Getting compliments is one of the perks of being a woman. While some compliments might indicate sexual attraction or deep love, others are just pleasantries.
But what does it mean when a guy calls you cute?
When a guy calls you cute, it can feel like he is sending mixed signals because this type of compliment can be a little ambiguous in and of itself.
It makes sense when you call a baby “cute” or use the word to describe a puppy. But instead, he called YOU – cute! So now you are analysing his words and running various thoughts in your head to determine what he meant. Am I right?
Let me clarify one thing – guys don’t use the word “cute” frequently in their compliments for every girl they meet. It’s not like the word “hot” – which is easy for a guy to use.
Therefore if he called you cute, there’s a decent chance that you hold a special place in his mind and heart.
It might lead to a beautiful relationship someday (if it’s meant to be), but for now, let’s just focus on what it means when he calls you cute.
“Cute is when a person’s personality shines through their looks. Like in the way they walk, every time you see them you just want to run up and hug them.” – Natalie Portman
The question is, what did he mean when he said you are cute? Sure, it was meant to flatter you, but why did he use that word?!
# 1: He Seeks Your Attention
The fact that he is already saying “you are cute” shows that he pays attention to you.
He notices whatever you say and do, and finds the way you speak and act to be adorable. But since he came forward with the compliment, it could indicate that he is also seeking your reciprocal attention.
He wants you to notice him noticing you, perhaps.
# 2: He Likes Your Simplicity
Men are naturally drawn to glamorous and sexy-looking girls, but they secretly believe that such girls are not meant for long-term relationships.
If your simple and cheerful nature has impressed him, he would call you cute because he finds you different from the likes of materialistic girls. It shows that he likes your uncomplicated attitude towards life and that he values such people.
# 3: He is Referring to More Than Just Your Looks
When a guy actually wants to compliment your appearance, he would choose words like ‘beautiful, ‘classy,’ ‘sexy,’ etc.
But when he calls you cute, he is trying to compliment not just your looks but also your other quirks.
Something about you attracted him, and it was not just the allure of your physical appearance. Nevertheless, he still wanted to share his pleasure with you – and hence, the compliment.
# 4: He Enjoys Your Company
As I said before, guys don’t compliment every girl they meet. So, when he calls you cute, it could be a reflection of him feeling more and more comfortable spending time with you, and also a result of how he feels when he spends time with you.
He really likes your company and that is what he wants to convey by saying you are cute.
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# 5: The Ball is In Your Court
This is a positive thing, even if you worry it seems ambiguous. Some guys will not give out definitive signals that they like you, and would rather test the waters instead.
Instead of saying, “I really like you, would you go out on a date with me,” they say, “you are cute.” They use this safe statement to see where you’re at and to avoid getting shot down by a girl they actually like.
So how you respond to this compliment would determine the course of your relationship with the guy. So how should you respond?
If you like this guy, then mere eye-to-eye contact with a cute smile would be enough to boost his confidence. However, if you don’t do that, then a formal “thank you” should make him realize that you are not into him.
If you take the initiative, make sure you do it in a calibrated way, because if you jump the gun or do too much too soon, you could accidentally come across as low value.
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# 6: He Doesn’t Mind Getting Close to You Emotionally
By calling you cute, he has already indicated that he considers you a friend (at the least).
So if a guy calls you cute, in some instances, it could mean that he is signalling that he feels comfortable with you emotionally and wants to get closer to you.
He could be saying that he won’t mind sharing his personal thought-space and even his emotional space with you if you are up for it.
Once again, it is up to you to encourage or discourage him at this stage. I encourage you to take the hint and consider using playful methods (like the dark feminine art of high value banter) to keep building the emotional connection between you.
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# 7: He Secretly Likes You
Some guys who are too shy to say things directly express their feelings by saying, “you are cute.”
If he falls into this category, it means that he is already smitten by your charm.
Shy guys rarely come on strong or initiate boldly when it comes to relationships, so if you like him back, you must take the initiative after getting the compliment.
“When you fall for someone’s personality, everything about them becomes beautiful” – Anonymous
# 8: He Likes the Way You Smile
A smile is the first thing that most guys observe in a girl, because it gives a guy an indication of how open and welcoming she will be to his presence (and possibly also his advances).
If he likes you, calling you cute would indirectly signal that your smile makes him happy. Take it as a compliment.
# 9: You Reflect Happiness and Positivity
Are you a bubbly, cheerful woman? Do you love life? Well, it shows!
A guy would call you cute when he feels your uplifting feminine energy and feels happy in your presence. He expresses his feelings by calling you cute to convey how you make him feel.
