noun, plural pec·ca·dil·loes, pec·ca·dil·los.
Origin of peccadillo
Examples from the Web for peccadillo
In fact, homicide on the frontier, as compared with horse-stealing, is a peccadillo.Frontier Folk|George Booth
And yet what sin had he committed against her, save the peccadillo of locking her for an hour or two in a comfortable room?Mr. Prohack|E. Arnold Bennett
Don Benito had him flogged for some peccadillo, and he has loved him, thirsted to show his love for the family ever since.The Treasure of Pearls|Gustave Aimard
Bribery, a crime capital among the Pagans, is already a peccadillo among us.Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather|Charles W. Upham
Already, he was a little too fond of his liquor—a peccadillo which attracted little attention in that age of the careless city.The Readjustment|Will Irwin
British Dictionary definitions for peccadillo
noun plural -loes or -los
Word Origin for peccadillo
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.).