Pronunciation: (trī'ful), [key]
—n., v., -fled, -fling.
1. an article or thing of very little value.
2. a matter, affair, or circumstance of trivial importance or significance.
3. a small, inconsiderable, or trifling sum of money.
4. a small quantity or amount of anything; a little: She's still a trifle angry.
5. a literary, musical, or artistic work of a light or trivial character having no great or lasting merit; bagatelle.
6. a kind of pewter of medium hardness.
7. trifles,articles made of this.
8. English Cookery.a dessert usually consisting of custard and cake soaked in wine or liqueur, and jam, fruit, or the like.
1. to deal lightly or without due seriousness or respect: Don't trifle with me!
2. to play or toy by handling or fingering: He sat trifling with a pen.
3. to act or talk in an idle or frivolous way.
4. to pass time idly or frivolously; waste time; idle.
to pass or spend (time) idly or frivolously (usually fol. by away).
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