If a guy has been replying to your texts with one word then you might be wondering why and what it means about the way that he feels about you.

This post will show you a number of reasons why he might reply with one word and why other guys might do the same in the future.

So, what does it mean when a guy replies with one word? It might be a sign that he is not interested in you especially if he only does it with you and he shows signs of not being interested in person. He might also do it naturally in which case he still might be interested in you especially if he shows signs of attraction in person.

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There are actually a number of reasons why a guy might reply with one word and there are a number of things that you can consider when trying to figure out why he does it.

Why a guy will reply with one word

Each of the different reasons why a guy will reply with one word will likely come with a number of clues in the way that he does it and the body language he shows in person.

Below, I will mention a number of reasons why a guy will reply with one word, the signs to look for and the things to consider.

He is not interested in you

The reason that he replies with one word could be that he is not interested in you.

This would be more likely if he only seems to text you with one word and not other people as well, he doesn’t ask or agree to hang out and if he doesn’t initiate the conversation.

If he is not interested in you then he might show distancing behaviors when he is around you such as:

  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Smiling only at the mouth
  • Facing away from you
  • Having tight lips around you
  • Squinting
  • Standing further away from you than he does with other people

He is seeing someone else

It could be a sign that he is seeing someone else.

This would be more likely if he used to text you more than one word in the past and if he used to show interest in you in person but he suddenly stopped. He would also be less likely to agree to hang out or to ask and he would be less likely to initiate any conversations.

He is busy

It could just be the case that he replies to your texts with one word because he is normally busy.

This would be more likely if he is not always unresponsive and if he also seems to do it with other people as well.

If he does do it because he gets busy a lot then it could still be the case that he is actually attracted to you.

If he is attracted to you then he might show signs of being attracted to you by doing things such as:

  • Hold prolonged eye contact with you
  • Adjust his appearance when he sees you
  • Glance at you a lot
  • Stand closer to you than he does with other people
  • Point his feet at you when he is around you (people point their feet at people that they are attracted to)
  • Get anxious when you are around other men
  • Have dilated pupils when looking at you

There are more signs of attraction that he might show you. If you are unsure then a good ebook that I would recommend that will teach you how to better read body language and how to spot signs of attraction would be this one.

He is annoyed with you

The reason that he has been replying to your messages with one word might be that he is annoyed with you.

This would be more likely if he used to text you more and if he suddenly started doing it after something happened that would cause him to be annoyed with you.

If he is annoyed with you then he might show signs of being annoyed with you when he is around you by doing things such as:

  • Squinting
  • Facing away from you
  • Having tight lips
  • Standing further away from you
  • Avoiding eye contact

He does it naturally

Many men do not like having conversations over text and it could be the case that he does it naturally.

This would be more likely if he also seems to do it with other people and if he shows similar body language around other people as he does with you.

If he does do it naturally then it could still be the case that he is attracted to you. If he is then it would be likely that he would show signs of being attracted to you when he is around you.

Consider how he reacts to seeing you

When trying to understand how he feels about you it would help to consider the way that he reacts to seeing you.

If he noticeably changes his body language, when he sees you, then it would be more likely that he has good or bad feelings about you.

If he reacts to seeing you by doing things such as:

  • Adjusting his appearance
  • Adjusting his posture
  • Facing towards you (especially with the feet)
  • Holding eye contact with you
  • Moving closer to you

Then it would be more likely that he is attracted to you.

Whereas, if he reacts to seeing you by doing things such as:

  • Squinting at you
  • Tightening his lips
  • Facing away from you
  • Standing further away from you

Then it would be more likely that he is either not interested in you or he is annoyed with you.

Consider how he interacts with other people

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

If he shows the same body language around you as he does with other people then it would be more likely that he texts people with short replies naturally.

Whereas, if he shows different body language around you than he does with other people then it would be more likely that he has particularly good or bad feelings about you depending on how he changes it.

Consider what he does text you

It would also be useful to consider the types of things that he does text you.

If he often texts you more positive things, he asks you questions often through messaging you and he agrees to hang out with you then it would be more likely that he is interested in you.

Whereas, if he takes a long time to reply, he gives you negative replies a lot and he does not agree to hang out then it would be much more likely that he is not interested in you.

Look for a number of body language signs

When considering what his body language might be showing it would help to look for a number of body language signs at the same time.

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

Whereas, if he shows multiple body language signs that all suggest the same thing then it would be more likely that he is showing them 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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