eavesdrop

verb
eaves·​drop | \ ˈēvz-ˌdräp How to pronounce eavesdrop (audio) \
eavesdropped; eavesdropping; eavesdrops

Definition of eavesdrop

intransitive verb

: to listen secretly to what is said in private

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Other Words from eavesdrop

eavesdropper noun

Examples of eavesdrop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Horowitz also found major errors and omissions in applications the FBI submitted to eavesdrop on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — Former FBI Director James Comey acknowledged Sunday that a Justice Department inspector general report identified “real sloppiness’’ in the surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide and said he was wrong to have been “overconfident’’ about how the Russia investigation was handled.," 16 Dec. 2019 But Horowitz also found major errors and omissions in applications the FBI submitted to eavesdrop on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Eric Tucker, SFChronicle.com, "James Comey sees ‘real sloppiness’ in Russia probe but no misconduct," 15 Dec. 2019 Horowitz's report identified significant problems with applications to receive and renew warrants to eavesdrop on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page in 2016 and 2017. Arkansas Online, "Watchdog caught in political crossfire on his Russia report," 11 Dec. 2019 Bong: Characters have to eavesdrop and spy on each other. David Sims, The Atlantic, "How Bong Joon-ho Invented the Weird World of Parasite," 15 Oct. 2019 After all, those modem noises allowed us to eavesdrop on the process of making those connections. Whet Moser, Quartz, "A series of mysterious bleeps and bloops defined the early days of the internet," 15 Oct. 2019 That’s why Haskins’s idea to eavesdrop on the huddle matters. Albert Breer, SI.com, "In Washington and Miami, Who Will Be the Starting Quarterbacks?," 15 Aug. 2019 As the mice watched the film clip, scientists eavesdropped on each one’s visual cortex. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Scientists show mice an Orson Welles movie, then disprove dogma about how vision works," 16 Dec. 2019 Earlier this week, Google confirmed an Android smartphone camera vulnerability discovered in July that affected hundreds of millions of users, including on Pixel and Samsung devices, which allowed hackers to eavesdrop on someone. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "Big Tech’s Bugs Beg the Question: Should You Cover Your Smartphone Camera?," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of eavesdrop

1606, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eavesdrop

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

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The first known use of eavesdrop was in 1606

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5 Jan 2020

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“Eavesdrop.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eavesdrop. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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eavesdrop

verb
How to pronounce eavesdrop (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of eavesdrop

: to listen secretly to what other people are saying

eavesdrop

verb
eaves·​drop | \ ˈēvz-ˌdräp How to pronounce eavesdrop (audio) \
eavesdropped; eavesdropping

Kids Definition of eavesdrop

: to listen secretly to private conversation
eaves·​drop
eavesdropped; eavesdropping

Legal Definition of eavesdrop

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

Other Words from eavesdrop

eavesdropper noun

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