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Noun: earwig  'eer,wig
  1. Any of numerous insects of the order Dermaptera having elongate bodies and slender many-jointed antennae and a pair of large pincers at the rear of the abdomen
Verb: earwig (earwigged,earwigging)  'eer,wig
Usage: Brit (N. Amer: eavesdrop)
  1. Listen without the speaker's knowledge
    "the jealous man was earwigging on his wife's conversations";
    - listen in, eavesdrop

Derived forms: earwigged, earwigging, earwigs

Type of: insect, listen

Part of: Dermaptera, order Dermaptera

Encyclopedia: Earwig