Isn’t that lovely? It’s nice to know that sometimes, the answer to “what does it mean when a guy calls you cute” are actually related to your unique radiance and positive energy as a woman!
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# 10: Your Feminine Energy Inspires Him & Makes Him Feel Alive
Calling you cute could also mean that he feels your unique feminine energy, he finds value in it in his life (which is full of masculine energy since he’s a guy)and perhaps he is fascinated by it.
It may also signal the fact that he is attracted to you and finds you suitable as a companion.
# 11: You Are Girlfriend Material
Sometimes, a guy would compliment you with this “cute” label as he feels you are definitely girlfriend material.
It might be to let you know that he is falling for you. Since he already called you cute, don’t be surprised if he takes things forward pretty soon.
# 12: He Wants To Be There For You
See, the word “cute” could indicate that he finds your energy endearing and is inspired to be there for you, which is a good thing (even if you worry he might see you as child-like).
Don’t see this as a bad thing. You don’t have to be the “hot” woman all the time, in fact, there’s a lot of value in being cute, because “cute” inspires emotion in men and makes them see you as something more than just a piece of “hot” meat.
Instead, perhaps he finds you endearing and precious enough to protect and take care of.
#13: He Trusts You
It’s not easy to inspire trust in men, at least for anything that goes beyond sex.
Men know that a woman’s attention could easily go to the next tough and successful guy, so if he calls you cute it MAY indicate that he is relaxed enough around you to engage with you emotionally (beyond sex).
This relaxed state that you inspire in him may mean that he trusts you more than he trust other girls.
#14: He Likes Being Around You
Calling you cute clearly shows that he enjoys being around you. It makes him happy, and he wants you to know that he is comfortable in your presence, and hopes that you feel the same when is around.
# 15: He Thinks You Are Funny
Most emotionally healthy people love a funny person, and especially an endearingly funny human.
Perhaps you’re so endearing that he cannot control himself enough to NOT tell you that you are “cute”.
When is confident in himself and finds you funny, he would probably try to express it somehow. Sometimes, he would do it by calling you cute.
# 16: He Wants to See How You Feel & React to His Compliment
In this specific context, we’re referring to a guy who is interested in asking you out. Chances are that he has already decided to find a good way to ask you out.
Yet, he still just wants to make sure that you are on the same page by observing your reaction to this harmless compliment.
(You can easily tell if he’s trying to see how you react by watching his eyes and body language).
If his eyes are looking intently into your eyes, and he is ‘all about you’ in that moment, then he wants to know how you’re reacting to him and how you feel.
Watch his body language: if he’s leaning into you, if his body seems receptive to you and if his eyes follow suit by looking for your emotional response, then he’s searching for an answer in your reactions and feelings.
Your reaction and response to his compliment will help him decide whether to move forward or back off.
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# 17: He Is Physically & Emotionally Attracted to You
This one speaks for itself. But sometimes a guy will call you cute when he feels emotional attraction and physical attraction for you.
In such a case, him saying, “you are cute,” may be him taking the initiative to express how he feels.
It is evident that he observes you, and when his compliment is intense with eye-to-eye contact, it clearly shows that he is physically and emotionally attracted to you.
Now let’s answer some frequently asked questions on why guys calls you ‘cute”.
What Does It Mean When a Guy Calls You Cute in a Text?
When a guy sends you a text saying you are cute, it means that he likes you and not just as a friend.
He surely wants to get close to you but may be nervous or afraid and because of that, he avoids extreme compliments like “you’re beautiful”, “hot”, or “sexy”.
He wants the compliment to be a little confusing, so he called you cute.
Obviously, he values the existing relationship with you as a friend, and if you choose not to give any heed to his carefully chosen words, he will take the hint.
But if you reply with something encouraging, he wouldn’t take much time to take the next step into the relationship.
What Does It Mean When a Guy Calls You Beautiful?
Calling you beautiful is a signal towards physical attraction. When a guy compliments you by calling you beautiful, it shows that your beauty entices him.
A guy would never give this compliment with an expectation of a courteous and formal reply. You need to be pretty straightforward when responding to this compliment.
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What Does It Mean When a Guy Calls You Cute, But He Has a Girlfriend?
I would go out on a limb here and say that it means that he is still not in a committed relationship with his girlfriend.
The fact that he called you cute even when he is in a relationship shows that he already plans on dumping the girlfriend or is looking for a casual fling. Either way, for now, you are his backup plan. Tread this road carefully!
By now, it would be clear to you that when a guy calls you cute, he is already impressed with your charm.
Sometimes a compliment would be just a compliment – and nothing else. Check his body language when he calls you cute to understand if he is romantically interested in you.
However, in most cases, it signifies that “romance is in the air”, and you need to take a hint.