1. A thing of very little value or importance; a paltry, or trivial, affair.
With such poor trifles playing. --Drayton.
Trifles light as air
Are to the jealous confirmation strong
As proofs of holy writ. --Shak.
Small sands the mountain, moments make year,
And frifles life. --Young.
2. A dish composed of sweetmeats, fruits, cake, wine, etc., with syllabub poured over it.
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·fle, v. t.
1. To make of no importance; to treat as a trifle. [Obs.]
2. To spend in vanity; to fritter away; to waste; as, to trifle away money. “We trifle time.”
n 1: jam-spread sponge cake soaked in wine served with custard
2: a detail that is considered insignificant [syn: technicality,
3: something of small importance [syn: triviality, trivia,
v 1: waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently [syn: piddle,
wanton, wanton away, piddle away]
2: act frivolously [syn: frivol]
3: consider not very seriously; "He is trifling with her"; "She
plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania" [syn: dally,