What is EAVESDROPPING?

In English criminal law. The offense of listening under walls orwindows, or the eaves of a house, to hearken after discourse, and thereupon to frameslanderous and mischievous tales. 4 Bl. Comm. 168. It is a misdemeanor at commonlaw, indictable at sessions, and punishable by fine and finding sureties for good behavior.Id.; Steph. Crim. Law, 109. See State v. Pennington, 3 Head (Tenn.) 300, 75Am. Dec. 771; Com. v. Lovett 4 Clark (Pa.) 5; Selden v. State, 74 Wis. 271, 42 N. W.218, 17 Am. St. Rep. 144.

More On This Topic



Link to This Definition
Did you find this definition of EAVESDROPPING helpful? You can share it by copying the code below and adding it to your blog or web page.
Written and fact checked by The Law Dictionary