from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small sin or fault.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small flaw or sin.
  • n. A petty offense.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A slight trespass or offense; a petty crime; a trifling fault.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A slight trespass or offense; a petty crime or fault.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a petty misdeed


Spanish pecadillo, diminutive of pecado, sin, and Italian peccadiglio, diminutive of peccato, sin, both from Latin peccātum, from neuter of peccātus, past participle of peccāre, to sin; see ped- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish pecadillo, diminutive form of pecado ("sin"), from Latin peccatum ("sin, error, fault"), from peccō ("I sin, offend"). (Wiktionary)


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