Definition of peccadillo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpɛkəˈdɪləʊ/

noun (plural peccadilloes or peccadillos)

A relatively minor fault or sin: the sexual peccadilloes of celebrities aren’t necessarily news
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  • A series of minor government ministers was involved in a variety of sexual peccadilloes and had to resign.
  • A serious lie is told to cover a minor peccadillo.
  • Their sexual peccadillos, family differences and even flaws of personal character were commonly regarded as their own business, not the public's.
misdemeanour, minor offence, petty offence, delinquency;
indiscretion, lapse, misdeed, infraction, error, slip
informal slip-up


Late 16th century: from Spanish pecadillo, diminutive of pecado 'sin', from Latin peccare 'to sin'.

Words that rhyme with peccadillo

armadillo, billow, cigarillo, Murillo, Negrillo, pillow, tamarillo, Utrillo, willow

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Line breaks: pecca|dillo

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