- Word Combinations (verb), Word History
|part of speech:
||eavesdrops, eavesdropping, eavesdropped
||to listen secretly to others' private conversation.
- listen in
- similar words:
- overhear, snoop, spy, wiretap
comes from an Old English word that means "the area around a house where water drops from the eaves (the lower part of the roof)." A person who stands in such a spot is close enough to the house to listen to what is being said inside.