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voyeur

[vwah-yur, voi-; French vwa-yœr] /vwɑˈyɜr, vɔɪ-; French vwaˈyœr/
noun, plural voyeurs
[vwah-yurz, voi-; French vwa-yœr] /vwɑˈyɜrz, vɔɪ-; French vwaˈyœr/ (Show IPA)
1.
a person who engages in voyeurism.
Compare Peeping Tom.
Origin of voyeur
1915-1920
1915-20; < French, equivalent to voi(r) to see (< Latin vidēre) + -eur -eur
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  • He ate with such visible pleasure that Perry felt like a voyeur.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • It was obviously not the case of a voyeur spying on others—not with the kind of excitement the running man had shown.

    Eight Keys to Eden Mark Irvin Clifton
British Dictionary definitions for voyeur

voyeur

/vwaɪˈɜː; French vwajœr/
noun
1.
a person who obtains sexual pleasure or excitement from the observation of someone undressing, having intercourse, etc
Derived Forms
voyeurism, noun
voyeuristic, adjective
voyeuristically, adverb
Word Origin
C20: French, literally: one who sees, from voir to see, from Latin vidēre
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Word Origin and History for voyeur
n.

a scopophiliac, 1900, from French voyeur (1898), literally "one who views or inspects," from voir "to view," from Latin videre "to see" (see vision).

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voyeur in Medicine

voyeur voy·eur (voi-yûr')
n.

  1. A person who derives sexual gratification from observing the naked bodies or sexual acts of others, especially from a secret vantage point.

  2. An obsessive observer of sordid or sensational subjects.

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