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Trifle, vb. 1) intr. to act or talk without the becoming seriousness: “this is --ing,” Tp. III, 1, 79. “for Hamlet and the --ing of his favour,” Hml. I, 3, 5. “I feared he did but t. and meant to wreck thee,” II, 1, 112. Followed by with, == to play with: “how love can t. with itself,” Gent. IV, 4, 188. “the cardinals t. with me,” H8 II, 4, 236. “I do t. thus with his despair,” Lr. IV, 6, 33. “I thus would play and t. with your reverence,” Oth. I, 1, 133.
2) trans. a) to make a trifle of, to make trivial: “this sore night hath --d former knowings,” Mcb. II, 4, 4.
b) to waste in levity: “we t. time,” Merch. IV, 1, 298. “we t. time away,” H8 V, 3, 179.
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