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

 

trifle

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈtraɪfl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtraɪfl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they trifle
BrE BrE//ˈtraɪfl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtraɪfl//
 
he / she / it trifles
BrE BrE//ˈtraɪflz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtraɪflz//
 
past simple trifled
BrE BrE//ˈtraɪfld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtraɪfld//
 
past participle trifled
BrE BrE//ˈtraɪfld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtraɪfld//
 
-ing form trifling
BrE BrE//ˈtraɪflɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtraɪflɪŋ//
 
 
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Word Origin Middle 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’. Phrasal Verbstrifle with somebody
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: trifle

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