Definition of peeping Tom in English:

peeping Tom


  • A person who derives sexual pleasure from secretly watching people undressing or engaging in sexual activity.

    • ‘He consents to being an admiring observer but not a peeping Tom.’
    • ‘Some call it an open invitation to peeping Toms with camera phones.’
    • ‘And I think I've got a pretty good idea of who our peeping Tom was.’
    • ‘Look out also for how a shapely housewife helped the police to catch a peeping Tom.’
    • ‘A peeping Tom used hidden cameras to videotape women in their house in Galway city.’


Mid 18th century: from the name of the person said to have watched Lady Godiva ride naked through Coventry (see Godiva, Lady).


peeping Tom

/ˌpiːpɪŋ ˈtɒm/