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What Does It Mean When A Guy Compliments You?

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Getting compliments is awesome. It makes you feel really good, right? It’s an even better feeling when a cute guy does it! Compliments are generally given in a good manner. There is usually no negative connotation that comes along with them. To help you get an idea why he is complimenting you, you have to think about the context the complement was given to you in. What were you doing? How long have you known one another? What’s the relationship between the two of you?

There’s a few different reasons a man compliments a woman. Read on to find out what they are!

Your Looks:

Compliments are often based on someone’s appearance in one way or another.

“I like your dress.”

“Your smile is so beautiful!”

“Wow you look amazing today!”

When these come from a guy, it usually gives away that he likes you as more than just a friend. Compliments on your looks are an indication that he finds you very attractive and he wants to let you know it.

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He will generally give make these nice comments when he is trying to raise your self-esteem in an effort to flirt with you.

A man will spend a lot of time flattering a women when he is romantically or sexually interested in her. His goal is to get you to let your guard down and warm up to him. By constantly complimenting you, he’s flirting with you to do so.

Your Hard Work:

Did he give you a standing ovation for something you did that was work related? If so, he may just really be impressed by the job that you have done. This type of compliment typically comes from someone that you work with. It could come from your boss or just a co-worker. Either way there is not usually any romantic meaning behind these kinds of comments. He could be trying to boost your motivation when he tells you that he thinks you did a great job. It could also mean that he is being a good friend and trying to support you.

What’s a better way for you to keep working hard than by showing his happiness with what you have done so far?

Your Talent:

Whether you are an aspiring actor or an artist, you will find people constantly showing you support in your efforts. Someone who compliments your talent may truly be astonished by how good it is. They could also just be trying to inspire you to continue working on your talents. This just means that the guy who gave you the compliment is a great friend. He is going to stand behind you as you get better and better, egging you on to help you succeed.

Your Attitude:

When a man starts complimenting on your attitude, it might mean that prior to this you had a pretty crappy attitude. He is letting you know that he appreciates the change in tones. This could come from a friend, a co-worker or a lover and it usually means the same thing no matter which one it is who says it. You might have offended them with a sour attitude before, but now that you have made the effort to change it, they are going to let you know it pleases them. That way you will be more inclined to keep up the good attitude with them. If they do not tell you that they recognize the good behavior, you may resort back to having a poor demeanor.

A Favor:

Once in awhile you might find a man complimenting you simply because you did something as a favor to them. You may have successfully completed the favor wonderfully and they want you to know that they are impressed by it. He might assume that if he shows you how happy he is with it that you will be more likely to do another favor for him in the future.

Your Kissing/Hugging/Any Physical Interaction:

Was the compliment one of a more physical manner? Did he like the way you kissed him or held his hand? These types of comments are usually given when a guy likes a girl a lot. He won’t go out of his way to flatter you on this subject unless he has interest in continuing the physical intimacy with you in the future. He knows that when he starts complimenting you on this kind of thing that he is ultimately raising your confidence as well as making it known he likes you. We can’t be sure if he does this because he is just lusting for you or if he actually loves/likes you.



A Hard Task:

He might just be trying to show you he is going to stand by your side no matter what you take on. This means that whenever you do something extremely difficult, especially something you didn’t think you could do, he will be there complimenting you. Say you ran a 5k, he will compliment you on your hard effort for completing it! These types of self-esteem boosters can come with friendship, but are more commonly done when a man has feelings for the woman.

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    • It is possible that this person is interested in developing a relationship with you. It is possible that he wanted to share a compliment with you. Take this time to determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Caroline!

  1. My boyfriend commented on her teacher’s (who is around 10 years older than him and married!) Facebook profile pic : “You look amazing maam. You are very inspiring!” He also likes her other photos (normal photos nothing sexual). Should I be worried?

    • Your boyfriend’s actions are likely a reflection of his social and emotional connection with his teacher. Take this time to determine if you believe his actions are appropriate. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Candy!

    • The actions of this person may be a reflection of his appreciation of the color of your hair. If you speak with this person in the future, then monitor his actions. Have a great day, Caroline!

  2. My manager began to stare me in the eyes, as if he had just suddenly realized something or became curious. Then randomly, he says, “I bet you’re Mom is beautiful.”

    In my mind, this is probably one of the nicest compliments (based off looks) I have ever gotten. I usually hate getting compliments, but this was said in such a subtle way. It was indirect, but sweet.
    And how he said it, it was so…. ugh (words can not describe the feeling or I just can’t find them lol)!

    So then I say to him, “Wow, Thank You!” At this point I was taken back, by what he had said. And then I tell him, “I take that as a compliment.”

    He then says, “No, I was only talking about your mother.” My jaw drops, did he just play me? And we both end up laughing about it.

    I am confused as to, was his compliment an actual compliment or was he just joking?🙃
    Because if that was joke, he got me good. Like a fish on a hook.
    Damn it! Lol

    • It is certainly possible that he finds your attractive. He may want to develop a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Avocado!

