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piffle definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: trivial nonsense [syn: balderdash, fiddle-faddle, piffle] v
1: speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly [syn: chatter, piffle, palaver, prate, tittle- tattle, twaddle, clack, maunder, prattle, blab, gibber, tattle, blabber, gabble]
2: act in a trivial or ineffective way

Merriam Webster's

I. intransitive verb (piffled; piffling) Etymology: perhaps blend of piddle and trifle Date: circa 1878 to talk or act in a trivial, inept, or ineffective way II. noun Date: 1890 trivial nonsense <pseudo-scientific piffle>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. colloq. --n. nonsense; empty speech. --v.intr. talk or act feebly; trifle. Derivatives: piffler n. Etymology: imit.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Piffle Pif"fle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Piffled; p. pr. & vb. n. Piffling.] To be sequeamish or delicate; hence, to act or talk triflingly or ineffectively; to twaddle; piddle. [Dial. or Slang]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Piffle Pif"fle, n. Act of piffling; trifling talk or action; piddling; twaddle. [Dial. or Slang] ``Futile piffle.'' --Kipling.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

If you describe what someone says as piffle, you think that it is nonsense. (INFORMAL) He talks such a load of piffle. = rubbish [disapproval]

Moby Thesaurus

babble, balderdash, baloney, bilge, blabber, blah, blah-blah, blather, blatherskite, bop, bosh, bull, bullshit, bunk, bunkum, crap, drivel, drool, flapdoodle, gabble, gas, gibber, gibble-gabble, guff, gup, hogwash, hokum, hooey, hot air, jabber, malarkey, moonshine, poppycock, prate, prattle, rattle, rot, scat, shit, talk nonsense, tommyrot, tripe, twaddle, twattle, vapor, waffle, wind

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