- to listen secretly to a private conversation.
- Archaic. to eavesdrop on.
- water that drips from the eaves.
- the ground on which such water falls.
Origin of eavesdrop
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Examples from the Web for eavesdropper
If you care to be an eavesdropper you must have a knowledge of Gaelic to be one effectively.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Betide what might, it was not for Garnache to play the eavesdropper.St. Martin's Summer
There's no need of mincing the matter; we need fear no eavesdropper here.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II)
Charles James Lever
"God forbid I should act as eavesdropper," exclaimed the passenger.A Romance of the West Indies
This eavesdropper knew their arrangements for the night ride.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
- (intr) to listen secretly to the private conversation of others
C17: back formation from earlier evesdropper, from Old English yfesdrype water dripping from the eaves; see eaves, drop; compare Old Norse upsardropi
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Word Origin and History for eavesdropper
c.1600, probably a back-formation from eavesdropper. Related: Eavesdropping.
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