there is much about politics that the ordinary mind finds a trifle fantastic.
Barnard, Robert Political Suicide
Keegan, despite his last experience in these matches, appeared a trifle edgy.
Sun, News of the World (1999)
Most of the fallers went down as though they had joined Delia Smith at the sherry trifle.
Sun, News of the World (2005)
Nevertheless, I pressed a button for our floor waiter and asked if it would be possible to have trifle.
Ottawa Sun (2003)
The commentary by host Michael Caton, right, definitely portrays poor Clive as a trifle pernickety.
Misc (1999)
The new school of Freedom critics were extremely prolific, if perhaps a trifle obscure.
Ian St James Awards At the Stroke of Twelve
Yorkshire pudding, snow peas topped with sliced almonds, bib lettuce with Roquefort dressing and probably a trifle for dessert.
Terman, Douglas Cormorant


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