Definition of trifle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtraɪfl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtraɪfl//
    Sweets and desserts
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  1. 1a trifle [singular] (used as an adverb) (formal or humorous) slightly She seemed a trifle anxious. He was just a trifle too friendly for my liking.
  2. 2[countable] something that is not valuable or important There’s no point worrying over such trifles. $1 000 is a mere trifle to her. Unconsidered trifles such as elastic bands were frequently pilfered from the office.
  3. 3 [countable, uncountable] (British English) a cold dessert (= a sweet dish) made from cake and fruit with wine and/or jelly poured over it, covered with custard and cream See related entries: Sweets and desserts
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (also denoting an idle story told to deceive or amuse): from Old French trufle, by-form of trufe ‘deceit’, of unknown origin. The verb derives from Old French truffler ‘mock, deceive’.
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