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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [eevz-drop]
    • /ˈivzˌdrɒp/
    • /ˈiːvz.drɒp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [eevz-drop]
    • /ˈivzˌdrɒp/

Definitions of eavesdropper word

  • verb without object eavesdropper to listen secretly to a private conversation. 1
  • verb with object eavesdropper Archaic. to eavesdrop on. 1
  • noun eavesdropper water that drips from the eaves. 1
  • noun eavesdropper the ground on which such water falls. 1
  • noun eavesdropper One who eavesdrops. 1
  • noun eavesdropper person listening to private conversation 1

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Origin of eavesdropper

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
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

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Parts of speech for Eavesdropper


eavesdropper popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 65% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 59% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

eavesdropper usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for eavesdropper

noun eavesdropper

  • auditor — An auditor is an accountant who officially examines the accounts of organizations.
  • snoop — to prowl or pry; go about in a sneaking, prying way.
  • sleuth — a detective. Synonyms: investigator, private investigator; private eye, gumshoe, shamus.
  • wiretapper — a person who taps wires to learn the nature of messages passing over them.
  • hearer — to perceive by the ear: Didn't you hear the doorbell?

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