piffle

verb
pif·fle | \ ˈpi-fəl \
piffled; piffling\ˈpi-f(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of piffle 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to talk or act in a trivial, inept, or ineffective way

piffle

noun

Definition of piffle (Entry 2 of 2)

: trivial nonsense pseudo-scientific piffle

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Examples of piffle in a Sentence

Noun

His story is complete piffle. the belief that soda is made out of acid is just piffle

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Though often dismissed as superstitious piffle, ghosts have proved surprisingly durable. The Economist, "The evolution of the ghost," 28 Oct. 2017 This is music for thinking adults, a welcome antidote to the puerile piffle that currently dominates the airwaves. Randy Lewis, latimes.com, "Don Henley on Randy Newman: 'The most misunderstood and underappreciated recording artist alive'," 4 Aug. 2017 And how much nicer a sentence that is than all that life-ruining piffle about the atopic character of literary space, an indigestible confection that deserves to be tossed from one of Loving’s trains, to languish by the wayside forever. Simon Winchester, New York Times, "Hollywood: ‘Stanley Kubrick and Me,’ and More JUNE 1, 2016," 1 June 2016 Rihanna’s involvement in this piece of joyful piffle is a sign of a few important trends in pop. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Summer of Cornball Superproducers," 5 July 2017

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First Known Use of piffle

Verb

1847, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for piffle

Verb

perhaps blend of piddle and trifle

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Dictionary Entries near piffle

piezo resonator

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piffero

piffle

piffler

piffling

pif paf

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The first known use of piffle was in 1847

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piffle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of piffle

: words or ideas that are false or silly

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