Piffle vs Riffle - What's the difference?

piffle | riffle |


As nouns the difference between piffle and riffle

is that piffle is nonsense, foolish talk while riffle is a fast-flowing, shallow part of a stream causing broken water.

As verbs the difference between piffle and riffle

is that piffle is to act or speak in a futile, ineffective, or nonsensical manner while riffle is to flow over a fast moving shallow part of a stream.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

piffle

English

Noun

(-)
  • Nonsense, foolish talk.
  • * 1998 , The Economist, Walking: More than gadding about
  • The wafflier the piffle , the more sharply Mr Nicholson wields his skewer.

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Verb

    (piffl)
  • To act or speak in a futile, ineffective, or nonsensical manner.
  • To waste, to fritter away.
  • Synonyms

    * (act or speak in a futile manner) trifle, twaddle

    References

    riffle

    English

    Noun

    (wikipedia riffle) (en noun)
  • A fast-flowing, shallow part of a stream causing broken water.
  • A succession of small waves.
  • A trough or sluice having cleats, grooves, or steps across the bottom for holding quicksilver and catching particles of gold when auriferous earth is washed. Also one of the cleats, grooves or steps in such trough.
  • A quick skim through the pages of a book.
  • The act of shuffling cards; the sound made while shuffling cards.
  • Derived terms

    * cheater riffle

    Verb

    (riffl)
  • To flow over a fast moving shallow part of a stream.
  • To ruffle with a rippling action.
  • To skim or flick through the pages of a book.
  • To leaf through rapidly.
  • To shuffle playing cards by separating the deck in two and sliding the thumbs along the edges of the cards to mix the two parts.
  • To idly manipulate objects with the fingers.
  • To prepare samples of material using a riffler.