If a girl has been responding to you with short answers then you might be wondering why she does it and what it might mean about the way that she feels about you.

This post will show you a number of reasons why she might reply to you with short answers and why other girls might do the same in the future.

So, what does it mean when a girl responds with short answers? It could be that she is annoyed with you if she doesn’t normally respond with short answers and she shows signs of being annoyed with you. She might also be nervous because she is attracted to you, sad or she might do it naturally with most people.

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There are actually a number of reasons why a girl might give you short answers and there are a number of things that you can consider.

Why a girl will respond with short answers

Each of the different reasons why she might respond with short answers will likely come with a number of clues in the way that she does it and in the body language that she shows around you.

Below, I will mention a number of reasons why a girl will respond with short answers, the signs to look for and the things to consider.

She is annoyed with you

The reason that she was giving you short answers could be that she was annoyed with you.

This would be more likely if she was only doing it with you, she usually doesn’t respond with short answers like she was and if she started doing it after something happened that would cause her to be annoyed with you.

If she was annoyed with you then she might have shown other signs of it, in her body language, by doing things such as:

  • Squinting at you
  • Having tight lips when talking to you
  • Smiling at you only with the mouth
  • Looking away from you a lot
  • Standing further away from you

She is nervous

Alternatively, the reason that she was giving you short answers could have been that she was nervous and she didn’t want to say something that would make her look silly.

The reason that she was nervous could have been that she had some social anxiety. This would be more likely if she was also giving other people short answers and if she was showing similar body language around other people as well.

If she was nervous then she might have shown other signs of being nervous such as:

  • Struggling to hold eye contact
  • Rubbing her face, arms or neck a lot
  • Fidgeting
  • Having a dry mouth and coughing
  • Tapping the finders and feet a lot
  • Swaying from side to side when standing

The reason that she was nervous could also have been that she was attracted to you. This would be more likely if she was only doing it with you, she was showing different body language around you compared to when she was with other people and she wasn’t showing any negative signs.

If she is attracted to you then she might show signs of it in her body language, when she is around you, these signs could include:

  • Adjusting her appearance when she sees you
  • Laughing and looking to see if you are also laughing
  • Standing closer to you than she does with other people
  • Brushing her hair to the side when she sees you
  • Stroking her hair when talking to you
  • Glancing at you a lot
  • Watching you when you are around other girls
  • Having dilated pupils when looking at you (peoples pupils become dilated when looking at someone that they are attracted to)
  • Pointing her feet at you (people point their feet at people that they are attracted to)

There are more signs of attraction that a girl might show you and I have written about more of them in this blog post.

She does it naturally

It might be the case that she gives short answers to people naturally.

If this is the case then it would be more likely that she would show similar body language around you as she does around everyone else and that she would give other people short answers a lot as well.

If she does seem to do it naturally then it could still be the case that she is attracted to you. If she is then it would be likely that she would show signs of being attracted to you when she is around you.

She is sad

The reason that she was doing it might have been that she was feeling sad.

This would be more likely if she doesn’t normally give you short answers and if she was talking to you about something that might have made her feel sad.

She might also have shown signs of being sad such as:

  • Drooping the shoulders
  • Speaking with a monotone voice
  • Sniffing or taking deep breaths a lot
  • Looking down a lot
  • Not making many facial expressions

Consider how she reacts to seeing you

When trying to figure out how she feels about you it would help to consider the way that she reacts to seeing you.

If she noticeably changes her body language when she sees you then it would make it more likely that she has good or bad feelings about you.

If she reacts to seeing you by doing things such as:

  • Brushing her hair to the side
  • Adjusting her appearance
  • Facing towards you
  • Raising her eyebrows and smiling
  • Moving closer to you

Then it would be more likely that she is attracted to you.

Whereas, if she reacts to seeing you by doing things such as:

  • Squinting
  • Smiling only at the mouth
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Facing away from you
  • Moving away from you

Then it would be more likely that she is annoyed with you in some way.

Consider how she interacts with other people

People can show certain body language signs, that would normally suggest one thing, naturally. This can mean that certain body language signs might not mean what they normally would. This is why it would help to compare the way that she interacts with you with how she interacts with other people.

If she shows the same body language around you as she does around other people and she gives them short answers as well then it would be more likely that she does it naturally.

Whereas, if she shows different body language around you and she only seems to give you short answers then it would be more likely that she has good or bad feelings about you depending on how she changes it.

Consider when and where she gives you short answers

It would also help to consider if she only does it at certain times or locations.

If she only seems to give you short answers when certain people are around then it could suggest that she doesn’t want them to see her with you or it might suggest that she gets uncomfortable around them.

Whereas, if she always seems to do it then she might do it for any of the reasons mentioned above and it would help to consider the body language she shows, when she started doing it, how she interacts with others and how she reacts to seeing you.

Consider multiple aspects of her body language

When considering what her body language could be suggesting it would help to consider multiple signs at the same time.

The reason for this is that a single body language sign can have many different meanings. This can make single body language signs unreliable on their own.

Whereas, if she shows multiple body language signs that all suggest the same thing then it would make it more likely that she is showing them for that reason.

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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