voyeur

voyeur

[vwah-yur, voi-; French vwa-yœr]
noun, plural voyeurs [vwah-yurz, voi-; French vwa-yœr] .
a person who engages in voyeurism.
Compare Peeping Tom.


Origin:
1915–20; < French, equivalent to voi(r) to see (< Latin vidēre) + -eur -eur

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voyeur (vwaɪˈɜː, French vwajœr)
 
n
a person who obtains sexual pleasure or excitement from the observation of someone undressing, having intercourse, etc
 
[C20: French, literally: one who sees, from voir to see, from Latin vidēre]
 
vo'yeurism
 
n
 
voyeur'istic
 
adj
 
voyeur'istically
 
adv

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voyeur
a scopophiliac, 1900, from Fr. voyeur (1898), lit. "one who views or inspects," from voir "to view," from L. videre "to see" (see vision). Voyeurism first recorded 1924.
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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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