Meaning of “trifle” in the English Dictionary

"trifle" in British English

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uk /ˈtraɪ.fəl/ us /ˈtraɪ.fəl/

trifle noun (SWEET DISH)

[ C or U ] a sweet cold dish consisting of a layer of fruit and cake, a layer of custard (= thick, sweet, yellow sauce) and a top layer of cream:

a sherry trifle


[ C ] formal a matter or object of little value or importance:

I brought a few trifles back from India - pieces of jewellery and fabric mainly.
a trifle


I'm a trifle confused about the arrangements for tonight.

(Definition of “trifle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"trifle" in American English

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triflenoun [ C ]

us /ˈtrɑɪ·fəl/

a matter or item of little value or importance

a trifle

A trifle means slightly or to a small degree:

He admits to being a trifle nervous before every show.
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)