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
They cannot figure out why a sexual peccadillo is given so much attention.
When some brave souls pointed out that the peccadillo was a notoriously flightless bird they were hung, drawn and hacked up into bite-sized portions as a precaution.
It is an action between friends, just as my silence on the subject of your peccadillo is a friendly action.
(Soundbite of laughter) Ms. POUNDSTONE: I don't know, you know, I have a silly peccadillo which is that I call body parts by their names.
And how, exactly, do you sugarcoat the following as a "peccadillo":
It is not easy to render this term by a short and apt English term; "peccadillo" would come near the meaning.
An Islamic movement that upholds Islamic principles and values like Pas cannot afford to see that kind of peccadillo creeping into its workings.
The Times continues to treat communism as a cute campus peccadillo like pot smoking or nude streaking.
Nick Clegg's U-turn on student fees is a trivial peccadillo compared with his infinitely more damaging U-turn on public spending.
Unhappy ghosts lurk everywhere in these corridors, waiting to pounce on anyone with a sexual peccadillo or illicit skeleton in their designer closets.