To trifle with
Trifle Tri"fle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Trifled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Trifling}.] [OE. trifelen, truflen. See {Trifle}, n.] To act or talk without seriousness, gravity, weight, or dignity; to act or talk with levity; to indulge in light or trivial amusements. [1913 Webster]

They trifle, and they beat the air about nothing which toucheth us. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • trifle with somebody — ˈtrifle with sb/sth derived (formal) (used especially in negative sentences) to treat sb/sth without genuine respect • He is not a person to be trifled with. • You should not trifle with someone s affection …   Useful english dictionary

  • trifle with something — ˈtrifle with sb/sth derived (formal) (used especially in negative sentences) to treat sb/sth without genuine respect • He is not a person to be trifled with. • You should not trifle with someone s affection …   Useful english dictionary

  • trifle with — PLAY WITH, amuse oneself with, toy with, dally with, flirt with, play fast and loose with; informal mess about with; dated sport with. → trifle * * * trifle with [phrasal verb] trifle with (someone or something) : to treat or deal with (someone… …   Useful english dictionary

  • trifle with — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms trifle with : present tense I/you/we/they trifle with he/she/it trifles with present participle trifling with past tense trifled with past participle trifled with 1) trifle with something to deal with… …   English dictionary

  • trifle with — verb a) to toy with b) to mock …   Wiktionary

  • trifle with — PHRASAL VERB: usu with brd neg If you say that someone is not a person to be trifled with, you are indicating to other people that they must treat that person with respect. [be V ed P] He was not someone to be trifled with... [V P n] No man in… …   English dictionary

  • trifle with me — be careless about my feelings, mind games, toy with me    When John forgot that he asked me to go to the dance, I felt he was trifling with me …   English idioms

  • trifle — trifle, toy, dally, flirt, coquet can all mean to deal with a person or thing without seriousness, earnestness, close attention, or purpose. Trifle, the most comprehensive term of the group, may be used interchangeably with any of the others,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • trifle — [trī′fəl] n. [ME < OFr trufle, mockery, dim. of truffe, deception] 1. something of little value or importance; trivial thing, idea, etc.; paltry matter 2. a small amount of money 3. a small amount or degree; bit 4. esp. in England, a dessert… …   English World dictionary

  • Trifle — Tri fle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Trifled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Trifling}.] [OE. trifelen, truflen. See {Trifle}, n.] To act or talk without seriousness, gravity, weight, or dignity; to act or talk with levity; to indulge in light or trivial amusements …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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