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piffling

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj 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"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • piffling Trifling; insignificant; twaddling.
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Pep without purpose is piffle.”
  • Daisy Ashford
    Daisy Ashford
    “My own idea is that these things are as piffle before the wind.”

Usage

In literature:

No, upon reflection, I think I should rather describe it as a conglomeration of piffle, patriotism and pyrotechnics.
"The Certain Hour" by James Branch Cabell
I expect he's written a lot of piffle.
"Bab: A Sub-Deb" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
The others are mere piffle.
"The Wouldbegoods" by E. Nesbit
Piffle of that kind only goes when there are more engineers than jobs.
"The Girl From Keller's" by Harold Bindloss
Piffling business, I call it, this interfering with private correspondence.
"A Rock in the Baltic" by Robert Barr
The thing that matters is that you are talking piffle, you poor fish.
"Right Ho, Jeeves" by P. G. Wodehouse
To Jane, oppressed with her two secrets, all at once their conversation seemed the dreariest piffle.
"The Apartment Next Door" by William Andrew Johnston
Well; first, I knew my daughter couldn't be the piffling lunatic who does your war cookery articles.
"The Title" by Arnold Bennett
Why, they are all as tall as you are, except Piffles.
"The Honorable Percival" by Alice Hegan Rice
But la, there, what wots your trickling whey of that coal-piffling Prince of Flies!
"Henry Brocken" by Walter J. de la Mare
They are, Alicia informs me, purple piffle.
"A Woman Named Smith" by Marie Conway Oemler
He became more witty, more masterful, while the repartee of his adversaries sank to wretched piffle.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
And they're only piffling tin-horns, after all.
"The Iron Furrow" by George C. Shedd
You say that he took this means of leaving the money to you, that the trust thing is all piffle, and all that sort of thing.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
This was no piffling little Gizeh pyramid, no simple tomb for a king.
"The Sky Is Falling" by Lester del Rey
They had the vicar and old frumps in to tea, and she had to listen to their piffle.
"The Hand in the Dark" by Arthur J. Rees
Earthly marriages are piffling in comparison with that ceremony.
"The Skylark of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
Of course, if you want to frightfully you can; but I think kissing's rather piffle.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
Oh I see said the Earl but my own idear is that these things are as piffle before the wind.
"The Young Visiters or, Mr. Salteena's Plan" by Daisy Ashford
It does sound rather piffle.
"Play the Game!" by Ruth Comfort Mitchell
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In poetry:

"Party ties shall never hold me when I hear Australia call,
Through my service to the nation do I seek to stand or fall.
And to talk election piffle in the House, if I be sent
There to work, I'll deem an insult to the folk I represent.
"The Candid Candidate" by C J Dennis

In news:

Cindy Sheehan's Sinister Piffle .
Scatological orientalist piffle aside, there's no reason US troops can't be culturally sensitive and attuned to threats in their midst at the same time.
Kelly's Five-Part Infidelity Song Drama Hits Operatic Heights And Plummets Into Mundane Piffle.
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