Let's say I daily offer water to one specific holy plant. One day i'm in a converstion with my new neighbour for the first time ever since he came(after many months).

ME: I'm quite religious.
HE: Yeah, I've seen you offer water daily to that plant.
ME: Really? I didn't know I was 'being secretly watched.'

I'd like to replace 'secretly watched' with another one word that can imply the same meaning.
It could be of any form. Please feel free to re-phrase my line, if needed. I feel like there is a one word for that.
I'd appreciate any help.

  • related: english.stackexchange.com/questions/247705/…
    – fixer1234
    Feb 23, 2017 at 7:09
  • @fixer1234well...that site did not have any words that would fit in my context. Maybe the situation is same but here I'd like to playfully tell the guy that 'I didn't know I was a victim of his furtive glances...'
    – Nikki
    Feb 23, 2017 at 7:29
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    A side note. In English, we normally "water a plant" or "give the plant some water". We normally reserve the verb offer for sentient beings, for creatures that can accept or refuse the offer. Plants are not included in that category in western cultures.
    – TimR
    Feb 23, 2017 at 21:03
  • @TRomano Thankyou for pointing that out. I did consider that fact before but the I came across offering water while surfing the net, so I thought it would be universal.. If it's really not acceptable please feel free to kindly edit my question:)
    – Nikki
    Feb 24, 2017 at 3:20
  • The verb offer is not unacceptable here; offer is in keeping with the notion that the plant is holy. I only wanted to point out the words we use when speaking of typical plants of the secular variety.
    – TimR
    Feb 24, 2017 at 11:57

3 Answers 3


The standard answer would be

I didn't know I was 'being spied on / upon.'

for something not as accusatory, one might ask

Have you been spying on me?

with a smile.


As user178049 suggested, spied on (spy: To watch or observe secretly)

Another would be that you were surveilled (surveillance: close watch kept over someone or something (as by a detective))

  • Thankyou, but I was kind of hoping fo a word which has a playful and mischevious tone to it rather than accusing one. That's why I'm doubtful to consider either of these words.
    – Nikki
    Feb 23, 2017 at 6:59
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    @Nikki, Surveilled is definitely not playful, by spying is sometimes used as a playful term. I'll have to think about potential other words.
    – fixer1234
    Feb 23, 2017 at 7:02
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    @Nikki, "secretly admired" or "secret admirer" would be positive and could imply watching someone in secret (it could also just mean holding someone in high esteem but not telling anyone).
    – fixer1234
    Feb 23, 2017 at 7:06

I didn't realize I was being watched.

is idiomatic, as you have it in the title to your question.

If you want to introduce an element of mischief ("I'd like to playfully tell the guy that I didn't know I was a victim of his furtive glances... I was kind of hoping for a word which has a playful and mischevious tone to it")

I didn't know you were looking me over.

I'm not sure the plant likes to be ogled. It is a holy plant, after all.

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