- a person who obtains sexual gratification by observing others surreptitiously, especially a man who looks through windows at night.
Origin of Peeping Tom
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- a man who furtively observes women undressing; voyeur
Word Origin for Peeping Tom
- A person who gets pleasure, especially sexual pleasure, from secretly watching others; a voyeur.
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.