If a guy recently licked his lips in front of you, this post will show you likely reasons why and what would make each of them more likely.

So, what does it mean when a guy licks his lips in front of you? Likely reasons why a guy will lick his lips in front of you are that he has something on his lips or they are dry, he is attracted to you, he is being dominant or that he is trying to flirt.

There are a number of possible reasons why a guy will lick his lips in front of you and it could be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main reason.

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What does it mean when a guy licks his lips in front of you?

Below are likely causes and what would make them more likely.

He has something on his lips

The reason that he was licking his lips could be that he had something on them.

This would be more likely if he licked his lips right after he had eaten or drunk something if he has not done it on separate occasions when talking to you and if he wasn’t showing other body language signs of attraction.

He is attracted to you

The cause might also be that he was attracted to you and trying to show it. This would be more likely if he did it when he was looking directly at you and especially if he also smiled when doing it.

If he did do it due to being attracted to you, it would be likely that he would also show other signs of being attracted to you such as:

  • 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

He is being dominant

It might also be the case that he did it because he was being dominant or doing it as a power-play.

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

If he did do it as a power-play then it would be likely that he would have shown other signs of dominating type behavior as well.

  • These signs could include:
  • Touching people a lot
  • Standing in people’s personal space
  • Talking over people
  • Talking with a deeper voice
  • Putting his hands and feet on things that are not his
  • Telling people to do things
  • Staring at people
  • Squinting when looking at people

He is trying to flirt

It could also be the case that he was trying to flirt. This would be more likely if he did it in response to something you did or said and if he did it when saying or doing other sexual things.

He has a habit of licking his lips

It could also be the case that he has a habit of licking his lips when talking to people.

If this is the case then it would be likely that he would also lick his lips when talking to other people as well and that he would show similar body language around them as with you.

It could be the case that he has a habit of licking his lips and he is attracted to you. If he is, it would be likely that he would show other signs of being attracted to you when he is around you.

Her lips were dry

It could also be the case that his lips felt dry.

This would be more likely if he did it when it was hot, cold, windy, he was showing normal body language around you, he did it while talking to other people as well and if he doesn’t normally lick his lips when talking to you.

Consider when and where he licked his lips

Considering when and where he licked his lips while talking to you would likely help in figuring out why he did it.

If he licked his lips while you were both outside then it would make it more likely that he did it because he had dry lips. If he did it while eating, it would be more likely that he had something on his lips.

If he did it while you were both at a party, it would make it more likely that he was showing attraction to you especially if he was showing other signs of attraction around you. However, it could also be the case that he did it because he had something on them.

Consider how he reacts to seeing you

Considering the way that he reacts to seeing you could also help in figuring out why he licked his lips.

If he reacts to seeing you by noticeably changing his body language in a positive way, it would increase the chances that he did it due to being attracted to you.

This means that if he reacts to seeing you by doing things such as:

  • Adjusting his appearance
  • Adjusting his posture
  • Raising his eyebrows momentarily
  • Positioning himself to be nearer to you

Then it would make it more likely that he licked his lips because he was showing attraction to you.

Consider how he interacts with other people

It would also help to compare the way that he interacts with other people with how he interacts with you.

If he also tends to lick his lips around other people and he shows the same body language around them as with you then it would make it more likely that he has a habit of licking his lips.

Whereas, if he only did it while talking to you and he was showing other different body language signs around you then it would make it more likely that he was showing attraction to you.

Consider multiple body language signs

When considering what he body language could have been suggesting it would be helpful to consider multiple body language signs at the same time.

This is because a single body language sign can have multiple different meanings making them unreliable on their own.

Whereas, it would be more likely that he would show multiple body language signs that all suggest the same thing for that specific 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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