Peeping Tom Definition

pēpĭng
noun
A Coventry tailor who was struck blind after peeping at Lady Godiva.
Webster's New World
A person who gets pleasure, esp. sexual pleasure, from watching others, esp. furtively.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Peeping Tom

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Singular:
peeping Tom
Plural:
peeping-toms

Origin of Peeping Tom

  • After the legendary Peeping Tom of Coventry, England, who was the only person to see the naked Lady Godiva

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Peeping Tom, a tailor in the legend of Lady Godiva who watched Godiva riding naked.

    From Wiktionary

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