from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of one who eavesdrops; the doings of an eavesdropper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Law) The habit of lurking about dwelling houses, and other places where persons meet for private intercourse, secretly listening to what is said, and then tattling it abroad. The offense is indictable at common law.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of eavesdrop.
  • noun Listening secretly to private conversation of others.
  • noun The interception of electronic communication.


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