1. livin at the "rock bottom" of life; just gettin by
2. thug like, hustlin, selling, or "holding"
Everyone trying to be trife never face the consequences
you propably only did a month for minor offences
ask a nigga doing life if he had another chance
but then again there's always the wicked at new and advanced
dance forever with the devil on a code cell block
but thats what happens when you rape, murder and sell rock
devils used to be gods, angels that fell from the top
there's no diversity because we're burning in the melting pot

-Immortal technique- Dance With the Devil
by TylerCer April 5, 2006
A word used to describe someone who is acting annoying or bitty like. Trife can be used as a term of endearment or insult.
This trife girl in my class kept on asking questions so we didn't get out early.
by bittylover December 1, 2010
- somethin that is cool, hot, sick,
Yo, you see that new lexus? Hell yea that shit is mad trife son
by trife April 8, 2006
Noun.

A loose woman; a woman of the night.
Guy 1: Man, Chelsea has become such a skank!
Guy 2: Jeez, what a trife!
by promiscuousgrl October 11, 2007
Adjective. Being in a tough situation, being hopeless or helpless, living in poverty. Rough, difficult, troublesome.
A brother need food, you got to have food for your health
And clothes, gear to keep a steam on yourself
Son, shelter, a place to lay for rest when your stressed
Over life 'cause it's trife and aint no God gonna help you

- Dead Prez, Food Clothes and Shelter

It's real, grew up in trife life, did times or white line
The hype vice, murderous nighttimes, and knife fights invite crimes

- Nas, Memory Lane
by That's Capitalism October 7, 2010
an abbreviation for "trifling" or "triflin'" as used to describe something tasteless, something trashy something gross, something unattractive, or something undesireable
You see that ho wit her thong hangin out? That's trife.

Damn, bitch! You need to wash your cooch! you smellin trife up in here!
by ChrissyKiss December 13, 2007
1. Trifling. Unimportant.

2. Over-concerned with petty things.
"That girl is so trife, she's always spreading gossip."
by smack February 16, 2005