a person who obtains sexual gratification by observing others surreptitiously, especially a man who looks through windows at night.
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How to use Peeping Tom in a sentence
He had been playing "Peeping Tom" and the ball had caught him squarely upon his woolly crown.Peggy Stewart at School | Gabrielle E. Jackson
Napier himself was too aware of a Peeping-Tom unseemliness in looking in upon these privacies to stand there watching.The Messenger | Elizabeth Robins
It remained for "Peeping-Tom" to think of a gas-mask in connection with this scheme.13 Days | John Alan Lyde Caunter
British Dictionary definitions for Peeping Tom
a man who furtively observes women undressing; voyeur
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Cultural definitions for peeping Tom
One who derives pleasure, usually sexual, from secretly spying on others. (See voyeurism.)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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