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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Eavesdrop  \Eaves"drop`\,  n. 
  The  water  which  falls  in  drops  from  the  eaves  of  a  house. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Eavesdrop  \Eaves"drop`\,  v.  i.  [Eaves  +  drop.] 
  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. 
 
  To  eavesdrop  in  disguises.  --Milton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  eavesdrop 
  v  :  listen  without  the  speaker's  knowledge  [syn:  {listen  in}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  EAVESDROP,  v.i.  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 
 
 




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