Definition of piffle in US English:


noun & exclamation

  • Nonsense.

    • ‘Will you stop interrupting me with such piffle?’
    • ‘I read a lot of facts most of which seemed absolute piffle, but I do think I ended up thinking that perhaps a properly controlled hunt is the best way of getting rid of a pest.’
    • ‘His conclusion may be largely correct - how he claims to arrive there is a pyramid of piffle.’
    • ‘A few relics of the pre-video area still survive, however, and Metro Cinema is bringing in two of the best examples of the rockumentary and one entertaining piece of piffle from those bygone days for your delectation.’
    • ‘But, in practice, a government can make up any old piffle and call a poll to suit its own agenda.’
    • ‘So much for the strategic plan and the visionaries who drafted it, not to mention subsequent strategic plans whose piffle is somewhat more restrained, but no more helpful.’
    • ‘This will be easy enough if you're a regular reader and thus fairly familiar with the sort of piffle I write here - but even if this isn't the case, give it a go.’
    • ‘It isn't the sort of promotional piffle that usually finds its way onto DVD releases.’
    • ‘I can't keep writing this piffle about this area alone, you know.’
    • ‘This sort of elitist piffle doubtless does wonders for the ego of those who espouse it, while pre-emptively discounting contrary opinions, which by definition originate in a philistine mindset.’
    • ‘I guess in scary times such as those that are upon us now, we need diverting bits of piffle to raise our spirits.’
    • ‘In the grand scheme of things, our 300,000 people is a mere piffle.’
    • ‘I have long been of the opinion that a considerable amount of piffle is spoken and written about the Irish language and the place and status it should have in our culture.’
    • ‘And yet you know this is just more empty-headed piffle.’
    • ‘I won't mention what this trite, simplistic, sloganeering piffle moves me to, but it has nothing to do with naming children.’
    • ‘Talking sentimental piffle, he staggers over to Isobel before I had time to react.’
    • ‘But there's a daunting heap of whimsical fairy-land nonsense and idiotic eastern-flavoured piffle to struggle through before you get to the bits you're likely to remember.’
    • ‘Yeah, I know, it's piffle, but it gives me a way to go forward.’
    • ‘While I was waiting for him to call, I grew more and more afraid that he'd get angry at me for wasting his time with piffle.’
    • ‘Can it really be true that he himself pens this trite piffle?’
    nonsense, rubbish, garbage, claptrap, balderdash, blather, blether, moonshine
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Mid 19th century: diminutive of imitative piff-.