Definition of piffling in English:



  • Trivial; unimportant.

    ‘it was recorded in a basement for a piffling two grand’
    • ‘And, once again, I discovered that while my journey into work may last only a piffling ten minutes, in some cases it can seem like an eternity.’
    • ‘Don't sacrifice a hard-won legacy and long-term strength for piffling short-term gain.’
    • ‘Just remember to keep your eyes peeled for the following picturesque piffling places.’
    • ‘On a slow week you can top the charts with a piffling 30,000 sales.’
    • ‘The only weak point, and it's piffling, is the dodgy soundtrack.’
    • ‘This amounts to a piffling seventy pence per grand invested per year - wow, I'd like some of that!’
    • ‘Her minor, piffling persona and relatively plain features render her ineffective as a fiery femme fatale.’
    • ‘The business of government, or at least its public presentation, is grinding to a halt because of something which, at the end of the day, is pretty piffling.’
    • ‘You also then get the option to have all your documents backed up every night for a piffling extra £3 a month.’
    • ‘This is a piffling amount, considering the millions of pounds of public lottery cash which has been spent on fabulous reconstructions of the city's cultural palaces.’
    • ‘It's important because whether we like it or not, an unstoppable and inevitable change is about to begin that will make all the previous technological advances seem piffling.’
    • ‘I'm from some piffling town in the Ottawa Valley.’
    • ‘Although they lost a piffling $100,000 on the unintended sale, some industry experts feel it is a small price to pay for the kind of publicity the airline website got.’
    • ‘Australia itself does not even have any long bridges - the longest in the country is still the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which is absolutely piffling by international standards.’
    • ‘Of our teenagers, 40 per cent have been dead drunk more than 10 times in the past 12 months, compared with a piffling seven per cent of French teenagers.’
    • ‘For instance, it has 84.84 calories per 100g, compared with a piffling 51 Ca for blueberries, 37 for strawberries and 49 for raspberries.’
    • ‘Despite this, he was sentenced for causing death by careless driving, a piffling little charge when you consider how many lives he has shattered.’
    • ‘For all the bluster, Britain's ‘refugee crisis’ remains piffling compared to the size of the true environmental problem.’
    • ‘It's left mostly to the actors to bring the premise to life, recreating the piffling small talk, self-congratulation and unease that are the chump change of real-life social intercourse.’
    • ‘Besides revealing our solar system to be far more cluttered than astronomers had suspected, these piffling objects are providing new clues about what conditions were like during the system's infancy.’
    inadequate, insufficient, tiny, small, minimal, trifling, paltry, pitiful
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