- n a cold pudding made of layers of sponge cake spread with fruit or jelly; may be decorated with nuts, cream, or chocolate
- n a detail that is considered insignificant
- n something of small importance
- v waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently
- v act frivolously
- v consider not very seriously
- Shelly gave birth to a healthy daughter weighing a trifle over six pounds.
- After victory, the political party organized huge celebration and the fanfare was a trifle excessive.
- Their attitude toward modern life is much the same both are tolerant, interested, but a trifle surprised at some of its phases, perhaps a trifle withdrawn from it.
News & Articles
- E. Oregon fire fears not eased by May rain
BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — A soggy end to May made Eastern Oregon's drought look a trifle less dire on paper, but Jason Simmons isn't worried about paper. He's worried about cheatgrass, and sagebrush, and junipers, and pines and firs -- all primed to burn due to this year's unusually dry start.
June 7, 2013 - KTVZ Bend
- Fire managers worry about fire season
By Jayson Jacoby/Baker City Herald BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) â A soggy end to May made Eastern Oregon's drought look a trifle less dire on paper, but Jason Simmons isn't worried about paper. He's worried about cheatgrass. And sagebrush and junipers and pines and firs. ...
June 7, 2013 - KTVL Medford
- Mike Wallace in CNNMoney.com
I've often replied, when asked, 'I'll retire when my toes turn up',Wallace said in a statement. "Well, they're just beginning to curl a trifle, which means that, as I approach my 88th birthday, it's become apparent to me that my eyes and...
- Terry Pratchett in Channel 4 News
Pratchett said: "It's a strange life when you 'come out' - people get embarrassed, lower their voices and get lost for words. When Milton's Satan stood in the pit of hell and raged at heaven, he was merely a trifle miffed compared to how I felt on...
- Jon Stewart in AlterNet
It's a trifle, it's nothing,Stewart said. "There's so many other things to talk about: Iraq, the collapse of some of our most prestigious financial institutions......right?"