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which adjective can I use to describe my neighbor, who is always trying to keep eye on my personal matters like what am I bringing from market or what am I cooking etc?


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closed as general reference by J.R., tchrist, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者, Hellion, Kristina Lopez Mar 8 '13 at 18:34

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I'd recommend asking a question like this on the Stack Exchange site for English Language Learners... have you visited there yet? – J.R. Mar 8 '13 at 13:33
No, I just came to know about this from your comment. Thanks! – shampa Mar 8 '13 at 13:35
The question is closed, so I can't answer. There are a lot of words mentioned here, but I didn't see pry or prying. Just adding that to the list. The expression would be "The neighbour's prying eyes". – ffledgling Mar 8 '13 at 18:40

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For an adjective, try nosy.

For a verb, try snoop.

From NOAD:

snoop to investigate or look around furtively in an attempt to find out something, esp. information about someone's private affairs

nosy (of a person or their behavior) showing too much curiosity about other people's affairs

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There are many words to describe such a person: Nosey Parker, busybody, meddler, quidnunc, etc.

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All these are for the situation where the other person is openly intrusive in to your affairs. 'to snoop' is behind your back. – Mitch Mar 8 '13 at 22:22

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the person you describe is called a neb. The adjectival form is nebby.

A. My neighbor is such a neb. He's always prying into my business.

B. I hope you won't think I'm being nebby, but what did you buy at the market today?

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inquisitive, curious, or snoopy can be used.

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Keeping an eye on you? The perfect expression for this person is "became your shadow".

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