- 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
Examples from the Web for eaves-dropping
Historical Examples of eaves-dropping
Just at this juncture, the eaves-dropping by-stander who furnishes the mem.
We don't interfere; there is no eaves-dropping, or prying behind the curtain.History of American Socialisms
John Humphrey Noyes
If we are going to talk of these things we had better go where there is no chance of eaves-dropping.The Threatening Eye
Edward Frederick Knight
Eaves-dropping has been universally condemned, and "listeners," they say, "never hear good of themselves."All-Hallow Eve; or, The Test of Futurity.
It never occurred to her that she was eaves-dropping, and even if it had, she would not have felt greatly ashamed.The Rebellion of Margaret
- (intr) to listen secretly to the private conversation of others
Word Origin for eavesdrop
Word Origin and History for eaves-dropping
c.1600, probably a back-formation from eavesdropper. Related: Eavesdropping.