a minor fault or sin; a trivial offense, a petty crime ...1660 obs. rare
from peccadillo (n.) with the ending assimilated to -y
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1660 - see EXAMPLE below
"...There is great commerce of all wares and merchandise, of slaves especially, both males and females; 'tis but a peccadillie, for a Master to lye with his slave, but if she proves with child, the law enfranchises her, and she may go whither she pleases...."
From: The World Surveyed, or The Famous Voyages & Travailes of Vincent le Blanc, or White, of Marseilles
- Vincent Le Blanc
Translated by Francis Brooke