Definition of voyeur in English:

voyeur

Syllabification: vo·yeur
Pronunciation: /voiˈyər
 
, vwäˈyər
 
/

noun

1A person who gains sexual pleasure from watching others when they are naked or engaged in sexual activity.
More example sentences
  • Brendan Fletcher plays a teen voyeur who likes to spy on gay men having sex in a park.
  • Porn voyeurs are in for a treat next month, with the promise of a record-breaking online orgy.
  • From being the object of voyeurism Magda becomes the voyeur, and from being the loved one turns into the lover.
Synonyms
peeping Tom, pervert, watcher
informal perv
1.1A person who enjoys seeing the pain or distress of others.
More example sentences
  • We watch like greedy voyeurs as he walks away from the world and its troubles.
  • I feel like a reluctant voyeur, watching a flower die in heart wrenching, time lapse photography.
  • Obviously many men did not survive the crashes I witnessed, and I felt a bit like a voyeur watching it on screen.

Origin

early 20th century: from French, from voir 'see'.

Derivatives

voyeurism

Pronunciation: /ˈvoiyəˌrizəm, voiˈyərˌizəm, vwäˈyər-/
noun
More example sentences
  • James Stewart plays a wheelchair-bound photographer whose voyeurism involves him in a murder.
  • Exhibitionism and voyeurism are two sides of the same coin.
  • There is often an element of voyeurism in our interest in interior design, especially when it involves a delicious peep inside the homes of the rich and famous.

voyeuristic

Pronunciation: /ˌvoiyəˈristik, ˌvwäyə-/
adjective
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  • That's what shocks and thrills the public, if only in a sickening, voyeuristic, train wreck sort of way.
  • I would regard myself as partly voyeuristic - that's almost unavoidable if you're a photographer.
  • Most of them are men, with Von Hagens explaining that he did not want to expose himself to criticism that he was putting on a voyeuristic show of naked women.

voyeuristically

adverb
More example sentences
  • The audience is taken in by this and voyeuristically watches someone else's fantasy world spill out over the stage.
  • Some critics have seen in these sensual and voyeuristically conceived nudes the only full expression of Ingres's artistic imagination.
  • Generally, we don't get inside the character's heads - instead we view everything from outside, voyeuristically.

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