Webster 1913 Edition
truflemockery, raillery, trifle, probably the same word as F.
truffetruffle, the word being applied to any small or worthless object. See
A thing of very little value or importance; a paltry, or trivial, affair.
With such poor
Trifleslight as air
Are to the jealous confirmation strong
As proofs of holy writ.
Small sands the mountain, moments make year,
A dish composed of sweetmeats, fruits, cake, wine, etc., with syllabub poured over it.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To act or talk without seriousness, gravity, weight, or dignity; to act or talk with levity; to indulge in light or trivial amusements.
trifle, and they beat the air about nothing which toucheth us.
To trifle with,
to play the fool with; to treat without respect or seriousness; to mock; as, to trifle with one’s feelings, or with sacred things.
To make of no importance; to treat as a trifle.
To spend in vanity; to fritter away; to waste;“We trifle time.”
Webster 1828 Edition
With such poor trifles playing.
Moments make the year, and trifles, life.
Are to the jealous confirmations strong.
They trifle, and they beat the air about nothing which toucheth us.
1.To indulge in light amusements.
To trifle with, to mock; to play the fool with; to treat without respect or seriousness.
To trifle with, to spend in vanity; to waste.
To trifle away, to no good purpose; as, to trifle with time, or to trifle away time; to trifle with advantages.