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Peeping Tom

noun
1.
a person who obtains sexual gratification by observing others surreptitiously, especially a man who looks through windows at night.
Origin of Peeping Tom
1910-1915
1910-15; allusion to the legendary man who peeped at Lady Godiva as she rode naked through Coventry
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British Dictionary definitions for Peeping Tom

Peeping Tom

noun
1.
a man who furtively observes women undressing; voyeur
Word Origin
C19: after the tailor who, according to legend, peeped at Lady Godiva when she rode naked through Coventry
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Peeping Tom in Medicine

peeping Tom peep·ing Tom (pē'pĭng)
n.
A person who gets pleasure, especially sexual pleasure, from secretly watching others; a voyeur.

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Peeping Tom in Culture

peeping Tom definition


One who derives pleasure, usually sexual, from secretly spying on others. (See voyeurism.)

Note: The original “peeping Tom” was a legendary resident of the town where Lady Godiva rode naked through the streets. According to the story, Tom defied official orders by looking out his window as she went by and was struck blind.
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Idioms and Phrases with Peeping Tom

peeping Tom

A person who secretly watches others, especially for sexual gratification; a voyeur. For example, The police caught a peeping Tom right outside their house. This expression, first recorded in 1796, alludes to the legend of the tailor Tom, the only person to watch the naked Lady Godiva as she rode by and who was struck blind for this sin.
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