If a guy touched your lips, this post will show you likely reasons why and what would make each of them more likely.

So, what does it mean when a guy touches your lips? Likely reasons why a guy will touch your lips are that he is attracted to you, he is being dominant, or that he is joking.

There are a number of possible reasons why a guy will touch your lips and he might do it for a combination of reasons. However, there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.

What does it mean if a guy touches your lips?

Below are likely reasons why a guy will touch your lips and what would make them more likely.

He is attracted to you

A likely reason why a guy would touch your lips is that he is attracted to you. This would be especially likely if he only did it to you, he does other sexual things towards you and if he behaves differently with you than he does with other people.

If he did do it because he finds you attractive it is likely that he would show other signs of attraction in his body language.

These can include:

  • Glancing at you often and then quickly looking away or smiling when you notice
  • Having dilated pupils when talking to you
  • Touching you more than other people
  • Talking to you more than others
  • Blinking frequently
  • Laughing and looking at you to see if you are as well
  • Standing close to you when talking to you
  • Looking at your lips when talking to you
  • Holding prolonged eye contact
  • Staying in your general area
  • Standing or sitting near you when in a group
  • Showing signs of nervousness when talking to you such as rubbing the face, neck, arms or legs
  • Getting defensive when other men are around
  • Getting anxious when you’re talking to other men
  • Adjusting his clothing or hair when he sees you

He is being dominant

When people are trying to position themselves as the dominant person in a group they will often touch other people in the group.

The reason why he might have touched you on the lips could be because he was trying to show his higher status in the group.

If he was being dominating then he would be likely to show other signs of dominating behavior such as:

  • Taking up lots of space
  • Touching other people
  • Putting his hands or feet on things that aren’t his
  • Staring
  • Talking over people
  • Talking loudly with a deeper voice
  • Telling people to do things
  • Squinting
  • Tight lips
  • Tension in the jaw

He is joking

Sometimes people will touch another person’s lips as a way to tease them about something.

This could be why he touched you on the lips.

If this is why he did it he might have done it while imitating you with a high voice or while repeating something that you said.

It could be the case that he used teasing as an excuse to touch you because he finds you attractive. If that is the case then it would be likely that he shows a number of the signals of attraction mentioned above when he’s with you.

He wants to be more than friends

It could be the case that he did it as a way to covertly tell you that he wants more than just a friendship with you.

If that is why he did it then it would be likely that he has been your friend for a while. It would also be likely that he has actually been showing a number of other signals of attraction when with you that you haven’t picked up on.

Since it would be likely that he hasn’t actually told you that he’s into you he probably would also show signs of being nervous around you.

Some of these things could include:

  • Blinking frequently
  • Struggling to maintain eye contact
  • Rubbing his face, neck, arms or legs
  • Touching the front of his neck
  • Tapping his feet and fingers
  • Speaking at a higher pitch
  • Fidgeting

Think about your relationship with him

When trying to figure out why he touched you on the lips it would be helpful to think about what your relationship with him is like.

If you have been friends with him for a long time but he hasn’t touched you before, it would be more likely that he did it as a way to show his attraction to you.

If you hadn’t met him before, it could be a signal that he has dominating tendencies or that he was showing his attraction to you. It would be necessary to consider what his body language was like in figuring out why. It could also have been both.

Think about when and where he did it

The location and the timing of when he touched your lips would likely be a useful thing to think about as well.

If he touched you on the lips right after you said something silly in a social place, it would make it more likely that he was teasing you.

If he did it when you were both alone together and he changed his vocal tone and the expressions in his body language when he did it then it would be much more likely to have been due to attraction.

Consider his normal behavior

When trying to make sense of body language signals it’s important to think about what their normal body language looks like.

If he tends to touch other people on the lips, it could suggest that he has a more dominating or perhaps condescending personality but it wouldn’t necessarily mean much when he does it to you. That is unless he showed other body language signals that he doesn’t normally show.

If he doesn’t tend to touch other people when talking to them, it would make it much more likely that he touched you on the lips due to one of the reasons already mentioned.

If you want to learn more about body language, a book I would recommend would be The Definitive Book of Body Language (on Amazon). It shows you how to interpret body language and understand people's true intentions.


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