If you have recently had a guy touch your leg with his leg you’re probably wondering why he did it.

This post will try to help you figure out why he touched your leg with his leg and to help you to make sense of it as it happens in the future.

So, what does it mean if a guy touches your leg with his leg? It could be a sign that he is attracted to you especially if he only does it to you, he does it multiple times and on multiple occasions. He might also have done it accidentally, as a power-play or he might have just been joking.

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Since there are a number of reasons why a guy will touch your leg with his leg it is important to consider the other body language signals that he shows around you and the context of how he did it.

By doing so you’ll be able to get a better understanding of why he touched your leg.

Reasons why a guy will touch your leg with his leg

Each of the different reasons why a guy will touch your leg with his leg will likely come with a number of clues in his body language.

Below, I will mention a number of reasons why a guy will touch your leg with his leg and the body language signals that you should expect to see alongside them.

He’s attracted to you

It is common for people to touch people that they are attracted to with their legs.

If he doesn’t do it with other women and his body language changes around you then it would be likely that he would have done it due to being attracted to you.

It would be especially likely if he was touching your feet with his feet.

If he is attracted to you then it would be likely that he would show it in his body language in a number of ways such as:

  • Holding prolonged eye contact with you
  • Having dilated pupils when looking at you
  • Touching you more than other people in the group
  • Asking you questions more than other people in the group
  • Making plans based on yours
  • Positioning himself to be near you
  • Pointing his feet at you even when he’s not in front of you
  • Getting anxious when you’re with other men
  • Talking to you in a deeper voice than normal
  • Mirroring your body language
  • Asking your friends about you
  • Looking at your lips
  • Blinking more frequently than normal

It was a power-play

When a guy is trying to show that is is the leader of a group he will often touch the people around him.

The reason that he touched your leg with his could be that he was showing that he was of a higher position in the group.

If this was the reason then it would be likely that he would show signs of dominating behaviors in his body language.

They can include:

  • Touching other people in the group
  • Telling people to do things
  • Staring at people when talking to them
  • Speaking with a deeper voice
  • Interrupting people
  • Speaking over people
  • Touching things that aren’t his with his hands and feet
  • Standing in a way that makes him look big such as with the hands-on the hips
  • Taking up lots of space

He wants to be more than just friends

If he has been your friend for a while then it could be that he touched your leg with his because he wants more than just a friendship.

If that is the reason that he did it then it would be likely that he would show signs of being attracted to you in his body language.

It would be especially likely that he would adjust his clothing or hair when he notices you, that he would get anxious when you’re with other men and that he would show signs of being nervous when around you.

He wants to see how you’ll react

It could be the case that he has a crush on you but he is unsure of whether or not you have one on him. This could have caused him to touch your leg with his to see if you would be ok with it.

If that is why he did it then it would, again, be likely that he would show a number of signs of being attracted to you in his body language.

He was mirroring you

If you have been hanging out with the same people as him and you have touched him on the leg before then it might be the case that he was mirroring you.

This is because people will actually begin to mirror the body language and behaviors of people in a group that they are trying to fit in with.

If he was mirroring you then it would be likely that he would mirror other behaviors of your such as:

  • The way that you walk
  • The way you smile
  • The facial gestures that you make
  • Your hand gestures
  • How loudly you talk
  • How quickly you talk
  • The way that you sit and stand

It was accidental

It could have been the case that he did it accidentally.

If he did then it would be likely that he would have taken his leg away quickly and he might have apologized.

Consider your relationship with him

If it was a guy that you haven’t met before then it would make it more likely that he was showing dominant behavior, attraction or both. It would be necessary for you to consider the way that he interacted with others and his body language to figure out the exact reason.

If it was a guy that you have been dating then it would be likely that he did it because he wants to move the relationship further.

If he has been your friend for a while then it could be the case that he is secretly attracted to you. It would be helpful to consider how he interacts with his other friends and how he is different with you to figure out why.

Consider when and where it happened

If he did it when you were both alone together then it would be more likely that he is attracted to you.

Whereas, if he touched your leg in front of others it would be more likely to have been a power-play. However, it could also have been due to attraction or being an accident which is why it’s necessary to consider his body language.

Think about how he interacts with others

If you notice that he changes his body language when he notices you and he doesn’t touch his other friends then it would be more likely that he touched you due to attraction.

Whereas, if you notice that he does touch others often then it would make it more likely that he is displaying more dominating behavior.

Consider multiple body language signals

When you’re trying to figure out why he touched your leg with his leg it would be helpful to consider multiple body language signals at a time.

There are often many different reasons that a guy might display one particular body language signal. This makes it difficult to figure out why a guy might have done something when you’re only considering one aspect of his body language.

Whereas, when there are multiple body language signals that all suggest the same thing it would allow for you to reach a more reliable conclusion about why he might have done something.

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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