eavesdrop

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Etymology[edit]

eaves +‎ drop, i.e. listening at the eaves of a building.

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eavesdrop (third-person singular simple present eavesdrops, present participle eavesdropping, simple past and past participle eavesdropped)

  1. ​To hear a conversation one is not intended to hear; to listen in.
    I hope nobody was eavesdropping on our conversation last night, since it got so personal.

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To eavesdrop usually implies the listener is purposefully trying to hear the conversation of others. To overhear is more often accidental.

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  • (hear conversation one is not intended to hear): overhear

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Noun[edit]

eavesdrop (plural eavesdrops)

  1. The dripping of rain from the eaves of a house
  2. The space around a house on which such water drips
  3. A concealed aperture through which an occupant of a building can surreptitiously listen to people talking at an entrance to the building
  4. The act of intentionally hearing a conversation not intended to be heard

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