peep show


: an entertainment (such as a film) or object (such as a small picture) that is viewed through a small opening or a magnifying glass and is usually sexually explicit

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That effect is enhanced by Arnulfo Maldonado’s set design, in which a glamorous Austrian curtain encircles the dingy room and a turntable suggests a never-ending peep show. Jesse Green, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2022 Four distinct sets were built, and 14 women worked in the warehouse, and they were broadcast online in what is compared to a grainy, online peep show. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 9 Mar. 2022 Camming sites host live streams of models, usually with a chatroom feature, much like a digital peep show. The Economist, 10 Jan. 2020 Showgirl Video was believed to be the last place in Las Vegas with a peep show – a place where dancers perform behind a window, which opened when a patron placed $1 into a machine, for tips. USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2019 Nevada Las Vegas: An adult video and bookstore that operated the Las Vegas area’s lone peep show has closed, marking the end of an era. USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2019 If 19th- and early 20th-century titillation is more your speed, Musée Mecanique has a handful of peep shows, too. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, 29 Sep. 2018 Stan is merely the sad sack who can’t stay away, shakily throwing coins into the peep show machine to see her once again., 11 June 2018 Or the vintage peep shows (!) in the downstairs restrooms. Michael Klein,, 23 May 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peep show was in 1801

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“Peep show.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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