eavesdropping

noun eaves·drop·ping \ ˈēvz-ˌdrä-piŋ \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

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

First Known Use of eavesdropping

1641

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