Etymology
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eavesdrop (v.)

"lurk near a place to hear what is said inside," c. 1600, probably a back-formation from eavesdropper. The original notion is listening from under the eaves of a house. Related: Eavesdropping.

updated on July 30, 2014

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Definitions of eavesdrop from WordNet

eavesdrop (v.)
listen without the speaker's knowledge;
the jealous man was eavesdropping on his wife's conversations
Synonyms: listen in
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