eavesdropping

noun
eaves·drop·ping | \ ˈēvz-ˌdrä-piŋ \

Definition of eavesdropping 

: the act of secretly listening to something private Highly sophisticated means of electronic eavesdropping were developed and put into use, largely uncontrolled by the law. —Wayne R. LaFave & Jerold H. Israel For a moment, I was worried he'd found out about my eavesdropping the night before, but that didn't seem to be the problem. —Rick Riordan

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The first known use of eavesdropping was in 1641

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