Peeping Tom

noun \ -ˈtäm \

Definition of Peeping Tom

: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


Medical Dictionary

Peeping Tom

noun Peep·ing Tom \ ˌpē-piŋ-ˈtäm \

medical Definition of Peeping Tom

:a pruriently prying person :voyeur

Peeping Tomism

play \-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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