[ ped-uh-fahyl or, especially British, pee-duh- ]

  1. an adult who is sexually attracted to young children.

Origin of pedophile

First recorded in 1950–55; pedo-1 + -phile, or directly from Greek paidóphilos “loving children”
  • Also especially British, pae·do·phile [pee-duh-fahyl] /ˈpi dəˌfaɪl/ .
  • Also pedophiliac .

Words Nearby pedophile Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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