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eaves·drop

 (ēvz′drŏp′)
intr.v. eaves·dropped, eaves·drop·ping, eaves·drops
1. To listen secretly to the private conversation of others.
2. To gain access to private electronic communications, as through wiretapping or the interception of email or cell phone calls.

[Probably back-formation from eavesdropper, one who eavesdrops, from Middle English evesdropper, from evesdrop, place where water falls from the eaves, from Old English yfesdrype; see upo in Indo-European roots.]

eaves′drop′per n.

eavesdrop

(ˈiːvzˌdrɒp)
vb, -drops, -dropping or -dropped
(intr) to listen secretly to the private conversation of others
[C17: back formation from earlier evesdropper, from Old English yfesdrype water dripping from the eaves; see eaves, drop; compare Old Norse upsardropi]
ˈeavesˌdropper n

eaves•drop

(ˈivzˌdrɒp)

v.i. -dropped, -drop•ping.
to listen secretly to a private conversation.
[before 900; probably back formation from eavesdropper, late Middle English evisdroppyr, appar. literally, one who stands on the evesdrope (the ground on which water from the eaves drips; compare Old English yfesdrype) to listen secretly; see eave, drop, drip]
eaves′drop`per, n.

eavesdrop


Past participle: eavesdropped
Gerund: eavesdropping

Imperative
eavesdrop
eavesdrop
Present
I eavesdrop
you eavesdrop
he/she/it eavesdrops
we eavesdrop
you eavesdrop
they eavesdrop
Preterite
I eavesdropped
you eavesdropped
he/she/it eavesdropped
we eavesdropped
you eavesdropped
they eavesdropped
Present Continuous
I am eavesdropping
you are eavesdropping
he/she/it is eavesdropping
we are eavesdropping
you are eavesdropping
they are eavesdropping
Present Perfect
I have eavesdropped
you have eavesdropped
he/she/it has eavesdropped
we have eavesdropped
you have eavesdropped
they have eavesdropped
Past Continuous
I was eavesdropping
you were eavesdropping
he/she/it was eavesdropping
we were eavesdropping
you were eavesdropping
they were eavesdropping
Past Perfect
I had eavesdropped
you had eavesdropped
he/she/it had eavesdropped
we had eavesdropped
you had eavesdropped
they had eavesdropped
Future
I will eavesdrop
you will eavesdrop
he/she/it will eavesdrop
we will eavesdrop
you will eavesdrop
they will eavesdrop
Future Perfect
I will have eavesdropped
you will have eavesdropped
he/she/it will have eavesdropped
we will have eavesdropped
you will have eavesdropped
they will have eavesdropped
Future Continuous
I will be eavesdropping
you will be eavesdropping
he/she/it will be eavesdropping
we will be eavesdropping
you will be eavesdropping
they will be eavesdropping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been eavesdropping
you have been eavesdropping
he/she/it has been eavesdropping
we have been eavesdropping
you have been eavesdropping
they have been eavesdropping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been eavesdropping
you will have been eavesdropping
he/she/it will have been eavesdropping
we will have been eavesdropping
you will have been eavesdropping
they will have been eavesdropping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been eavesdropping
you had been eavesdropping
he/she/it had been eavesdropping
we had been eavesdropping
you had been eavesdropping
they had been eavesdropping
Conditional
I would eavesdrop
you would eavesdrop
he/she/it would eavesdrop
we would eavesdrop
you would eavesdrop
they would eavesdrop
Past Conditional
I would have eavesdropped
you would have eavesdropped
he/she/it would have eavesdropped
we would have eavesdropped
you would have eavesdropped
they would have eavesdropped
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.eavesdrop - listen without the speaker's knowledge; "the jealous man was eavesdropping on his wife's conversations"
listen - hear with intention; "Listen to the sound of this cello"
wiretap, bug, intercept, tap - tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information; "The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy"; "Is this hotel room bugged?"

eavesdrop

verb listen in, spy, overhear, bug (informal), pry, tap in, snoop (informal), earwig (informal) The housemaid eavesdropped from behind the kitchen door.

eavesdrop

verb
To observe or listen in secret to obtain information:
Translations
يَتَنَصَّت، يَسْتَرِقُ السَّمْع
aflyttelytte
hallgató zik
liggja á hleri
kas slapta klausosislapta klausytislapta klausytis
slepus noklausīties
tajne počúvať
tjuvlyssna
gizlice dinlemekkulak kabartmak

eavesdrop

[ˈiːvzdrɒp] VIescuchar a escondidas
to eavesdrop on a conversationescuchar una conversación a escondidas

eavesdrop

[ˈiːvzdrɒp] viécouter ce qui se dit
The housemaid eavesdropped from behind the kitchen door → La servante écoutait ce qui se disait de derrière la porte de la cuisine.
to eavesdrop on sb → écouter qn (de façon indiscrète)
to eavesdrop on sb's conversation (gen)écouter les conversations privées de qn; (by phone tapping)mettre les conversations de qn sur écoute

eavesdrop

vi(heimlich) lauschen; to eavesdrop on a conversationein Gespräch belauschen

eavesdrop

[ˈiːvzdrɒp] vi to eavesdrop (on a conversation)origliare (una conversazione)

eavesdrop

(ˈiːvzdrop) past tense, past participle ˈeavesdropped verb
(with on) to listen in order to overhear a private conversation. The child eavesdropped on her parents' discussion.
ˈeavesdropper noun
References in classic literature ?
The eavesdroppers heard certain girls disputing, one of them saying that Aias was by far a better man than Odysseus and continuing as follows:
He subsisted for a time upon his traffic in his master's secrets; and, this trade failing when the stock was quite exhausted, procured an appointment in the honourable corps of spies and eavesdroppers employed by the government.
He came straight towards them, but his eyes were fixed not upon the eavesdroppers but upon a spot where the curtain hung in folds.
The passageway afforded a station for guards in the same room with their master without intruding entirely upon his privacy; it concealed secret exits from the chamber; it permitted the occupant of the room to hide eavesdroppers and assassins for use against enemies that he might lure to his chamber.
When Love and Beauty meet, it is hard not to play the eavesdropper, and it was easy to guess that Love and Beauty met upon that page.
Dominic and I had been talking business together aft, and Cesar had sneaked up behind us to listen, for, amongst his other perfections, he was a consummate eavesdropper and spy.
Thrown out of his honourable employment in England, through too much unsuccessful hard swearing there--not because he was not wanted there; our English reasons for vaunting our superiority to secrecy and spies are of very modern date--he knew that he had crossed the Channel, and accepted service in France: first, as a tempter and an eavesdropper among his own countrymen there: gradually, as a tempter and an eavesdropper among the natives.
Well, well, be attentive,” continued Richard, looking cautiously about him, to make certain that no eavesdropper was hid in the forest, though they were in constant motion.
A fierce growl repelled the eavesdropper, and then the scout boldly threw open the covering of bark, and left the place, enacting the character of a bear as he proceeded.
Whatever you do, you can't help working with a Will," cried Tom, who had been so interested, that he forgot he was playing eavesdropper.
Franklin were thinking aloud, and putting him into the delicate position of an unwilling eavesdropper.
As to Rokesmith, that young man of mine,' said Mr Boffin, dropping his voice and glancing towards the door with an apprehension of being overheard by some eavesdropper there, 'it's the same with him as with the footmen.