voyeur


voy·eur

noun \vwä-ˈyər, vi-ˈər\

: a person who gets sexual pleasure from secretly watching other people have sex

: a person who likes seeing and talking or writing about something that is considered to be private

Full Definition of VOYEUR

1
:  one obtaining sexual gratification from observing unsuspecting individuals who are partly undressed, naked, or engaged in sexual acts; broadly :  one who habitually seeks sexual stimulation by visual means
2
:  a prying observer who is usually seeking the sordid or the scandalous
voy·eur·ism \-ˌi-zəm\ noun
voy·eur·is·tic \ˌvwä-(ˌ)yər-ˈis-tik, ˌvi-ər-\ adjective
voy·eur·is·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of VOYEUR

French, literally, one who sees, from Middle French, from voir to see, from Latin vidēre — more at wit
First Known Use: 1900

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voy·eur

noun \vwä-ˈyər, vi-ˈər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VOYEUR

: one obtaining sexual gratification from observing unsuspecting individuals who are partly undressed, naked, or engaged in sexual acts; broadly : one who habitually seeks sexual stimulation by visual means

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