- 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 eavesdropping
A few years ago, I was standing in a queue behind two men and eavesdropping on their conversation.Will Jargon Be the Death of the English Language?
March 30, 2014
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
December 29, 2013
From eavesdropping to exceptionalism, the filmmaker explains why America is a sick country.Oliver Stone on the Tyranny of Obama’s ‘Exceptional’ America
October 17, 2013
Eavesdropping from afar on the debate about how American Jews will vote this year is a slightly surrealistic business.Republicans and the 'Quality of Sodom'
July 23, 2012
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
Was it right for her to be eavesdropping when older people were talking, the little goose?L'Assommoir
Besides, she did not wish her father and mother to know she had been eavesdropping.Polly of Lady Gay Cottage
Emma C. Dowd
In it, his words were not vulnerable to the sono-beam's eavesdropping.Zero Data
Their eavesdropping vibrations, with audible projection, were upon me.
He did not mean the blinking, eavesdropping humbug to force his action.End of the Tether
- (intr) to listen secretly to the private conversation of others
Word Origin and History for eavesdropping
c.1600, probably a back-formation from eavesdropper. Related: Eavesdropping.