- a very minor or slight sin or offense; a trifling fault.
Origin of peccadillo
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Examples from the Web for peccadillo
In the world's eyes a matrimonial slip outweighs a peccadillo.Evan Harrington, Complete
There is such family loyalty that every peccadillo is consecrated.The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6
Augustus J. C. Hare
Rain, exposure at dewfall on the searocks, a peccadillo at my time of life.Ulysses
But had he not atoned for this peccadillo fifty-fold by the results of his absence?
In fact, homicide on the frontier, as compared with horse-stealing, is a peccadillo.Frontier Folk
- a petty sin or trifling fault
Word Origin and History for peccadillo
"slight sin," 1590s (earlier in corrupt form peccadilian, 1520s), from Spanish pecadillo, diminutive of pecado "a sin," from Latin peccatum "a sin, fault, error," noun use of neuter past participle of peccare "to miss, mistake, make a mistake, do amiss; transgress, offend, be licentious, sin," perhaps literally "to stumble," from a PIE verbal root *ped- "to walk, stumble, fall," related to the root of foot (n.).