eavesdrop

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verb eaves·drop \ˈēvz-ˌdräp\

Definition of eavesdrop

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to listen secretly to what is said in private

eavesdropper

noun

Origin and Etymology of eavesdrop

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


First Known Use: 1606


EAVESDROP Defined for English Language Learners

eavesdrop

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verb eaves·drop \ˈēvz-ˌdräp\

Definition of eavesdrop for English Language Learners

  • : to listen secretly to what other people are saying


EAVESDROP Defined for Kids

eavesdrop

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verb eaves·drop \ˈēvz-ˌdräp\

Definition of eavesdrop for Students

eavesdropped

eavesdropping

  1. :  to listen secretly to private conversation


Law Dictionary

eavesdrop

intransitive verb eaves·drop

Legal Definition of eavesdrop

eavesdropped

eavesdropping

  1. :  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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