If a guy recently called you love then you’re probably wondering why he said it.

This post will help you understand why he called you love and help you understand why other guys might call you love in the future.

So, what does it mean when a guy calls you love? It might mean that he is attracted to you if he only says it to you and he shows other signs of attraction around you. It could also be that he says it naturally, he is showing that he cares about you or he might say it because he is being condescending.

Since a guy might call you love for a number of reasons it is important to consider the context of how he says it and the body language that he shows.

Reasons why a guy will call you love

Each of the different reasons why a guy will call you love 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 love and the body language signs that you can expect to see with them.

He’s attracted to you

If he only calls you love and he seems to show positive and different body language signs and behavior around you then it could be a sign that he is attracted to you.

A guy calling a woman love by itself wouldn’t be a very strong sign of attraction since there are a number of reasons that a guy might say it. However, if he shows other signs of attraction in his body language then it would be likely that he is attracted to her.

If he called you love 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.

These signs could include:

  • Mirroring your body language
  • Staring at you then quickly looking away when you notice
  • Standing closer to you than he does with other people when talking to you
  • Asking you the most questions when you’re in a group
  • Always pointing his feet at you
  • Having dilated pupils when talking to you
  • Getting agitated when you’re with other men, sticking around when you are and watching you when you’re with other men
  • Talking to you with a deeper voice than he does with other people
  • Blinking more frequently than normal
  • Finding excuses to touch you
  • Holding prolonged eye contact with you
  • Becoming defensive when there are other men with you both
  • Asking your friends about you
  • A lack of negative signs such as squinting, tight lips, tensing the jaw or tightening the eyebrows
  • Sitting with a straighter posture when he sees you
  • Uncrossing his arms and legs when he sees you
  • Making adjustments to his clothing and/or hair when he sees you

He’s comfortable with you

It might be the case that he calls his female friends love and that calling you love as well is a sign that he is comfortable around you.

If that is why he calls you love then it would be likely that you would notice him calling his other female friends love and that he would show similar body language around them as he does around you.

It’s something that he naturally calls women

Some men naturally call women love when talking to them.

This could be the reason that he called you love. If that is the case then it would be likely that you would notice him calling other women love.

It might be the case that he does naturally call women love but he says it to you for a different reason. If that is the case then it would be likely that he would show different body language signs around you than he does with other people.

He’s being disrespectful

If he called you love when you made a suggestion, in a sarcastic way or if he called you love when disagreeing with you then it could be the case that he was being disrespectful.

If that is why he called you love then it would be likely that he would show other negative signs around you in his behavior and body language such as:

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

He wants to be more than just friends

If he is your friend and he doesn’t call is other female friends love 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 signs of nervousness around you since he hasn’t been able to express his feelings towards your overtly yet.

Some of these signs could include:

Speaking with an upwards inflection where he talks with a higher pitch at the ends of sentences

  • Rubbing his arms, face, legs or neck often
  • Struggling to maintain eye contact
  • Fidgeting
  • Tapping the fingers and feet
  • Wringing the hands

It would also be likely that he would show signs of attraction around you that you haven’t picked up on yet.

It would be especially likely that he would get anxious when you’re with other men, get defensive when other men are with you both and that he would make plans based on your plans.

He wants to see your reaction

It might be the case that he called you love specifically 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 isn’t sure whether or not you are attracted to him. If that is why he did it then it would be likely that he would have shown other signs of attraction.

He loves you

The reason that he called you love could be that he loves you.

If that is why he said it then it would be likely that he is your boyfriend and that he would only say it to you. It would also be likely that he would show a number of signs of attraction around you.

It’s normal in his culture

In some cultures such as in the United Kingdom, it is common to call a woman love when talking to her.

If he is from one of these cultures then that could be why he has a habit of calling you love. If it is why he calls you it then it would be likely that he would say it to other women as well.

Even if he is from one of these cultures it still might be the case that he says it to you for a different reason so you should consider how behaves around you and his body language.

Consider the way that he reacts to seeing you

When trying to understand why he might have called you love it would be helpful to consider the way that he reacts to seeing you.

If he has feelings for you then it is likely that he would change his body language quickly when he sees you and this would be a clear sign to consider.

If he reacts to seeing you by uncrossing his arms, facing his feet at you, his pupils dilate, making space for you, adjusting his hair or clothing, raising his eyebrows and smiling and he sits more upright then it would be likely that he calls you love due to being attracted to you.

Whereas, if he reacts by facing away from you, squinting, tightening the lips, tensing the jaw and crossing the arms then it would be more likely that he was being disrespectful when he called you love.

Consider the way that he interacts with other people

It would also be helpful to think about the way that he interacts with other people when trying to understand why he calls you love and how he feels about you.

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

Whereas, if he only says it to you and he changes his body language around you then it would be likely that he calls you love because he’s attracted to you assuming that he shows signs of attraction in his body language.

Consider multiple aspects of his body language

When trying to understand what his body language is suggesting it would be helpful to consider multiple aspects of his body language.

A single body language sign will usually have many different possible meanings so it’s unreliable to draw conclusions from single body language signs.

However, if he shows multiple signs of something in his body language then it would be much more likely that he is showing those signs for that exact reason.

Consider when and where he called you love

The timing and the location of when he called you love would also be a useful thing to think about.

If he called you love when you were both alone together then it would be more likely that he either said it due to feeling comfortable, he naturally says it or because he is attracted to you. It would be helpful to consider if he says it to other women and the body language that he was showing.

Whereas, if he said it in front of other people then it would be more likely that he called you love due to saying it naturally, being disrespectful or because of being attracted to you. It would be helpful to consider the tone and body language in which he said it to get a better idea of why he said it.

Think about your relationship with him

The type of relationship that you have with him will also have an impact on why he would call you love.

If he is your friend then it would be more likely that he calls you love because he wants to be more than just friends or because he says it to his female friends normally. You should consider if he shows numerous signs of attraction to figure out which reason it is.

If he is a guy that you don’t know very well then it would be more likely that he either calls women love naturally or that he was being disrespectful.

Related

What does it mean when a guy calls you love all the time? It could be that he naturally calls his female friends love or he might be showing that he likes you. Consider if he says it to other women as well and if he shows signs of attraction when he is with you.

What does it mean when a guy calls you my love? It could be that he naturally says it to women, that he feels comfortable with you, that he likes you, that he was being disrespectful or it’s a normal thing to say in his culture.

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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