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trifle

tri·fle

trifle

 
 
pronunciation:
traI fl
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb
phrases:
a trifle
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: something that has very little value or importance.
His objections were about mere trifles.
synonyms:
bagatelle, toy, trinket, triviality
similar words:
bauble, bijou, doodad, gimcrack, nothing, token
definition 2: a small amount or quantity, esp. of money.
synonyms:
bit, little
similar words:
atom, dab, drop, fraction, iota, jot, lick, modicum, pinch, pittance, scrap, shred, smidgen, speck, touch, whit
definition 3: a dessert made of layers of fruit or jam, custard or whipped cream, and cake that has often been soaked in wine.
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phrase: a trifle
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: trifled, trifles, trifling
definition 1: to treat something or someone lightly, without proper respect or seriousness (usu. fol. by with).
Don't trifle with a loaded gun.
synonyms:
dally, flirt, fool, play, toy
similar words:
dabble, disrespect, monkey, putz
definition 2: to toy or amuse oneself with something or someone.
synonyms:
dally, fool, mess around, play, toy
similar words:
dabble, flirt, monkey, putz
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to spend (time) wastefully or idly.
She trifled away three hours.
synonyms:
dally, dawdle, idle, laze, loaf
similar words:
linger, lounge, waste, while
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derivation: trifler (n.)