eavesdrop

verb eaves·drop \ ˈēvz-ˌdräp \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of eavesdrop

intransitive verb
: to listen secretly to what is said in private

eavesdropper

noun

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Origin and Etymology of eavesdrop

probably back-formation from eavesdropper, literally, one standing under the drip from the eaves


EAVESDROP Defined for English Language Learners

eavesdrop

verb

Definition of eavesdrop for English Language Learners

  • : to listen secretly to what other people are saying


EAVESDROP Defined for Kids

eavesdrop

verb eaves·drop \ ˈēvz-ˌdräp \

Definition of eavesdrop for Students

eavesdropped; eavesdropping
: to listen secretly to private conversation

Law Dictionary

eavesdrop

intransitive verb eaves·drop

legal Definition of eavesdrop

eavesdropped; eavesdropping
: to listen secretly to what is being said in private without the consent of the speaker — compare bug, wiretap

eavesdropper

noun


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