piffle

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Etymology[edit]

Unknown, 1847. Perhaps blend of piddle and trifle, perhaps puff ((onomatopoeia, puff of air)) +‎ -le (diminutive).[1]

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piffle (uncountable)

  1. Nonsense, foolish talk.

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piffle (third-person singular simple present piffles, present participle piffling, simple past and past participle piffled)

  1. To act or speak in a futile, ineffective, or nonsensical manner.
  2. To waste, to fritter away.

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  1. ^ piffle” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).