A person who listens under the windows or eaves of a house to hear the discourse therein and thereupon proclaim slanderous and mischievous tales. Such persons were regarded as nuisances at common law, and were required, in the discretion of the court, to find sureties for their good behavior. Pavesich v New England Life Ins. Co. 122 Ga 190, 50 SE 624. It is the habitual commission of the acts stated above which seems to constitute the gist of the common-law offense of eavesdropping, and the proof necessary for conviction must be such as will permit the jury to infer the habit of eavesdropping. State v Davis, 139 NC 547, 51 SE 897.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.


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  • Eavesdropper — Eaves drop per, n. One who stands under the eaves, or near the window or door of a house, to listen; hence, a secret listener. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eavesdropper — mid 15c., from M.E. eavesdrop, from O.E. yfesdrype place around a house where the rainwater drips off the roof, from EAVE (Cf. eave) (q.v.) + DRIP (Cf. drip). Technically, one who stands at walls or windows to overhear what s going on inside …   Etymology dictionary

  • eavesdropper — eavesdrop ► VERB (eavesdropped, eavesdropping) ▪ secretly listen to a conversation. DERIVATIVES eavesdropper noun. ORIGIN from obsolete eavesdrop «the ground on to which water drips from the eaves» …   English terms dictionary

  • eavesdropper — noun see eavesdrop …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • eavesdropper — See eavesdrop. * * * …   Universalium

  • eavesdropper — noun /ˈiːvzˌdɹɒpə(ɹ)/ one who eavesdrops …   Wiktionary

  • eavesdropper — Synonyms and related words: Paul Pry, Peeping Tom, audient, auditor, busybody, gossip, hearer, hearkener, inquirer, inquisitive, inquisitor, listener, nosy Parker, overhearer, pry, querier, querist, questioner, quidnunc, rubberneck, rubbernecker …   Moby Thesaurus

  • eavesdropper — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. listener, wiretapper, hearer, auditor, sleuth, Peeping Tom, snoop* …   English dictionary for students

  • eavesdropper — n. one who listens in on another person s private conversation …   English contemporary dictionary

  • eavesdropper — n. Stealthy listener …   New dictionary of synonyms

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