Origin of Peeping Tom
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Word Origin for Peeping Tom
One who derives pleasure, usually sexual, from secretly spying on others. (See voyeurism.)
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.