Peeping Tom


Peeping Tom

noun \-ˈtäm\

Definition of PEEPING TOM

:  a pruriently prying person :  voyeur
Peeping Tom·ism \-ˈtä-ˌmi-zəm\ noun

Origin of PEEPING TOM

Peeping Tom, legendary citizen of Coventry who watched Lady Godiva riding naked
First Known Use: circa 1796

Peep·ing Tom

noun \ˌpē-piŋ-ˈtäm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PEEPING TOM

: a pruriently prying person : voyeur
Peeping Tom·ism \-ˈtäm-ˌiz-əm\ noun

Biographical Note for PEEPING TOM

Peeping Tom, British legendary character. According to popular legend, Tom was a prying tailor who was struck blind (or, in some versions, struck dead) as he watched Lady Godiva when she rode naked through the streets of Coventry, England, as a protest against the heavy taxes imposed upon the citizens of Coventry.

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