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]

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  • trifled — tri·fle || traɪfl n. matter or object of small value or importance; small amount of something; artistic work of no lasting significance; type of pewter; dessert made from sponge cake layered with whipped cream and fruit v. amuse oneself, toy,… …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • to be trifled with — phrasal : to be treated lightly or disrespectfully with impunity no man to be trifled with the text is not to be trifled with like a king not to be trifled with Alfred Tennyson …   Useful english dictionary

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  • 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 — /ˈtraɪfəl / (say truyfuhl) noun 1. an article or thing of small value. 2. a matter of slight importance; a trivial or insignificant affair or circumstance. 3. a small, inconsiderable, or trifling sum of money. 4. a small quantity or amount of… …   Australian English dictionary

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