Peeping Tom: a voyeur. The name of the fictional character Tom, who after warnings not to do so at the pain of death, spied on the naked Lady Godiva as she rode through the town clad only in her long hair in sympathetic protest of the unreasonable taxes levied by her husband on the impoverished citizens. The risk of detection, while illicitly observing or overhearing nudity or sexual activity, specifically contributes to the arousal of the paraphilic voyeur. See also voyeurism.

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