If a guy recently kissed you on the cheek then you’re probably wondering why he did it and what it might have meant.

This post will help you figure out why he did it and help you understand why other guys might do it in the future.

So, what does it mean when a guy kisses you on the cheek? It could be a sign that he likes you especially if it wasn’t a formal setting and if he only did it with you. He might also do it to be polite or to reassure you.

Since there are a number of reasons why a guy will kiss you on the cheek it’s important to consider the context of how he did it and the body language that he showed.

By doing so you’ll be able to get a better understanding of why he kissed you on the cheek.

Reasons why a guy will kiss you on the cheek

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

Below, I’ll mention a number of different reasons why a guy will kiss you on the cheek and the body language signals to expect to see with them.

He is attracted to you

If he only kissed you on the cheek, he changes his body language when you are around and he didn’t kiss your cheek when he was greeting you then it would be likely that he did it due to being attracted to you.

When a guy is attracted to a girl he will often find excuses to touch her so if he kissed you on the cheek while making an excuse to do so then it would also be likely that he did it due to being attracted to you.

If he did do it because he is attracted to you then it would be likely that he would show other signs of attraction in his body language and behavior.

These signs can include:

  • Mirroring your body language
  • Asking you more questions than he does to other people when you’re in a group together
  • Standing in your personal space when talking to you
  • Getting agitated when you’re talking to other men
  • Staring at you then quickly looking away when you notice
  • Uncrossing his arms and legs when he first sees you
  • Sitting upright when he first sees you
  • Adjusting his clothing or hair when he first sees you
  • Pointing his feet at you
  • Talking with a deeper voice when you’re around
  • Becoming defensive when other men your age are around
  • Asking your friends about you
  • Blinking more frequently
  • His pupils become more dilated when he is with you

He wants to be more than just friends

If he has been your friend for a while then the reason that he kissed you on the cheek is likely to be because he wants to be more than just friends with you.

If that is why he kissed your cheek it would be likely that he would be showing signs of attraction around you that you’re not picking up on.

He would be especially likely to get agitated when you talk to other men, make plans based around your schedule and that he would get defensive or jealous when other men are around.

He wanted to see your reaction

It could also be the case that he is attracted to you but he is unsure if you are attracted to him. The reason that he kissed your cheek might have been to see if you would react positively.

If that is why he kissed your cheek then it would also be likely that he would have shown other signs of being attracted to you in his behavior and body language.

He was trying to reassure you

If you were talking to him about something that made you sad and you were showing signs of being sad such as watery eyes, sniffing or taking deeper breaths then he might have done it to reassure you.

If that is why he did it then it would be likely that he would only have done it then and not at other times as well.

He was being polite

If he did it when you were meeting each other for the first time then he might have done it to be polite.

This would be more likely if you were meeting in a formal setting.

Consider what your relationship with him is like

The type of relationship that you have with him could have an impact on why he kissed your cheek.

If he is a friend then it would make it more likely that he either did it to reassure you or due to being attracted to you. It would be helpful to consider the context of how he did it, if you were sad at the time and the type of behavior and body language that he was showing to figure out exactly why.

Whereas, if it was a guy that you were meeting for the first time then it would be more likely that he was being polite. However, if he didn’t do it when you were being introduced to him or when you were formally meeting then it would signal attraction and dominating behavior.

Consider the way he reacts to seeing you

The way that he reacts when he initially sees you will also likely give you a number of clues about the way that he feels about you.

If he points his feet at you, raises his eyebrows and smiles, watches you as you enter, positions himself to be near you, sits or stands more upright, adjusts his hair or clothing and his pupils become more dilated then it would be likely that he is attracted to you.

Think about how he interacts with other people

Comparing the way that he behaves around other people with the way that he behaves around you will also help you in figuring out the way that he feels about you.

If he tends to kiss other woman friends of his on the cheek and he shows the same behavior and body language around you then it would be more likely that he has an overly flirtatious personality. However, it could still be the case that he is attracted to you but he would be more likely to show more subtle signs of it if he does such as pupil dilation and pointing the feet at you.

Whereas, if he only does it with you and he changes his body language around you then it would make it more likely that he is attracted to you assuming that he changes it in a way that signals attraction.

Look for multiple clues in his body language

When you’re considering the body language that he shows around you make sure to consider multiple body language signals.

There are often many reasons that a person will show a single body language signal. This makes it unreliable to draw a conclusion about a guy’s feelings towards you based on a single body language signal.

However, if he shows multiple different signs of attraction in his body language then it would be much more likely that he really is attracted to you.

Consider when and where he did it

The timing and location of when he did it would also be a useful thing to consider.

If he kissed you on the cheek while you were both alone together then it would be more likely that he was showing attraction to you or that he was trying to reassure you.

If he did it when other people were present then it could be that he was being polite, showing attraction or being dominant. It would depend on the context of how he did it to figure out the exact reason.

Related questions

Does a kiss on the cheek mean anything? It could mean that he is attracted to you. If he is then it would be likely that he would show signs of attraction around you in his body language and it would be very likely if he didn’t do it when you were formally meeting each other for the first time. It could also be that he was trying to make you feel better or that he was being polite.

What does it mean when a guy kisses you on the cheek goodbye? It could mean that he is attracted to you. You should consider if he shows signs of attraction in his body language. It could also be that he was trying to be polite depending on your relationship with him and the context of how he did it.

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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