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 eavesdropping
A few years ago, I was standing in a queue behind two men and eavesdropping on their conversation.
The intelligence community knows this, he said, from insights gleaned from eavesdropping on the night of the attack.Yes, There IS Evidence Linking al Qaeda to Benghazi|Eli Lake|December 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
From eavesdropping to exceptionalism, the filmmaker explains why America is a sick country.Oliver Stone on the Tyranny of Obama’s ‘Exceptional’ America|Andrew Romano|October 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
When Cal overhears his father plotting, he feels like Jim Hawkins eavesdropping on John Silver and the pirates planning mutiny.Must Read Novels: Ballard, Dybek, and Krasznahorkai|Jacob Silverman, Malcolm Forbes, John McIntyre|April 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The interview was so toothless, it felt more like eavesdropping on two patrons having lunch at the Sizzler.Rosie O’Donnell’s Disastrous Oprah Winfrey Network Experience|Ramin Setoodeh|March 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Van Dyck came out of the palm clump where Barclay's hammock was swung—and found me eavesdropping.Pirates' Hope|Francis Lynde
The whole country studied Brown's letters with the rapture of eavesdropping.
It has a conscious air, and so has the shawl, as if they had been eavesdropping and had understood everything we were saying.A Counterfeit Presentment and The Parlour Car|William Dean Howells
I was not eavesdropping this time—I was merely letting Mackie do my eavesdropping for me.In Accordance with the Evidence|Oliver Onions
Orson and Tudie forgot their own quarrel in the supernal rapture of eavesdropping somebody's else wrangle.
verb -drops, -dropping or -dropped
Word Origin for eavesdrop
c.1600, probably a back-formation from eavesdropper. Related: Eavesdropping.