Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

trifle - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb trifle pronunciation in American English /ˈtraɪf(ə)l/
Word Forms
present tense
present participletrifling
past tensetrifled
past participletrifled

phrasal verb

trifle with

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theytrifle with
he/she/ittrifles with
present participletrifling with
past tensetrifled with
past participletrifled with
  1. 1
    trifle with something to deal with something in a way that shows you do not have a serious attitude toward it
  2. 2
    trifle with someone to treat someone in a way that shows you do not respect them


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play