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Definition of Eavesdrop

  EAVESDROP   verb, intransitive
Secretly to overhear a catalogue of the crimes and vices of another or yourself.
  A lady with one of her ears applied
  To an open keyhole heard, inside,
  Two female gossips in converse free --
  The subject engaging them was she.
  'I think,' said one, 'and my husband thinks
  That she's a prying, inquisitive minx!'
  As soon as no more of it she could hear
  The lady, indignant, removed her ear.
  'I will not stay,' she said, with a pout,
  'To hear my character lied about!'

Gopete Sherany

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
?i:vzdr?p v.intr. (-dropped, -dropping) listen secretly to a private conversation. °°eavesdropper n. [eavesdropper orig. 'one who listens under walls' prob. f. ON upsardropi (cf. OE yfˇsdrypˇ): eavesdrop by back-form.]

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