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[编辑] GRE 红宝书

  • n.微不足道, 琐事
  • [英] n.微不足道, 琐事 ( something of little value, substance, or importance)
  • [同] 参考: trivia ( 琐事)
  • [例] waste time on trifles

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I. noun

  • Etymology: Middle English trufle, trifle, from Anglo-French trufle, triffle fraud, trick, nonsense
  • Date: 14th century
  • 1. something of little value, substance, or importance
  • 2. a dessert typically consisting of plain or sponge cake often soaked with wine or spirits (as brandy or rum) and topped with layers of preserves, custard, and cream

II. verb (trifled; trifling)

  • Etymology: Middle English truflen, triflen, from Anglo-French trufler to trick, talk nonsense
  • Date: 14th century
  • intransitive verb
    • 1.
      • a. to talk in a jesting or mocking manner or with intent to delude or mislead
      • b. to treat someone or something as unimportant
    • 2. to handle something idly
  • transitive verb
    • to spend or waste in trifling or on trifles
  • ? trifler noun
  • Synonyms:
    • trifle, toy, dally, flirt, coquet mean to deal with or act toward without serious purpose. trifle may imply playfulness, unconcern, indulgent contempt <to trifle with a lover's feelings>. toy implies acting without full attention or serious exertion of one's powers<a political novice toying with great issues>. dally suggests indulging in thoughts or plans merely as an amusement<dallying with the idea of building a boat someday>. flirt implies an interest or attention that soon passes to another object<flirted with one fashionable ism after another>. coquet implies attracting interest or admiration without serious intention<companies that coquet with environmentalism solely for public relations>.

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