or key log·ging

[ kee-law-ging, ‐log-ing ]
/ ˈkiˌlɔ gɪŋ, ‐ˌlɒg ɪŋ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. keyhole surgery,
  2. keying sequence,
  3. keyless,
  4. keylock,
  5. keylogger,
  6. keyman,
  7. keyman insurance,
  8. keynes,
  9. keynes, john maynard,
  10. keynesian

Origin of keylogging

Also called keystroke logging. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for keylogging


/ (ˈkiːˌlɒɡɪŋ) /


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 Formskeylogger, noun

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