voyeur

[ vwah-yur, voi-; French vwa-yœr ]
/ vwɑˈyɜr, vɔɪ-; French vwaˈyœr /

noun, plural vo·yeurs [vwah-yurz, voi-; French vwa-yœr] /vwɑˈyɜrz, vɔɪ-; French vwaˈyœr/.

a person who engages in voyeurism.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. voyage,
  2. voyage charter,
  3. voyager,
  4. voyageur,
  5. voyageurs national park,
  6. voyeurism,
  7. voyeuristic,
  8. voyeuse,
  9. voysey,
  10. voznesenski

Compare Peeping Tom.

Origin of voyeur

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

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British Dictionary definitions for voyeur

voyeur

/ (vwaɪˈɜː, French vwajœr) /

noun

a person who obtains sexual pleasure or excitement from the observation of someone undressing, having intercourse, etc
Derived Formsvoyeurism, nounvoyeuristic, adjectivevoyeuristically, adverb

Word Origin for voyeur

C20: French, literally: one who sees, from voir to see, from Latin vidēre

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Medicine definitions for voyeur

voyeur

[ voi-yûr ]

n.

A person who derives sexual gratification from observing the naked bodies or sexual acts of others, especially from a secret vantage point.
An obsessive observer of sordid or sensational subjects.

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