piffling


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pif·fle

 (pĭf′əl)
intr.v. pif·fled, pif·fling, pif·fles
To talk or act feebly or futilely.
n.
Foolish or futile talk or ideas; nonsense.

[Origin unknown.]
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piffling

(ˈpɪflɪŋ)
adj
worthless, trivial
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pif•fling

(ˈpɪf lɪŋ)

adj. Informal.
of little worth; trifling.
[1890–95]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.piffling - (informal) small and of little importance; "a fiddling sum of money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"; "a little (or small) matter"; "a dispute over niggling details"; "limited to petty enterprises"; "piffling efforts"; "giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
unimportant - not important; "a relatively unimportant feature of the system"; "the question seems unimportant"
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piffling

adjective (Informal) trivial, petty, trifling, insignificant, little, pants (informal), useless, fiddling, worthless, unimportant, paltry, Mickey Mouse (slang), puny, derisory, measly (informal), piddling (informal), crappy (slang), toytown (slang), poxy (slang), nickel-and-dime (U.S. slang), wanky (taboo slang), chickenshit (U.S. slang) some piffling dispute regarding visiting rights
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Translations

piffling

[ˈpɪflɪŋ] ADJ [dispute, task] → de poca monta, insignificante; [excuse] → absurdo, ridículo; [sum, amount] → ridículo, irrisorio
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

piffling

[ˈpɪflɪŋ] adjinsignifiant(e)
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

piffling

adj (inf)lächerlich
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

piffling

[ˈpɪflɪŋ] (fam) adjinsignificante
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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