I am interested in someone at my workplace and want to concentrate on tasks,but unconsciously take a glance at the person again and again. Is there any word to describe the situation? It would not be close to the following words that i came up with such as "concern"or"she has been on my mind".

Much appreciated if you could give me an example and best choice word.

  • Are you asking about words for your general state of mind? Or words for occasionally being distracted by your crush? Or more specific words for unconsciously looking at someone/something you're trying not to think about? I ask because I really can't think of any word that captures all 3 facets of your request.
    – Patrick M
    Commented Nov 11, 2016 at 5:40
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    It seems you are "distracted"
    – user662852
    Commented Nov 11, 2016 at 5:50
  • What I wanted to know appropriate words for the situation is those words such as "distracted" and "be obsessed with". I always wonder how do native speakers say "Kininaru(Japanese)" in English because "Kininaru" has a bunch of meanings as in "Worry","Concern","Distracted","Annoying" and so on. Thank you very much for your help.
    – japanese
    Commented Nov 11, 2016 at 6:53
  • "infatuated" would be one
    – AMN
    Commented Oct 21, 2018 at 4:35

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This question is not about English. It's about love. :)

I'm thinking of an expression, not a word, to describe how you feel:

"Can't take my eyes off you"

There's even a song you can hum or whistle when you think about that person.


Depends who's describing the "interest":

  1. The verb charm describes a subjective or individually pleasing interest, as from beauty or charisma.

  2. Nouns and phrases like daydreaming, mooning over, or making eyes at describes how a businesslike supervisor might regard such interest.

  3. Verbs like bother, annoy, disturb or perturb might describe the subject's own reluctant interest.


I wonder if you are distracted by the person in your office? This word can have a positive or negative connotation depending on the context - see my two examples below.

1). Negative use of distracted:

I am distracted at work because, like a reflex reaction, I often find myself glancing at my colleague to make sure that she is working and not playing games on her mobile phone.

2). Positive use of distracted:

I am distracted at work because our new member of staff is such a lively and attractive person that I find myself quite unable to stop glancing at her.

Distracted: "Unable to think about or pay attention to something: unable to concentrate". (Merriam-Webster)

  • It's been discussed in meta, and a link to the definition would make this answer more serviceable. Commented Nov 11, 2016 at 12:04
  • @AlanCarmack I can't see this on ELU meta. Please give me some pointers as to how I might locate this discussion on ELU meta. Once I have read the discussion I shall return to my question and edit my answer but wonder how this can be rendered more serviceable over and above the two scenarios I have used in my answer. Any pointers? Thanks. Commented Nov 11, 2016 at 13:53

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