or key log·ging

[ kee-law-ging, ‐log-ing ]

  1. the practice of using a software program or hardware device (keylogger ) to record all keystrokes on a computer keyboard, either overtly as a surveillance tool or covertly as spyware: Many employers are making use of keylogging to monitor their employees' computer habits.

Origin of keylogging

First recorded in 1990–95; key(stroke) + log1; see -ing2
  • Also called keystroke logging .

Words Nearby keylogging Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for keylogging


/ (ˈkiːˌlɒɡɪŋ) /

  1. the practice of covertly recording and monitoring keystrokes made on a remote computer, typically using a dedicated software application or piece of implanted hardware

Derived forms of keylogging

  • keylogger, noun

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