Tri·fle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Trifled p. pr. & vb. n. Trifling ] To act or talk without seriousness, gravity, weight, or dignity; to act or talk with levity; to indulge in light or trivial amusements.
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.
Tri·fling a. Being of small value or importance; trivial; paltry; as, a trifling debt; a trifling affair. -- Tri*fling*ly, adv. -- Tri*fling*ness, n.
adj : not worth considering; "he considered the prize too paltry
for the lives it must cost"; "piffling efforts"; "a
trifling matter" [syn: negligible, paltry]
n : the deliberate act of wasting time instead of working [syn:
dalliance, dawdling, wasting time]