I've heard expressions such as "He's had his picadillos" or "The Picadillos of his youth".

But I can't seem to find any definitions on google (Maybe I'm just spelling it wrong? haha), only examples of forum-members, and the like, using the phrases in abstract context that I am unable to extrapolate a definition.

  • Good catch of Google's normally reliable ability to help with spelling errors. Nov 3, 2014 at 15:57
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    The word is spelled "peccadillo" Nov 3, 2014 at 18:31
  • I suspect that the misspelling shows the baleful influence of Tiparillo on innocent words of similar sound and inflection.
    – Sven Yargs
    May 26, 2015 at 6:14

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I can only imagine it comes from the Spanish word pecadillo, which means "small sin" or "minor sin". This would make sense in the examples you provided. Hope this helps!


I believe you're thinking of the word "peccadillo".

From Google:

pec·ca·dil·lo ˌpekəˈdilō noun

a small, relatively unimportant offense or sin.

Synonyms: misdemeanor, petty offense, indiscretion, lapse, misdeed

I'm sure we can overlook a few peccadilloes.


The Spanish is spelt "pecadillo" from "pecado" = sin and the , diminutive suffix "illo".


If you are asking about "picadillo" is a dish, mostly common in Central America. Are some vegetables turned into a hash and then cooked. I am not a native english speaker but I think that the literally traslate can be "chopped" Homever if you are saying "pecadillo" is another word. It is the root of the word "Pecado" (sin) and the derogative suffix form of the word itself, that is "illo" when is masculine and if is femenine "illa" For make the word smaller you add the suffix "ito" and "ita"

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    The question is clearly about a misspelling.
    – Nigel J
    Mar 22, 2018 at 6:22

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