eavesdropping definition

  • verb:
    • provide participle of eavesdrop.
  • noun:
    • paying attention secretly to exclusive conversation of other individuals.
    • The interception of electric communication.
    • The habit of lurking about dwelling homes, along with other places where individuals meet for exclusive intercourse, privately hearing what is said, then tattling it overseas. The offense is indictable at common law.
    • The work of one which eavesdrops; the doings of an eavesdropper.

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