If a guy recently called you adorable then you’re probably wondering why he did it and what he meant by it.

This post will help you figure out why he said it and help you to understand why other men might do it in the future.

So, what does it mean when a guy calls you adorable? It might mean that he likes you especially if he only says it to you, if he says other similar things to you and if he shows other signs of attraction around you. He might also be teasing you, being condescending or doing it as a power-play.

Since there are a number of reasons why he might have said that you’re adorable it’s important to consider the body language that he shows around you and the context of how he did it.

By doing so you’ll be able to get a better idea of why he called you adorable.

Reasons why a guy will call you adorable

Each of the different reasons why a guy will call you adorable will likely come with a number of different clues in his body language.

Below, I will mention a number of reasons why a guy will call you adorable and the body language signals that you should expect to see with them.

He’s attracted to you

If he only said it to you and he changes his body language and behavior when he is around you then it would be likely that he is attracted to you.

If he is attracted to you he would likely show a number of body language signals of attraction which could include:

  • Holding prolonged eye contact with you
  • His pupils become dilated when he is around you
  • Standing close to you when talking to you
  • Mirroring your body language
  • Talking to you with a deeper voice than he does with other people
  • Uncrossing his arms and legs when he sees you
  • Sitting up straight when he sees you
  • Making his hair or clothing look good when he sees you
  • Becoming agitated while you are talking to other men your age
  • Getting defensive while other men are around
  • Making plans based on your schedule
  • Keeping his focus on you when you’re in a group together
  • Asking you lots of questions even when you’re both in a group together

It’s especially important to consider whether or not he shows some of these signals as soon as he sees you. This is because it would be a strong sign of attraction if he naturally changes his body language as soon as he sees you in a way that suggests attraction.

He’s teasing you

The reason that he called you adorable could be that he was teasing you.

If that is why he did it then he would likely have done it right after you did or said something silly and he would have changed the tone of his voice when he did it.

He’s being condescending

Alternatively, he might have called you adorable in a more condescending way.

If he said it in a condescending way then he likely would have said it after you said or did something that wasn’t all that silly.

He would also likely show other behaviors of being slightly condescending towards you such as:

  • Having tight lips when you’re talking
  • Smirking at you when you’re talking
  • Not taking what you have to say seriously
  • Putting his chin up and looking down from his nose at you

He did it as a power-play

He might have called you adorable as a way to show that he is of a higher position than you in the group.

If that is why he did it then it would be likely that he would have done it when you made a suggestion but he might also have done it at a different time as well.

If he did do it as a power-play then it would be likely that he would show other signs of dominant behavior in his body language which can include:

  • Telling people to do things
  • Talking over people
  • Interrupting people
  • Standing in people’s personal space
  • Talking with a deeper voice
  • Putting his hands and feet on things that aren’t his
  • Staring at people when talking to them
  • Standing in a way that makes his body appear larger
  • Standing with the feet spread apart
  • Showing the thumbs in the way that he stands (ie with the hands in the pockets but with his thumbs out)

He wants to be more than just friends

If he is your friend then it could be a sign that he wants to be more than just friends with you.

If he does then it would be likely that he would show other signs of liking you in his body language and behavior that you might not have picked up on.

It would be especially probable that he would get agitated when you’re with other men and that he would stick around, he would likely get defensive when other men are around and he would probably make plans that are based around your schedule.

Think about the way that he reacts to seeing you

The way that he initially reacts to seeing you will likely be a useful thing to consider.

If he tends to sit up straight, hold prolonged eye contact with you, point his feet at you, make adjustments to his clothing or hair, his pupils dilate and he uncrosses his arms and legs when he sees you then it would be likely that he is attracted to you.

Whereas, if he crosses his arms and legs, squints at you, tightens his lips, points his feet away from you, tightens his jaw and avoids eye contact with you when he sees you then it would be likely that he said it to you for a negative reason.

Think about how he interacts with other people

It would also be helpful to compare the way that he interacts with you with the way that he interacts with other people.

If you notice that he says similar things to other women and he shows the same body language around you as he does around them then it would be less likely that he said it due to being attracted to you unless he is also attracted to them. It could be that he has a dominating personality in which case he would likely show signs of it in his body language and behavior.

Whereas, if he only said it to you and his body language does change when he sees you then it would be more likely that he said it because he is attracted to you assuming that he shows signs of attraction in his body language and behavior.

Consider the location that he said it in

The timing and the location that he called you adorable at would also be helpful to consider.

If he called you adorable in front of other people after you said or did something then it would be more likely that he was either teasing you, being condescending or that he did it as a power-play. It could still be the case that he did it due to being attracted to you and you should consider the way that he said it and the body language and behavior that he shows around you.

Whereas, if he said it while you were both alone together it would be more likely that he was showing that he’s attracted to you.

Look for multiple body language signals

When trying to understand what his body language is suggesting it would be best to consider multiple different body language signals at a time.

This is because single body language signals can be unreliable on their own since they will usually have multiple different meanings.

Whereas, if a guy shows multiple body language signs that can all have the same meaning then it would be more likely that he did it 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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