AskDefine | Define pitfall

Dictionary Definition



1 an unforeseen or unexpected or surprising difficulty [syn: booby trap]
2 a trap in the form of a concealed hole [syn: pit]

User Contributed Dictionary



pit + fall


  • italbrac UK: , /ˈpɪtfɔːl/, /"pItfO:l/
  • italbrac US: , /ˈpɪtfɑl/, /"pItfAl/


  1. a potential problem, hazard, or danger that is easily encountered but not immediately obvious.
    It's usually a simple task, but you should know the pitfalls before you attempt it yourself.
  2. In the context of "computing": An anti-pattern.

Derived terms


potential problem, hazard, or danger
  • Dutch: valkuil
  • French: piège
  • German: Fallstrick
  • Hungarian: verem, csapda, kelepce

Extensive Definition

Pitfall refers to a series of video games:
Pitfall may also refer to:
pitfall in German: Pitfall

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Dionaea, bait, baited trap, booby trap, catch, cobweb, coral heads, danger, deadfall, deathtrap, decoy, difficulty, entanglement, firetrap, flytrap, gin, hazard, ironbound coast, ledges, lee shore, lure, meshes, mine, mole trap, mousetrap, peril, pit, quicksands, rattrap, risk, rockbound coast, rocks, sandbank, sandbar, sands, set gun, shallows, shoals, snag, snare, spring gun, springe, toils, trap, trapfall, undercurrent, undertow, web
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