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

This post will help you figure out why he called you cute and help you to understand why other guys might call you cute in the future.

So, what does it mean when a guy calls you cute? He might call you cute because he likes you especially if he only says it to you and he shows other signs of attraction around you. He might also say it naturally, to make you feel better, to comment on your personality or he might be being condescending.

Since there are a number of reasons why a guy might call you cute it is important to consider the context of how he called you cute and the body language that he showed.

By doing so you’ll be able to get a better understanding of the motivations that he had behind calling you cute.

Reasons why a guy will call you cute

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

Below, I will mention a number of reasons why a guy will call you cute and the body language signals to look for with them.

He is attracted to you

If he only calls you cute, he’s around your age and he changes his body language and behavior in a positive way when he is around you then it would be likely that he is attracted to you.

If he does call you cute because he is attracted to you then it would be likely that he would show other signs of being attracted to you in his body language and behavior when he is around you.

These signs can include:

  • Mirroring your body language
  • Finding excuses to touch you
  • Always pointing his feet at you when you are around
  • Standing closer to you when talking to you than he does with other women
  • Talking to you with a deeper voice than he does with other people
  • Having dilated pupils when you are around
  • Sitting up straight when he notices you
  • Adjusting his hair or clothing when he notices you
  • Asking you the most questions when you’re in a group together
  • Uncrossing his arms and legs when he sees you
  • Getting agitated when you’re with other men and sticking around while you’re with other men
  • Acting defensive when other men are around
  • Asking your friends about you
  • Staring at you then quickly looking away when you notice
  • Holding prolonged eye contact with you

He’s looking for more than just a friendship

If he has been your friend for a while then the reason that he calls you cute could be that he wants more than just a friendship with you.

If that is why he calls you cute then it would be likely that he would show signs of attraction when he is around you that you might not have picked up on.

If he does want to be more than just friends then it would be especially likely that he would get defensive when other men are with you both, make plans based on yours and that he would become agitated when you’re with other men.

It’s normal in his culture

In some cultures, it is normal to call a woman cute when talking to her even if he isn’t attracted to her.

The reason that he called you cute could be that he is from a culture where it is normal to call any woman cute when talking to her.

Even if he is from one of these cultures he still might have called you cute for a different reason. If he did then it would be likely that he would show other signs of it in his body language.

He was being condescending

The reason that a guy would call you cute could be that he was being condescending.

If he was then it would be likely that he called you cute after you made a suggestion, with a sarcastic tone or when arguing with you.

If he was being condescending then he would likely have also been showing other condescending body language signs such as:

  • Pointing his chin up and looking down at you
  • Smirking at you when you’re talking
  • Having tight lips when you’re talking
  • Not including you in discussions
  • Not taking you seriously

He wants to see your reaction

The reason that he called you cute could be that he wanted to see how you would react.

The reason that he wanted to see your reaction could be that he is attracted to you but he is not sure whether or not you are attracted to him.

If that is the case then it would be likely that he would show signs of being attracted to you in his body language when he is with you.

He wants you to feel better

The reason that he called you cute could be that he was trying to cheer you up.

If he was then it would be more likely that you were feeling sad at the time and that you were showing signs of being sad. These signs could have included having watery eyes, taking deep breaths and inhaling quickly through the nose.

If he did just call you cute because he was trying to make you feel better then it would be likely that he would only have called you cute at that time and not at other times as well.

He’s doing it as a power-play

It could be the case that he called you cute as a way of showing that he is in a more powerful position than you.

If he did then it would be more likely that he would have called you cute in front of other people, with a deeper voice and possibly when telling you to do something.

If he called you cute as a power-play it would be likely that he would have shown other dominating signs in his body language which could have included things like:

  • Telling people to do things
  • Staring at people
  • Squinting when looking at people
  • Having eyebrows that are close together when looking at people
  • Tightening the lips when people are talking
  • Talking over people
  • Interrupting people
  • Touching people
  • Standing in people’s personal space
  • Standing or sitting with a stance that makes the body appear larger
  • Putting his hands and feet on things that are not his

He thinks that you have an interesting personality

Sometimes a guy will call a girl cute when referring to her personality.

The reason that he called you cute could be that he thinks that you have an adorable type of personality.

If that is why he said it then it would also be more likely that he is attracted to you and you should consider whether or not he shows signs of it in his body language.

Consider your relationship with him

When trying to understand why he called you cute it would be helpful to consider the type of relationship that you have with him.

If he has been your friend for a while then it would be more likely that he was either referring to your personality, he wants to be more than just friends or that he wanted you to feel better. It would be helpful to consider if he calls his other friends cute, if he shows signs of attraction around you and how often he calls you cute.

If it’s a guy that you don’t know very well then it would be more likely that he was attracted to you, being condescending, doing it as a power-play, referring to your personality or it is a normal thing for him to say. It would be helpful to consider the tone of how he said it and the context that he called you cute in.

Consider how he interacts with other people

Comparing the way that he interacts with other people with the way that he interacts with you would be helpful in understanding why he calls you cute.

If he calls other women cute and he shows the same body language around them as he does around you then it would be more likely that he naturally says it when talking to women.

However, if he only calls you cute and he changes his body language around you then it would be more likely that he said it for one of the reasons mentioned above. It would be especially likely that he says it due to being attracted to you so you should consider the body language that he shows when he calls you cute.

Think about how he reacts to seeing you

Thinking about the way that he initially reacts to seeing you would be a particularly useful thing to consider when trying to understand why he would call you cute.

This is because, if he changes his body language when he sees you, then it would be a strong sign that he had an emotional response to seeing you.

If he reacts to seeing you by uncrossing his arms, sitting upright, pointing his feet at you, making space for you, his pupils dilate and he adjusts his clothing or hair then it would be more likely that he called you cute because of attraction.

Whereas, if he crosses his arms, squints, tightens his lips, tenses his jaw and tightens his eyebrows together when looking at you then it would be more likely that he called you cute for a negative reason.

Think about when and where he calls you cute

The timing and location of when he calls you cute would also be a useful thing to consider.

If he called you cute when you were both alone together it would be more likely that he said it because of attraction or trying to make you feel better.

If he called you cute in front of other people then it would be more likely that he said it as a power-play but it might also have been for a different reason such as attraction or being natural for him. You should consider the tone and context of how he called you cute to get a better understanding.

Consider multiple aspects of his body language

When trying to understand why he called you cute it would be helpful to consider multiple aspects of his body language at the same time.

If he only shows one body language sign of a particular thing then it would be unreliable since single body language signs can have many different meanings.

Whereas, if he shows a number of body language signs of a particular thing such as attraction then it would be a lot more likely that it’s why he is showing those signs.

Related

What does it mean when a guy calls you cute a lot? If a guy calls you cute a lot then it would be more likely that he either calls women cute naturally or that he is attracted to you. It might also be that he does it as a power-play so you should consider if he says it in a positive or negative way.

What does it mean when a guy calls you cutie? It would be more likely that he is either attracted to you or that he likes your personality. It might also be that he was being condescending or that he naturally calls women cute.

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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