anti-eavesdropping

eavesdrop

[eevz-drop]
verb (used without object), eavesdropped, eavesdropping.
1.
to listen secretly to a private conversation.
verb (used with object), eavesdropped, eavesdropping.
2.
Archaic. to eavesdrop on.
noun Also, eavesdrip [eevz-drip] .
3.
water that drips from the eaves.
4.
the ground on which such water falls.

Origin:
before 900; (noun) Middle English evesdrope, evesdripe, Old English yfesdrype; as v., probably back formation from eavesdropper, late Middle English evisdroppyr, apparently literally, one who stands on the eavesdrop in order to listen to conversations inside the house; see eave, drop, drip

eavesdropper, noun
antieavesdropping, adjective
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eavesdrop (ˈiːvzˌdrɒp)
 
vb , -drops, -dropping, -dropped
(intr) to listen secretly to the private conversation of others
 
[C17: back formation from earlier evesdropper, from Old English yfesdrype water dripping from the eaves; see eaves, drop; compare Old Norse upsardropi]
 
'eavesdropper
 
n

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eavesdrop
c.1600, back formation from eavesdropper. Related: Eavesdropping.
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