Voyeur meaning

voi-yûr
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A person who derives sexual pleasure from secretly observing other people, especially when such people are engaged in some sexual activity.
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An enthusiastic observer of sordid or sensational subjects.
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A person who has an exaggerated interest in viewing, esp. furtively and habitually, persons who are disrobing, engaged in sexual activity, etc.; peeping Tom.
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A person who obsessively watches others, esp. in seeking the unsavory details of their lives.
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(psychology) A person who derives sexual gratification from covert observation of an unsuspecting person who is naked, undressing, or engaging in sexual activity.
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The definition of a voyeur is someone who likes to frequently watch sexual acts or objects, generally in secret.

An example of a voyeur is a person who watches his neighbors engage in sexual intercourse through a window.

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A person who derives sexual gratification from observing the naked bodies or sexual acts of others, especially from a secret vantage point.
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Origin of voyeur

  • French from Old French one who lies in wait from voir to see from Latin vidēre to see weid- in Indo-European roots

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

  • French voyeur, from the verb voir (“to see")

    From Wiktionary