a Peeping Tom

peeping Tom

A man who secretly observes women undressing or engaging in sexual intercourse. Unless you want to be a target for peeping Toms, you better get curtains for your bedroom windows soon.
See also: peep, tom

a ˌPeeping ˈTom

(disapproving) a person who likes to watch people secretly, especially when they are taking off their clothesIn 1040 in the English town of Coventry, Lady Godiva rode through the streets completely naked in an attempt to make her husband change his mind about forcing people to pay high taxes. In the story, only one man, Tom, watched her and he suddenly became blind.
See also: Peep, tom
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You are accused of the offence of being a Peeping Tom.
A PEEPING tom has been hit with a country-wide leisure centre ban after using his Blackberry to spy on women at a Birmingham swimming pool.
James Pearson, Spalding, Lincs A PEEPING Tom or voyeur is a person who gets pleasure from secretly watching others.
The Mirror was fined pounds 50,000 for contempt over an article claiming he was a Peeping Tom and The Sun pounds 18,000 for contempt over another story.
AT THE SAME TIME A WOAMN WAS TRYING TO OPEN A CASE OF CRIMEN INJURIA AGAINST A PEEPING TOM WHO WATCHED HER TAKE A BATH THROUGH AN OPEN WINDOW.
A PEEPING Tom secretly f i l m e d women g e t t i n g undressed - and one having sex with her boyfriend - and then turned his footage into homemade porn movies, a court heard.
A PEEPING Tom who spied on women using a toilet at T In The Park was fined pounds 600 yesterday.
Qasem had had the gun nearby and loaded because she had seen a Peeping Tom outside her house previously.
Police are hunting a peeping tom who stared a teenage student as she undressed.
A PEEPING Tom CCTV operator is facing jail after he admitted using a council camera to spy on a woman.
He's looking around, clearly waiting for his opportunity to be a peeping Tom.
Time was when a Peeping Tom was a creature to be scorned or at least pitied.
Charlotte, 27 , who met Alan at a Peeping Tom gig, said: "The fantastic staff looked after us both so well that we wanted to help them in any way we could.
A PEEPING Tom was caught out by his footprints in snow, a jury was told yesterday.
If not, I'm afraid that you don't qualify as a Peeping Tom.