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/.
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Origin of eavesdrop
OTHER WORDS FROM eavesdropeavesdropper, nounan·ti·eaves·drop·ping, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for eavesdrop
A few years ago, I was standing in a queue behind two men and eavesdropping on their conversation.
He lambasted the NSA for its over-zealous data grabs, and its unrestrained eavesdropping on average Americans.
Think spy satellites, stealth bombers, next-missile-spotting radars, next-gen drones, and ultra-powerful eavesdropping gear.
The intelligence community knows this, he said, from insights gleaned from eavesdropping on the night of the attack.
But Schiff also said sometimes eavesdropping has its limits as well.
I thought she had come to her right senses, at last, and was making the shift to break off the eavesdropping.The Wreckers|Francis Lynde
He persists, then sees his mother in private, kills a courtier who was eavesdropping, and convicts his mother of her sin.Tolstoy on Shakespeare|Leo Tolstoy
Relieved, yet ashamed of his eavesdropping, he ran down the road toward his home.Patchwork|Anna Balmer Myers
Paul had heard of people who actually deemed eavesdropping unbecoming!The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II)|Charles James Lever
It was secure from any but forcible entrance, and eavesdropping from outside would be worse than useless.Shadow, the Mysterious Detective|Police Captain Howard