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English noun: trifle

1. trifle (food) a cold pudding made of layers of sponge cake spread with fruit or jelly; may be decorated with nuts, cream, or chocolate

Broader (hypernym)pud, pudding

Narrower (hyponym)tipsy cake

2. trifle (cognition) a detail that is considered insignificant

Synonymstechnicality, triviality

Broader (hypernym)detail, item, point

3. trifle (artifact) something of small importance

Synonymssmall beer, trivia, triviality

Broader (hypernym)object, physical object

Narrower (hyponym)bagatelle, fluff, frippery, frivolity

English verb: trifle

1. trifle (stative) waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently

Synonymspiddle, piddle away, wanton, wanton away

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)drop, expend, spend

2. trifle (social) act frivolously


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)act, behave, do

3. trifle (cognition) consider not very seriously

SamplesHe is trifling with her.
She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania.

ExamplesSam wants to trifle with Sue

Synonymsdally, play

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)consider, deal, look at, take

Verb groupdally, flirt, play, toy

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