If a guy recently called you pretty then you’re probably wondering why and what it might mean.

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

So, what does it mean when a guy calls you pretty? It would often mean that he is attracted to you especially if he only says it to you and he shows other signs of attraction around you. He might also say in naturally, be being condescending, doing it as a power-play or he might say it to make you feel better.

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

By doing so you’ll be able to get a better understanding of why he would call you pretty.

Reasons why a guy will call you pretty

Each of the different reasons why a guy will call a girl pretty will often come with a number of clues in his body language.

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

He likes you

If he only calls you pretty, he is around the same age as you and he changes his body language in a positive way when you are around then it would be likely that he is attracted to you.

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

These signs could include:

  • Mirroring your body language
  • Standing closer to you when talking to you than he does with other people
  • Holding prolonged eye contact with you
  • Having dilated pupils when he is with you
  • Becoming agitated when you’re talking to other men
  • Pointing his feet in your direction when you’re around
  • Getting defensive when other men are with you both
  • Making excuses to touch you
  • Asking you the most questions when in a group together
  • Staring at you then looking away if you notice
  • Talking to you with a deeper voice than he does with his other friends
  • Sitting or standing with a straighter posture when he sees you
  • Uncrossing his arms when he sees you
  • Asking your friends about you
  • Making adjustments to his appearance when he sees you

He wants to be more than just friends

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

If that is the case, then it would also be likely that he would show signs of attraction in his body language when he is with you.

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

It’s normal in his culture

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

If the guy that called you pretty is from a culture where it’s common for men to say it then it could be why he called you pretty.

Even if he is from a culture where it is normal to call a woman pretty he still might have called you pretty for a different reason. If he did then it would be likely that he would show it with aspects of his body language.

He wants to see how you’ll react

The reason that he called you pretty might be that he wanted to see your reaction.

The reason that he wanted to see your reaction could be that he is attracted to you but he isn’t sure if you’re attracted to him.

If he did call you pretty because he is attracted to you and he isn’t sure if you’re attracted to him then it would be likely that he would show signs of attraction in his body language and behavior.

He’s being condescending

The reason that he called you pretty could be that he was being condescending.

If he did call you pretty because of being condescending then it would be likely that he would have said it with a sarcastic tone, when disagreeing with you or after you made a suggestion.

If he called you pretty for this reason then it would also be likely that he would show other signs of being condescending such as:

  • Tilting his chin up and looking down at you
  • Smirking when looking at you
  • Not taking your suggestions seriously
  • Not including you in discussions

He wants to make you feel better

The reason that he called you pretty could be that he was trying to get you to feel better.

If he was then it would be likely that you were showing signs of being upset at the time such as having watery eyes, inhaling quickly through the nose and taking deep breaths.

It would also be likely that he wouldn’t call you pretty at other times as well.

He is doing it as a power-play

The reason that he called you pretty could be that he was trying to show that he is in a more powerful position than you in some way.

If that is why he called you pretty then it would be more likely that he would have said it with a deeper voice, in front of other people or when telling you to do something.

If it’s why he called you pretty then it would also be likely that he would show signs of dominating behavior as well which could include:

  • Standing in people’s personal space
  • Touching people
  • Talking over people
  • Talking with a deeper voice
  • Interrupting people
  • Staring at people while squinting and tightening the eyebrows
  • Having tight lips when people are talking
  • Telling people to do things
  • Positioning himself to be at the center of things
  • Taking up lots of space in his stance
  • Putting his hands and feet on things that aren’t his

He wants something from you

The reason that he called you pretty could be that he was trying to make you feel like you owed him something.

If that is why he called you pretty then it would be likely that he would have also asked you to do a favor for him at that time as well.

It would also be more likely that you only seem to see him when he needs you to do something for him.

Consider the way that he reacts to seeing you

When trying to understand why a guy might call you pretty it would be particularly useful to consider the way that he reacts to seeing you.

This is because if he changes his body language and behavior when he sees you then it would be likely that he has some kind of an emotional response to seeing you. This would make it more likely that he has some kind of a motive behind calling you pretty.

If he reacts to seeing you by sitting upright, pointing his feet at you, adjusting his clothing or hair, holding eye contact with you, raising his eyebrows and smiling and his pupils dilate then it would be more likely that he called you pretty because he is attracted to you.

Whereas, if he reacts by crossing his arms, squinting, tightening his eyebrows, tensing his jaw and pointing his feet away from you then it would be more likely that he called you pretty for a negative reason.

Consider your relationship with him

When trying to understand why he called you pretty it would be helpful to consider what your relationship with him is like.

If he is your friend then it would be more likely that he called you pretty because he either wants more than just a friendship or because he was trying to make you feel better.

Whereas, if he was a guy that you didn’t know very well then he might have been trying to show attraction to you, he might have said it in a dominating kind of way or he might naturally say it to women. It would help to consider the way that he called you pretty and the body language that he showed.

Think about the way that he interacts with other people

When trying to understand why he called you pretty it would be helpful to think about the way that he interacts with others and how he is different with you.

If he also calls other women pretty a lot 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.

Whereas, if he only calls you pretty and he changes his body language around you then it would be more likely that he calls you pretty due to being attracted to you or because he does it as a power-play. It would be necessary to consider if he shows body language signs of attraction when he is with you to get a better understanding.

Think about when and where he called you pretty

The timing and the location of where he called you pretty would also be a useful thing to consider.

If he called you pretty when you were both alone together then it would be much more likely that he called you pretty because he is attracted to you or because he was trying to make you feel better.

Whereas, if he called you pretty in front of other people then it would be more likely that he was doing it as a power-play. However, he might have done it for a different reason such as attraction or saying it to women naturally. So, it would be helpful to consider how he called you pretty and the body language that he showed.

Look for multiple signs

When trying to understand why he called you pretty it would be helpful to consider multiple body language signs at a time.

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

Whereas, if he shows multiple body language signs that can all have the same meaning then it would be more likely that he is showing them for that particular 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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