Definition of voyeur in English:

voyeur

Pronunciation: /vwäˈyər//voiˈyər/

noun

  • 1A person who gains sexual pleasure from watching others when they are naked or engaged in sexual activity.

    • ‘Such explicitness forces us into the role of voyeurs, and makes engagement with the paintings so fraught we loose sight of their symbolic dimension.’
    • ‘Jefferson is an obsessive voyeur, through a carefully concealed camera he watches the women at home, cooking, bathing, entertaining guests and making love.’
    • ‘And for the voyeurs, Tessa's steamy shower scene is shocking for TV fare.’
    • ‘Curiosity is their driving instinct, so these flitting voyeurs get their highs from watching rather than doing.’
    • ‘Brendan Fletcher plays a teen voyeur who likes to spy on gay men having sex in a park.’
    • ‘The emphasis on celluloid as the medium for voyeurs, pornographers and for exploitation rings true with other more high minded explorations of the moving image.’
    • ‘Now, if you've suddenly turned into a voyeur, well, your sex life is your own business, not mine, and I don't have any right to demand an explanation of what turns you on these days.’
    • ‘After the car keys parties of the 1970s, hedonists are nowadays more likely to opt for pursuits such as ‘dogging’ - having sex in car parks while voyeurs watch.’
    • ‘Plus, you can sit in the back and kiss your boyfriend all you want without having to worry about Peeping Toms or voyeurs.’
    • ‘‘Dave has told me he often feels like a voyeur watching the intimate dance unfold or a puppet master manipulating us with his guitar strings,’ says Webb.’
    • ‘Is photography what happens when a voyeur meets a narcissist?’
    • ‘Pornographers and voyeurs communicate with each other and learn how to articulate fluctuating sexual scenarios and pornographic roles.’
    • ‘The king is the cause of his own jealousy because he is a voyeur, at once aroused and made jealous by watching the object of his desire perform an act of seduction at his bidding.’
    • ‘In slightly different circumstances, the scene would be enough to sweep even the most demanding of voyeurs from impotence to premature ejaculation in a few hazy moments.’
    • ‘Did they feel he was a voyeur, peeking in windows, watching their naked bodies, making them feel ashamed?’
    • ‘The advance of new technology, and in particular the use of cellphone cameras, has enhanced the ability of voyeurs to engage in such recordings.’
    • ‘From being the object of voyeurism Magda becomes the voyeur, and from being the loved one turns into the lover.’
    • ‘Like peep-show voyeurs, they want to read erotic materials and repudiate any interest in them at the same time.’
    • ‘Porn voyeurs are in for a treat next month, with the promise of a record-breaking online orgy.’
    • ‘During this sequence, Glen, and Wood's alter ego, Lugosi, become male voyeurs who are both disgusted, yet strangely excited, by the activities of the women.’
    1. 1.1 A person who enjoys seeing the pain or distress of others.
      • ‘Anna Nolan, 29, is one of ten strangers who has been locked in a house complete with 25 cameras and dozens of microphones so that Net voyeurs can satisfy their craving for warts-and-all people gazing.’
      • ‘He believes Americans watch not as voyeurs but as crusaders: We want to see justice done and evildoers vanquished.’
      • ‘Though I am not a voyeur, I do take some enjoyment from watching these idling drivers punch their car radios, and, if their windows are down, listening to the cacophony of sounds that emit from their sound systems.’
      • ‘Obviously many men did not survive the crashes I witnessed, and I felt a bit like a voyeur watching it on screen.’
      • ‘The domestication of the nation's tastes has become so banal that we are content to watch, as voyeurs, a middle-aged woman on Changing Rooms cry for joy at her new dining room.’
      • ‘This device also draws in listeners in that it asks us to be more than voyeurs; it asks us to be activists who save others from lynching.’
      • ‘But the truth can be told with powerful understatement as well, in words and visual images that create empathy without turning the American people into paranoid voyeurs.’
      • ‘We have become voyeurs getting our kicks out of other people's fun and misfortunes.’
      • ‘This is not a film where we find ourselves empathizing with the heroine; instead, we are dispassionate voyeurs, observing her actions and unraveling clues about who she was, is, and will be.’
      • ‘Through these responses, viewers are checking their own desire to participate as voyeurs and to be entertained by the house guests' interpersonal dramas.’
      • ‘The Guardian accused its competitors of pandering to a voyeur instinct by prying into Blunkett's life.’
      • ‘I feel like a reluctant voyeur, watching a flower die in heart wrenching, time lapse photography.’
      • ‘Taken out of the theatre, the 13 spectators become voyeurs of a slightly dated reality show.’
      • ‘The fact that the economy is stuck in neutral and that good jobs are hard to find makes the overcompensated especially tempting targets for TV voyeurs.’
      • ‘On first viewing I remember feeling like a voyeur who should not be watching the anguish of a family under such strain and shock, all the while trying to maintain its coherence and dignity.’
      • ‘We watch like greedy voyeurs as he walks away from the world and its troubles.’

Origin

Early 20th century: from French, from voir see.

Pronunciation:

voyeur

/vwäˈyər//voiˈyər/