  3. My male coworker constantly compliments me on my appearence and im female. He made me feel like he was interested in me but when i attempted to pursue it he didn’t want to. He also told me he would get with me if he wasn’t friends with my child’s father but he constantly still shows interest.if he is concerned about ruining a friendship why is he still showing interest?

    • He is interested in developing a relationship with you, but he is concerned that a relationship with you would damage his friendship with your child’s father. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. If you want to develop a relationship with him, then speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Purple!

  4. My male coworker constantly compliments me on my appearence and im female. He made me feel like he was interested in me but when i attempted to pursue it he didn’t want to. He also told me he would get with me if he wasn’t friends with my child’s father but he constantly still shows interest.if he is concerned about ruining a friendship why is he still showing interest?

    • He is interested in developing a relationship with you, but he is concerned that a relationship with you would damage his friendship with your child’s father. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. If you want to develop a relationship with him, then speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Raindrop!

  5. A guy at church has stopped me a few times and said “you look great”. He walks passed and rubs my shoulder, grabs my hand or purposely gets my attention. I’ve always had a huge crush on him and could never speak to him. Do you think he may be interested in me?

    • It is possible that he is interested in a developing a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Karen!

  6. I’ve been friends with my boyfriends best friends for 4 years now, we’re over at his house a lot and the other day we were out with friends and he told me I looked really good in my outfit, like a school girl (??) what does this mean. I also feel a spark of intense electricity when he looks at me, not sure what is going on’

    • He is likely attracted to you. Allow thoughts of him to fade. You are in a relationship. There is no reason to attempt to damage your relationship. Focus your emotional energy on your boyfriend. If there is a reason why you want to end your current relationship, speak directly and honestly with your current partner about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Blue!

  7. I like this guy, I think he likes me to, so I gave him my phone number, but he never called me. He gives me hugs sometimes and talks to me a lot but he’s always busy working, could this guy be interested or not?

    • It is possible that he is too busy to maintain a relationship at this time. He may be uncertain or confused about his feelings toward you. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Karen!

  8. I run with my track team, but I am new this year. I am the underdog (a.k.a. the worst on the team). This one guy always tells the team to slow down for me and constantly watches me to make sure I’m doing okay (he is one year older than me). Today we had a conditioning day, and I actually did better than most people on the team. I kept up and he was like, “Woah!” Then I did a maneuver to pass the only person in front of me, and he yells, “Wooo! I like that!”
    He kept complimenting me on my running and even said good-bye to me for the first time. Could it be that he wants a friendship, or that he is just being a decent person?

    • It is certainly possible that he is interested in supporting you as a team member. He may be interested in developing a relationship with you. Continue to exercise with him. Determine what you want for your future. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Hailey!

  9. This is a guy, whom I know since my school time and we became very close since this past years. I am having crush on him for so long, but I tend to hide it inside me and act like a normal friend Infront him. One day he start complimenting me and saying I’m beautiful, cute, hot a nice girl and so on. And also talked so mysteriously to know about my feelings. I tried asking him straight and he said he almost want to propose me. After some time he said he said he just complimenting me as a friend. He also ask me to find a good boyfriend. What does he mean actually?? ¿?

    • It is likely that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. It is clear that he feels a strong emotional and social connection with you. He has shared his thoughts and feelings. He is attracted to you. Determine what you want for your future. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Abash!

  10. An ex-colleague (I’ve had a crush on him for a while, which he knows about) was telling me to look for somebody in my country who I can eventually get married to. When I said that men in my country aren’t usually fascinated by me, he asked to know who these men were that weren’t fascinated by me; because apparently I’m smart enough to fascinate anyone. When I said that he was humoring me, he said that he was merely saying what the truth was. Was he just being kind, or could there be something more?

    • It sounds like he is just telling you the truth. He thinks that you are smart and fascinating, so he is being a good friend by telling you that. The only problem is knowing whether he meant it as just a friend or if he might have feelings for you as well. Unfortunately, there is no way to know for sure. If you like him, keep talking to him and see where things go. If things seem to be going well, you could also try making a move and see how he responds. Good luck!

  11. I was complaining about wearing heels today, but I had to, to get a good score on a presentation, we had to dress in formal attire.

    The guy I like noticed that I was wearing formal attire today and said, “ What’s the reason for You looking pretty today.”

    I was taken back by this but then explained that we had a presentation that we were supposed to dress up for, then he started asking about how it went and further details on the subject of the presentation.

    What does this mean??

    • It is possible that this person thought that you looked professional or attractive. He may also have been interested in the presentation. Allow this experience to guide you in a positive direction. You will find that you will receive higher grades when you dress nicely for presentations in the future, even if you are not required to do so. Have a great day, Martian!

  12. So, a guy friend is starting to get comfortable around me now, since he used to be shy and nervous around me when we first actually met, but he compliments me a lot on my maturity/growth and started to be supportive of what I’m doing. The only thing is, he only compliments me on social media, not in person.

    • Some people are more comfortable speaking over social media, while others are more comfortable speaking in person. It is certainly possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Mikayla!

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