Definition of voyeur in English:

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voyeur

Pronunciation: /vwʌɪˈjəː/
/vɔɪˈjəː/

noun

1A person who gains sexual pleasure from watching others when they are naked or engaged in sexual activity: he stood transfixed, a voyeur feasting on the swell of her buttocks
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.
1.1A person who enjoys seeing the pain or distress of others: a voyeur of death murder trials make us voyeurs
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.

Derivatives

voyeuristically

Pronunciation: /vwʌjəˈrɪstɪk(ə)li/ /vɔɪjəˈrɪstɪk(ə)li/
adverb
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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with voyeur

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