verb (used without object), eaves·dropped, eaves·drop·ping.
verb (used with object), eaves·dropped, eaves·drop·ping.
noun Also eaves·drip [eevz-drip] /ˈivzˌdrɪp/.
Origin of eavesdrop
Examples from the Web for eavesdrop
NCIS managed to eavesdrop on phone calls Wright made to his mother, Valerie Burgess.
But the FSB has far more power to eavesdrop on Russian and foreign citizens than the FBI or the NSA.
One of the most popular is the X-37B can sneak up and eavesdrop on other satellites.Will The Pentagon’s Secret Space Plane Ever Return to Earth?|Kyle Mizokami|April 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A brilliant look into the lives of the 1980s East German Stasi (Secret Police) and the civilians they spy and eavesdrop on.
He was also a dead-on mimic, the kind of guy who could eavesdrop on a snatch of conversation and instantly spoof both ends.The Story of the American Journalists Who Landed on D-Day|Timothy M. Gay|June 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Let us hope that Eavesdrop will sketch off Henbane, and that Henbane will poison him for his trouble.Crotchet Castle|Thomas Love Peacock
Did you learn how to eavesdrop in a correspondence school or did it just come naturally?Don Hale with the Flying Squadron|W. Crispin Sheppard
Besides, she couldn't stand outside and eavesdrop long without being noticed by some one passing through the hall.Jane Allen: Right Guard|Edith Bancroft
Later, he saw Jan deep in conversation with Jerry and wandered by, to eavesdrop a little.The Electronic Mind Reader|John Blaine
While the hours of tuition were being discussed Bertha Appleby tiptoed up to eavesdrop, and pleaded to be accepted as a pupil.In a Little Town|Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for eavesdrop
verb -drops, -dropping or -dropped
Word Origin for eavesdrop
Word Origin and History for eavesdrop
c.1600, probably a back-formation from eavesdropper. Related: Eavesdropping.