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 eavesdropper
There was a fanciful suggestion of the eavesdropper about the creature; his attitude was almost furtive.The Hound From The North|Ridgwell Cullum
But we could not incarcerate George Prince for being an eavesdropper.Brigands of the Moon|Ray Cummings
All these things he thought as he waited, gripping the door-knob and listening fiercely for a sign of the eavesdropper.What Will People Say?|Rupert Hughes
This man is no eavesdropper; your evil secrets have only a sobering and a saddening and a silencing effect upon him.Bunyan Characters - Third Series|Alexander Whyte
In any case I could not continue to play the part of an eavesdropper.The Guerilla Chief|Mayne Reid
verb -drops, -dropping or -dropped
Word Origin for eavesdrop
mid-15c., from Middle English eavesdrop, from Old English yfesdrype "place around a house where the rainwater drips off the roof," from eave (q.v.) + drip (v.). Technically, "one who stands at walls or windows to overhear what's going on inside."
c.1600, probably a back-formation from eavesdropper. Related: Eavesdropping.