Definition of Peeping Tom noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Peeping Tom

BrE BrE//ˌpiːpɪŋ ˈtɒm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpiːpɪŋ ˈtɑːm//
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a person who likes to watch people secretly when they are taking off their clothes synonym voyeur Word Originfrom the name of the person said to have watched Lady Godiva ride naked through Coventry. Culture The phrase 'Peeping Tom' comes from the story of Lady Godiva, who rode through the streets naked. Everyone was told not to look at her, but one man, 'Peeping Tom of Coventry', did and he went blind
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