Peeping Tom

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noun \-ˈtäm\

Definition of Peeping Tom

  1. :  a pruriently prying person :  voyeur

Peeping Tomism

play \-ˈtä-ˌmi-zəm\ noun

Origin and Etymology of peeping tom

Peeping Tom, legendary citizen of Coventry who watched Lady Godiva riding naked


First Known Use: 1769


Medical Dictionary

Peeping Tom

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noun Peep·ing Tom \ˌpē-piŋ-ˈtäm\

Medical Definition of Peeping Tom

  1. :  a pruriently prying person :  voyeur

Peeping Tomism

\-ˈtäm-ˌiz-əm\play 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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