Is there a word for someone who doesn't necessarily steal anything but would compulsively snoop through someone's things if left alone, similar to kleptomaniac (someone who would compulsively steal things)?

  • Why are you sure that there is a word for this? Does a word exist in your native languages?
    – James K
    Oct 7, 2018 at 3:41

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The word snoop also has a noun form:


: to look or pry especially in a sneaking or meddlesome manner

: one that snoops

So, somebody who snoops is a . . . snoop.


I haven't been able to find a term that's as technical as kleptomaniac is for a compulsive thief. A technical phrase might be "pathological nosiness" or "pathological snooping".

As Jason Bassford notes, you can use snoop as a noun here. There are also idioms and slang in particular dialects, such as nosy parker.

It's also a feature of relationship obsessive compulsive disorder, but it exists independently of that diagnosis, and is only one feature of it.

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