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"trifle" in British English

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triflenoun

uk   us   /ˈtraɪ.fl̩/
  • trifle noun (SWEET DISH)

[C or U] a ​sweetcolddish consisting of a ​layer of ​fruit and ​cake, a ​layer of ​custard (= ​thick, ​sweet, ​yellowsauce) and a ​toplayer of ​cream: a ​sherry trifle
  • trifle noun (UNIMPORTANT THING)

[C] formal a ​matter or ​object of little ​value or ​importance: I ​brought a few trifles back from ​India - ​pieces of ​jewellery and ​fabricmainly.a trifle slightly: I'm a trifle ​confused about the ​arrangements for ​tonight.
(Definition of trifle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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triflenoun [C]

 us   /ˈtrɑɪ·fəl/
a ​matter or ​item of little ​value or ​importancea trifle A trifle ​meansslightly or to a ​smalldegree: He ​admits to being a trifle ​nervous before every show.
trifling
adjective  us   /ˈtrɑɪ·flɪŋ/
It was such a trifling ​sum of ​money to ​argue about.
(Definition of trifle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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