noun, plural pec·ca·dil·loes, pec·ca·dil·los.

a very minor or slight sin or offense; a trifling fault.

Origin of peccadillo

1585–95; < Spanish pecadillo, diminutive of pecado sin < Latin peccātum transgression, noun use of neuter of past participle of peccāre to err, offend

Synonyms for peccadillo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for peccadilloes

indiscretion, impropriety, misdemeanor, vice

Examples from the Web for peccadilloes

Contemporary Examples of peccadilloes

Historical Examples of peccadilloes

  • All little failings, peccadilloes, and asperities are strictly fined.

    Dolly Reforming Herself

    Henry Arthur Jones

  • At this point I recalled all the peccadilloes which most troubled my conscience.


    Leo Tolstoy

  • But you cannot saddle him, in the flesh or out of it, with your peccadilloes.

    The Firebrand

    S. R. Crockett

  • I began to be sorry for this man, in spite of his peccadilloes.

    Dolly Dialogues

    Anthony Hope

  • My sins were all peccadilloes; I always respected my neighbor's property—my neighbor's wife.

    The Europeans

    Henry James

British Dictionary definitions for peccadilloes


noun plural -loes or -los

a petty sin or trifling fault

Word Origin for peccadillo

C16: from Spanish pecadillo, from pecado sin, from Latin peccātum, from peccāre to transgress
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Word Origin and History for peccadilloes



"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.).

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