Recent Examples of voyeur from the Web
Another one-third are voyeurs or might try a little bit of something.
An open kitchen caters to the voyeurs social media has turned us all into; restaurateurs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo see the value in the spectacle of restaurants.
Fishers police hope home security images will help them catch a voyeur.
Nesbit, who is helped by Jane Arnett, another former player’s wife, tries to keep the site as private as possible, guarding against voyeurs.
But an lower appeals court in December allowed police in Sarasota to force a suspected voyeur, allegedly caught at a mall trying to take photos up women’s skirts, to give up his iPhone pass code.
The voyeurs who waited breathlessly for the Jupiter Police Department to release the dashcam video of Woods's arrest were hoping for . . .
Lennon, the crowd, you, and I are all voyeurs, transfixed by something horrible, the newsworthy death.
One of the reasons for that is that Laveau is credited with bringing Voodoo into the open and displaying it for white voyeurs, writes Pruyn.
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What is a voyeur?
Voyeur is a fairly recent addition to English; our earliest written evidence for the word dates from the beginning of the 20th century. It comes directly from a French noun meaning, literally, “one who sees.”
Initially, voyeur referred to someone who derived sexual pleasure from watching others undress or engage in intimate acts; it was synonymous with Peeping Tom. By the middle of the 20th century, its meaning had broadened to "an unduly prying observer," particularly one interested in squalid or shocking details:
[A] good biographer is always in some sense a voyeur.–Times Literary Supplement, November 5, 1971
Is a press that pries into a presidential aspirant’s personal habits pandering to voyeurs or enlightening rightfully curious voters? –Saturday Review, February 16, 1980
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