American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To talk or act feebly or futilely.
- n. Foolish or futile talk or ideas; nonsense.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To do something (or nothing) in a lazy, ineffective way; idle; dawdle; talk idly or nonsensically.
- To be squeamish.
- n. Something trifling or nonsensical; trifling talk; twaddle.
- n. Nonsense, foolish talk.
- v. To act or speak in a futile, ineffective, or nonsensical manner.
- v. To waste, to fritter away.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Dial. or Slang To be sequeamish or delicate; hence, to act or talk triflingly or ineffectively; to twaddle; piddle.
- n. Dial. or Slang Act of piffling; trifling talk or action; piddling; twaddle.
- v. speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
- v. act in a trivial or ineffective way
- n. trivial nonsense
- Unknown, 1847. Perhaps blend of piddle and trifle, perhaps puff (“(onomatopoeia, puff of air)”) + -le (“diminutive”). (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He uses the word piffle but he doesn't sheet it home to a person, he refers to the statement itself, which is piffle, after all.”
“In his speech Cameron will resurrect his claim - once described by the London mayor, Boris Johnson, as "piffle" - that society is "broken".”
“While we read these feeble arguments, which the newspapers would call piffle, how can we escape the conviction that evolution is in desperate need of argument?”
“In his speech Cameron will resurrect his claim – once described by the London mayor, Boris Johnson, as "piffle" – that society is "broken".”
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“Evidence, consitutional safeguards, attorneys, that kind of piffle that Padilla trashed.”
“But this indulgence in "piffle" has led us away from the main entrance, and we must come back to the floor of the _salon_ in which our reception was being conducted.”
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“Ursy, who pronounced the whole thing "piffle," and, as gentle chaff for”
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