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Definition of eavesdrop:

  1. The water which falls in drops from the eaves of a house.
  2. To stand under the eaves, near a window or at the door, of a house, to listen and learn what is said within doors; hence, to listen secretly to what is said in private.


bend an ear, investigate, listen in on, tap, listen stealthily, monitor, spy, try to overhear, snoop, wiretap, listen in, bug, listen.

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