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A little. I'm feeling a trifle hungry, but I don't want a big, heavy meal right now.
Fig. a tiny bit; a small, unimportant matter; a small amount of money. But this isn't expensive! It costs a mere trifle!
trifle something away (on someone or something)
to waste something, such as money, on someone or something, little by little. Don't trifle all your money away on your friends. Don't trifle away any more money on silly purchases.
trifle with someone or something
to act without seriousness or respect toward someone or something. Don't talk that way to me! I am not to be trifled with. I wish that Ann wouldn't trifle with our efforts at reform.
To play or toy with someone or something: Don't trifle with my affections. My strict boss is not someone to be trifled with.
A little; somewhat: a trifle stingy.