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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


Synonymsfrivol


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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