[ US /ˈtɹaɪfəɫ/ ]
[ UK /tɹˈa‍ɪfə‍l/ ]
  1. a detail that is considered insignificant
  2. something of small importance
  3. a cold pudding made of layers of sponge cake spread with fruit or jelly; may be decorated with nuts, cream, or chocolate
  1. act frivolously
  2. waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently
  3. consider not very seriously
    She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania
    He is trifling with her
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How To Use trifle In A Sentence

  • If you've been to the crossroads, and made the deal, and got the mojo — which turns out to be dependent on a great deal of hard work and practice, just like sleight-of-hand — wouldn't you maybe get a trifle riled by that kind of misjudgment from time to time? Cops and Robbers
  • In wartime, heroes come into being in times of crisis; in peacetime, they come into existence by doing trifles in everyday life.
  • As for the remaining four songs, 'Wrapped Around Your Finger' and 'Tea In The Sahara' are doomy ciphers, the former possibly about marriage, the latter open to a handful of interpretations, none of them exactly upbeat, while 'Synchronicity I' is a trifle explaining the title concept and the monster hit 'Every Breath You Take', is ostensibly a trite love song with it's icy and obsessive core just barely concealed. Synchronicity
  • His background is a trifle dubious, to say the least.
  • If you plant where savages are, do not only entertain them, with trifles and gingles, but use them justly and graciously, with sufficient guard nevertheless; and do not win their favor, by helping them to invade their enemies, but for their defence it is not amiss; and send oft of them, over to the country that plants, that they may see a better condition than their own, and commend it when they return. The Essays
  • My task is to winnow through what remains after the onslaught and pick up unconsidered trifles they might have missed. THE FIVE MILLION DOLLAR PRINCE
  • Coffee leads men to trifle away their time.
  • Eat In nearby Boshum, the Millstream's millstream.com £50 tasting menu features roquefort mousse with pickled pears, smoked haddock and leek ravioli, summer fruit and elderflower trifle. Five great beach weekends
  • He was cheered to the echo and, a trifle remarkably, joyously, and continually, waved to the thousands who were acclaiming him.
  • There were cold meats of every kind, huge bowls of mixed salads, large desserts, trifles, jellies tarts and mince pies, and also some very interesting looking hors d' oeuvres.
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