Gut Rumbles

September 02, 2004


I used that term in an email today and totally confused my reader.

Can anybody define what "piffle" means? I can. That's why I used the word. It was appropriate for the situation.

Okay... what does "piffle" mean?


Acting or speaking in a nasty way

Posted by: amy on September 2, 2004 04:19 PM

Piffle: to talk or act in a trivial, inept, or ineffective way

Etymology: perhaps blend of piddle and trifle


n. Foolish or futile talk or ideas; trivial nonsense

Posted by: horse with no-- on September 2, 2004 04:20 PM

A piffle is that bit of skin that is snipped off at a male circumcision. The part that remains is the pifflebat.

Posted by: Johnny Knuckles on September 2, 2004 04:43 PM

I've only heard the term in polite company. It means "bullshit!"

Posted by: Brett on September 2, 2004 05:01 PM

No, you ACCUSED me of said offense.

...and don't expect me to know the meaning of shit you make up.

The sound you described is called a "rasberry," not a "piffle."

(...and your readers can back me up on that.)

Posted by: Key on September 2, 2004 05:38 PM

Depends on the context. As a noun, "trivial nonsense". As a verb, "to prattle on incessantly about trivial nonsense".

Talking to/about a woman, were you? (ducking) Couldn't resist ;-)

Posted by: tybee mike on September 2, 2004 05:40 PM

Piffle, as in 'piffle on it' = something nice little catholic girls say instead of 'to hell with it'!

Posted by: Michele on September 2, 2004 05:40 PM

oops, I see my (sarcastic) question was answered before I hit the "post" button. No offense intended, Key. I'll leave that for others. ;-)

Posted by: tybee mike on September 2, 2004 05:44 PM

Dammmmnnn you spelled it wrong initially...are you drinking this evening????

I kept doing searches for Piffel.....Arrgghh!!!

Posted by: Zbabe on September 2, 2004 06:00 PM

Isn't "piffle" the sound a woman's nether regions makes when totally satisfied and... Oh, wait, never mind. That's a quebe.

Posted by: Mamamontezz on September 2, 2004 06:17 PM

I think I'd like to know the rest of the story. Then again maybe I don't.

Piffle is in the dictionary. it translates as bullshit.

Raspberry is like thpthpthpthpthpthpthpthpthpthp

Paint your toenails red again, Key, he'll be putty in your hands.

Posted by: StinKerr on September 2, 2004 07:21 PM


Posted by: Jay Solo on September 2, 2004 07:23 PM

Yeah, I have always heard "piffle" from old ladies too ladylike to say "Bullshit!"

Posted by: Stoney on September 2, 2004 08:00 PM

It's a polite term for crap. For instance, my mother used to say "I'm going to beat the fucking piffle out of you".

Posted by: Velociman on September 2, 2004 08:12 PM

Sorta like Ted Kennedy, personally I like Kipling:


1. [n] trivial nonsense
2. [v] act in a trivial or ineffective way
3. [v] speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly

Synonyms: balderdash, blab, blabber, chatter, clack, fiddle-faddle, gabble, gibber, maunder, palaver, prate, prattle, tattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle

See Also: act, babble, behave, blather, blether, blither, do, hokum, meaninglessness, mouth, nonsense, nonsensicality, smatter, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize



\Pif"fle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Piffled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
To be sequeamish or delicate; hence, to act or talk
triflingly or ineffectively; to twaddle; piddle. [Dial. or


\Pif"fle\, n.
Act of piffling; trifling talk or action; piddling; twaddle.
[Dial. or Slang] ``Futile piffle.'' --Kipling.

Posted by: Jack on September 2, 2004 10:30 PM

Hope the acidman stays high and dry this weekend,,,good luck!

Posted by: Michele on September 3, 2004 03:38 AM

I use "piffle" often - and I use it in place of "bullshit" in polite or high ranking company when needed. My workplace is kinda sensitive about expletives in front of the public - but "piffle" sounds downright aristocratic.

Acidman, be safe out there.

Posted by: Jay on September 3, 2004 05:05 AM

Good luck with all the piffle that Frances may throw your way.

Posted by: Florida Bill on September 3, 2004 08:26 AM

Rob, what nonsense!

Posted by: Bob on September 3, 2004 10:02 AM

I always thought the auditory version of "piffle" was

Posted by: Trish on September 3, 2004 11:29 AM

Okay, PEOPLE, then by YOUR definitions our boy Rob misused the word.

He said it was when you purse your lips and make a "fart noise" with your mouth.

THAT is not a piffle.


I'm right. He's wrong. ...and he'll never admit it. (Go ahead Rob; make a liar outta me, but I won't be around to accept the to the lake.)

Posted by: Key on September 3, 2004 01:38 PM

it's the same thing as "pshaw" !!!

Posted by: Marianne on September 3, 2004 03:54 PM

Raspberry is a berry. Other spellings I've seen include; rasberry, razzberry, razzleberry and razdberry.
A lot of illiterate people out there that piffle.

Posted by: Wichi Dude on September 3, 2004 07:12 PM
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