Definitions

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  • n. one who eavesdrops

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who stands under the eaves, or near the window or door of a house, to listen; hence, a secret listener.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who watches for an opportunity to hear the private conversation of others.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a secret listener to private conversations

Etymologies

From eavesdrop + -er ("person or thing which does") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If protection from an eavesdropper is not considered important, an access control can be as simple as a password.

    Uses and abuses of TPMs

  • These words did indeed whet his curiosity to the utmost, but the shame of acting the part of an "eavesdropper" was so great that, by a strong effort of will, he drew back and pondered for a moment what he ought to do.

    Gascoyne, the Sandal-Wood Trader

  • These words did indeed whet his curiosity to the utmost; but the shame of acting the part of an "eavesdropper" was so great that, by a strong effort of will, he drew back, and pondered for a moment what he ought to do.

    Gascoyne, The Sandal-Wood Trader A Tale of the Pacific

  • It is at this point in the mass that always I feel the most like an outsider, an eavesdropper.

    Tim Suttle: An Evangelical Goes To Mass

  • Looking around as if suspecting an eavesdropper, he lowered his voice so that only the entire shop could hear, and said: Cut deliberately.

    The art of creating a stink in the dressing room

  • I am always on the look out for ideas for articles and am a shameless eavesdropper in the supermarket, on the bus and in the shopping centres.

    Writing Smarter – not Harder « Write Anything

  • Nog looked around, as if afraid of an eavesdropper.

    Star Trek The Next Generation®

  • The mother-in-law is an eavesdropper and troublemaker but has nothing to do with this story.

    Peeling Onions

  • Dense conversations that make one feel like an uninformed eavesdropper and leave you scratching your head, wondering if you are just very shallow or if there is actually something profound going on.

    A GAME OF CIRCUMSTANCE • by Tommy B. Smith

  • Three years later, he did the opposite, pulling himself inward to play Harry Caul, the meticulous, introspective eavesdropper in The Conversation.

    Out of the Picture

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