Definition of eavesdrop in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈiːvzdrɒp

verb (eavesdrops, eavesdropping, eavesdropped)

[no object]



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  • By using a rolling-code phone scrambler you will secure your conversion against any casual listeners, criminal eavesdroppers, and local investigators and law enforcement agencies.
  • These can be encrypted, but eavesdroppers can't be detected.
  • To talk to a foreigner is no longer a sign of political unreliability, and conversations do not have to be carried out in a hole-and-corner fashion, behind walls, with one nervous eye open for spies and eavesdroppers.


early 17th century: back-formation from eavesdropper (late Middle English) 'a person who listens from under the eaves', from the obsolete noun eavesdrop 'the ground on to which water drips from the eaves', probably from Old Norse upsardropi, from ups 'eaves' + dropi 'a drop'.

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