What is it called, if someone watches their crush from behind without the crush knowing?
I often watch movies in which a guy looks at a girl he likes, happily watching her for some time and pretending to be talking with his friends when the girl looks back or realizes his actions.
Is there a single word for that?
I can’t think of another word other than spying, which is just wrong, I think.
To be precise:
I think furtive/furtively works here.
behaving in a way that shows that you want to keep something secret and do not want to be noticed
- He looked at her furtively
- He cast a furtive glance towards her.
It doesn’t have the negative connotations of spying or stalking.