trifle may imply playfulness, unconcern, indulgent contempt.
to trifle with a lover's feelings
toy implies acting without full attention or serious exertion of one's powers.
a political novice toying with great issues
dally suggests indulging in thoughts or plans merely as an amusement.
dallying with the idea of building a boat someday
flirt implies an interest or attention that soon passes to another object.
flirted with one fashionable ism after another
coquet implies attracting interest or admiration without serious intention.
companies that coquet with environmentalism solely for public relations
Examples of trifle in a Sentence
There's no reason to argue over such trifles.
The money is a mere trifle to me. Verb
do not trifle with me unless you mean to ask me to marry you
spent a lazy afternoon trifling on the front porch
Recent Examples on the Web
Not worth it, to risk annoying your husband over a trifle.—Joyce Carol Oates, Harper's Magazine, 10 July 2023 Sliced in half, these would be a great GF substitute in icebox cakes, trifles, or tiramisu.—Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 28 July 2023 This layered beauty combines the flavors and colors of ambrosia with the impressive presentation and taste of a trifle.
These gorgeous bars pay homage to one of our favorite vintage recipes, ambrosia.—Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 10 July 2023 The challenges that remain, the obstacles between the club and the achievement that represents the absolute, unavoidable culmination of Abu Dhabi’s vision for soccer, are hardly trifles.—Rory Smith, New York Times, 19 Apr. 2023 For a fancier treat, try going the Italian way and make this quick affogato trifle recipe for dessert tonight.—Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Nov. 2022 For the briefest of moments, Harlan Crow looks a trifle sheepish.—Christopher Helman, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2023 If The Bear is a hearty beef bourguignon—complex, with many different notes and dark tensions roiling underneath—the movie is more of a trifle, ethereal and fruity, but not without layers and meaningful sentiments of its own.—Chloe Schama, Vogue, 10 July 2023 Pile your trifle bowl high with toffee candy, Cool Whip, and two delicious shortcuts: brownie mix and pudding mix.—Hallie Milstein, Southern Living, 12 June 2023
Pitt trifled away millions of Chateau Miraval’s dollars on vanity projects at the estate to ensure that the previously highly profitable wine label did not make Jolie and Nouvel any money, according to their complaint.—Rachel Shin, Fortune, 11 July 2023 But others, in my experience, have just been trifling.—Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 14 June 2023 The everyday cadences of the film, the trifling conversations about flowers and kids and neighbors and hand-me-down clothes and where to live, are clearly meant to be relatable.—Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 22 May 2023 Throughout the book, matters of politics or patriotism are steamrolled by corporations, which (like the rocket) transcend nations and their trifling differences.—John Semley, WIRED, 16 Feb. 2023 Of course, for the heavily black work force in and around Detroit that can’t retreat to a vacation home, such an inconvenience is trifling by comparison.—Jonathan Martin, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2020 But these are trifling compared to the headaches caused by street protests.—Max De Haldevang, Quartz, 1 Apr. 2020 But given the attention his company has been getting from the government, the strict confidentiality employees willingly stick to, and the small early demos depicted, Amaya is clearly not to be trifled with.—Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, 6 Mar. 2020 The pair enjoy spreading the word about the cook who fed the wranglers and wasn’t one to be trifled with.—Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, 15 Feb. 2020 See More
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Middle English trufle, trifle, from Anglo-French trufle, triffle fraud, trick, nonsense
Middle English truflen, triflen, from Anglo-French trufler to trick, talk nonsense