Piffle vs Hokey - What's the difference?
As a noun piffle
is nonsense, foolish talk.
As a verb piffle
is to act or speak in a futile, ineffective, or nonsensical manner.
As an adjective hokey is
(us|colloquial) phony, as if a hoax; noticeably contrived; of obviously flimsy credibility or quality.
Nonsense, foolish talk.
* 1998 , The Economist,
Walking: More than gadding about
- The wafflier the piffle , the more sharply Mr Nicholson wields his skewer.
* See also
To act or speak in a futile, ineffective, or nonsensical manner.
To waste, to fritter away.
* (act or speak in a futile manner) trifle, twaddle
* hokie, hoaky, hoky
(US, colloquial) phony, as if a hoax; noticeably contrived; of obviously flimsy credibility or quality
* When asked for his book report, Chad came up a series of hokier''' and '''hokier excuses, until he finally admitted that he hadn’t done it at all.
* I thought the bargain-priced windshield wiper blades were a little hokey when I saw their cheap packaging, but when they flew off the end of the wiper during a rainstorm, I knew for sure.
(US, colloquial) corny; overly or unbelievably sentimental
* Terry hated going to the cinema with Pat, as Pat always chose hokey romantic comedies that made Terry want to gag.
* (fake) phony
* (sentimental) cheesy, corny, kitschy