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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EAVES-DROPPER

Nay, I will not be an eaves-dropper: my child you do not fear this person now?

Should he not appear to them in the despicable light of an eaves-dropper?

This seat was in a little recess or blind window, where two persons might freely converse without fear of an eaves-dropper.

And Horace Townsend, in stopping to play the eaves-dropper, at least partially illustrated the saying.

I did not wish to be an eaves-dropper, and at the same time I scarcely liked suddenly to rush unnoticed into the room.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1600, probably a back-formation from eavesdropper. Related: Eavesdropping.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR EAVES-DROPPER

monitor

nounperson who watches, oversees
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