Eavesdropper



[eevz-drop] /ˈivzˌdrɒp/

verb (used without object), eavesdropped, eavesdropping.
1.
to listen secretly to a private conversation.
verb (used with object), eavesdropped, eavesdropping.
2.
Archaic. to eavesdrop on.
noun, Also, eavesdrip
[eevz-drip] /ˈivzˌdrɪp/ (Show IPA)
3.
water that drips from the eaves.
4.
the ground on which such water falls.
/ˈiːvzˌdrɒp/
verb -drops, -dropping, -dropped
1.
(intransitive) to listen secretly to the private conversation of others
n.

mid-15c., from Middle English eavesdrop, from Old English yfesdrype “place around a house where the rainwater drips off the roof,” from eave (q.v.) + drip (v.). Technically, “one who stands at walls or windows to overhear what’s going on inside.”
v.

c.1600, probably a back-formation from eavesdropper. Related: Eavesdropping.

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