I am trying to find an exact translation into English of a word meaning "a man who openly stares at women in a lascivious way". I am aware of several verbs that describe the activity, but no nouns.

I found ogler but it doesn't sound like a real word for me, and lecher seems to have too broad a meaning.

Is there another word that's more suitable, and more widely used?

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    Maybe perv, pig, or objectifier. Can't think of a specific noun or adjective to describe these men.
    – Yuri
    Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 17:09
  • He is a creep. He may be a pervert, or a stalker - we don't know that. But he is definitely a creep.....Or at least I think so. Probably should let a woman weigh in, since they would be most aware of the gradations on the awkward guy <---> dangerous pervert spectrum
    – Adam
    Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 17:10
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    Lecher is the closest word I can think of (when I was a young coed we called them "leches", e.g. "Ew, Professor Y is such a lech.") It does have a connotation of an older man leering/visibly lusting after younger women though.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 17:16
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    Oh, there's also voyeurs and peeping toms, but those emphasize the secretly watching part. Leering seems more overt.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 17:19
  • @Adam, thank you for your suggestions, but I am not interested in expressing the degree of odiousness: I want a specific word for somebody that stares openly at women in a lascivious way.
    – JavaLatte
    Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 17:23

3 Answers 3


There is the British slang noun Lech

A Lech is a man who looks at women in an openly lecherous manner. Indeed the word derives from lecherous.

  • I also know this word from the US.
    – arp
    Commented Jun 9, 2018 at 16:42

Peeper who is a person who peeps at someone or something, especially in a voyeuristic way as in

He's looking up Sarah's skirt! Damn, he's such a peeper.

voyeur who is a person who gains sexual pleasure from watching others when they are naked or engaged in sexual activity. as in

he stood transfixed, a voyeur feasting on the swell of her buttocks.

I usually hear people describe the person acting like this as a pervert or simply perv as in

Stop ​looking down my ​dress, you perv.


Actually ogler is correct. But because you were looking for something else.. Voyeur It is defined as:

a viewer who enjoys seeing the sex acts or sex organs of others

  • The O.P. asked for a person who openly stares, and oftentimes voyeur has overtones of watching in secret. Still, a worthy candidate word to consider.
    – J.R.
    Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 20:11

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