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What Does It Mean When A Guy Hugs You Tight?

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Hugging is one of the most common interactions that happen between two people. Strangers do it, lovers do it and friends or family do it with you. There is no limit to who might try to scoop you up into a hug. It’s just something universally done and that probably won’t ever change. That is why it can be difficult to tell what a hug means when it comes from someone you may have feelings for. It’s even more difficult to tell what a tight hug means, among other kinds of hugs. You might drive yourself mad by wondering what meaning each type of hug holds. However, that is why this article is here. To help you out. We are here to help you identify just exactly what your hug meant. Of course you want to know what a tight hug means, but first let’s discuss a few different types of hugs and what they mean. This will help you understand in the future what is happening when he goes to give you another hug!

First we will talk about what a one armed hug means. One armed hugs are some of the most relaxed type of hugs to give. They usually are half-hearted and come majorly from friends or acquaintances. You will especially see it given when someone is saying hello or goodbye. So, if a guy is giving you this type of hug, try not to overthink it! He’s just being super friendly towards you.

Secondly, we can discuss bear hugs and what they mean when he gives them to you! This is definitely a more personal type of hug and it isn’t usually given by someone you barely know. Have you ever gotten a big ol’ bear hug from you grandpa or your father? They give those out to show you that they care about you deeply and will do anything to protect you. Yup, you’re just that precious to them! A bear hug means almost the same thing coming from a guy. He wants to protect you or make you feel better when you are feeling down.

Third comes the spin around hug. This could also be called the pick up and twirl hug. This is a hug done by someone that you haven’t seen in awhile. If he gives you this kind of hug after being apart from you it means that he has missed you dearly! There’s a good chance that he sees you as someone extremely important and he is happy that you have returned to his arms. How cute, right??

Fourth in line is the long hug. This is the kind of hug that you wish would never end and it almost doesn’t! It seems to go on and on. This is a great type of hug to give and to receive! This is a romantically intended hug. Well, it is not always romantic. That’s usually only the case because family members tend to also give long hugs to you. However, if a guy is doing the long time hugging, he probably likes you as much more than a friend. That’s great news! It means that he loves holding you and doesn’t want to let you go.

Fifth is a hug around the waist. This is definitely an intimate way to hug someone and usually is done by people who are in a relationship with one another. This will be done as a sign of lust. There is usually some sort of neck kissing or kissing involved as well. It is safe to say if he is giving you this hug, he is physically and possibly emotionally attracted to you.

Last, but not the slightest bit least we are finally going to get to the hug you came here for! The tight hug. Tight hugs are not only just given out by worried parents! Nope, they are actually commonly given by friends, family and people in relationships with each other. You have to be careful with this hug, because it has a few different meanings behind it. So, what you will want to be keeping an eye out for is what his body language is telling you while he is giving you a tightly gripped hug. Did he pull you close to him? Are your torsos and pelvic areas touching? If so, this tight hug is more a lust-filled hug than a sweet hug. He is likely to have felt a strong urge to have you close to him and pulled you in tight.



When he gave the hug was he upset or angry about something? Did he pull you close, but leave your pelvic areas and torsos apart? Did he lay his head on your shoulder? These are all signs that he is giving you a tight hug, because he emotionally needs one. That means that he might have been having a bad day or has a tough life decision to make.

There you have it! Several different types of hugs and what they really mean, but most importantly what a tight hug means! Hopefully now you are equipped to identify what his next hug could possibly mean. Good luck!

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  1. I had a guy give me a hug that was longer than the usual hug and it was tight! He was holding me tight and wasn’t moving right away.
    He just didn’t move…..
    What????? Help

    • It is possible that he is interested in 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 the opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Vanessa!

  2. a guy hugged me so tight and kept pulling me in his chest for the hug but we were in the car so our pelvic areas and torsos didn’t touch…. what does it mean?

    • He may be interested in developing a relationship with you. He likely feels a strong emotional connection with 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, Felicia!

  3. There’s this guys that’s at my school. We are both in this book club and so we have meetings all the time. One time, I came in and everyone was there and he was talking to someone but the second my stuff was out of my hands, he shouted my name across the room and ran towards me with wide open arms. He hugged me really tight for like a minute and then he picked me up and twirled me twice then put me down. After that he kept hugging me whenever he sees me around and is ALWAYS touching me! Like hands, feet, fingers, and he has put his head on my shoulder and lap but the thing is, he’s been asked multiple times if he likes me and he keeps saying no when I’m around but my friend says he always talks about me (that he misses hanging out with me and stuff) and that when she says he likes me he doesn’t deny it! What does this mean??

    • He is interested in developing a relationship with you. He likely has a strong emotional connection with 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, Emily!

      • Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. So I do have a crush on him and his friend has even said he liked me to me multiple times and he didn’t deny it! His friend also keeps like either shipping us or teasing him that he likes me. But I’m still afraid of rejection. And even if I do tell him, I’m leaving for good next year and I’m not coming back AND we both can’t date😪. I’m feeling really guilty about it but my mom says this charter school I’m going to next year is really good for my future (she doesn’t know about him). I’m still wondering, should I like leave him a note before I leave and that note would say everything or should I just be straight forward and say it to him??
        Thanx

        • It sounds as though you are moving to a new area and opening a new chapter in your life. Allow these emotional connections to fade. Focus on your education and your future. If these relationships become viable in the future, then nourish them. For now, share your kindness and compassion with the people who are in your life. Have a great day, Emily!

          • Determine what you want for your future. Take appropriate action. This will ensure that the decisions that you make are followed through by your actions. Have a great day, Emily!

  4. Me and my boyfriend been dateing for a month and we been hugging lately but like our very first hug he hugged me tight what does that mean?

    • It is possible that he feels a strong emotional connection with you. He likely wants to continue to nourish this relationship. 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, Ariana!

  5. Hi, I have this guy who always glances or stares at me. But he always seems to want to say something to me. But he really never talked to me. And he’s always near me. What dies this mean??

    • It is possible that he is interested in speaking with you. He may be uncertain or confused about his feelings. 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, Gracie!

  6. So there’s a guy I have a crush on and I always catch him staring at me! Like no matter where I am. We don’t really talk much but have talked a couple of times. What does this mean??

    • It is possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with 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, Gracie!

  7. I have known a guy for 3mths now, we mainly speak in passing, maybe a couple f times a week. There is a physical attraction there and I last think we are quite similar mentally.
    He has separated from his partner but they still live in the same house, he is due to leave in the next 3mths or so, whereas I am single. There is quite a bit of flirting and recently it has extended to hugs and exchanging numbers, he has taken things very slowly getting to this point.
    He is about 10yrs older than me and I am late 30’s, in the past he has snuck up behind me with his hands on my waist, and just playfully flirts by tugging on something that I am wearing like a coat.
    Since we have exchanged numbers, he has asked me what I would like to happen between us, and my response was that due to your situation I understand that it is not perfect timing but maybe we can meet up outside our usual common grounds and go out as friends, he apparently agrees with this. He also told me that he feels a spark and was scared to ignite it as he does not want to mess me about, he likes and often thinks about me but sometimes has to tell himself to step back.
    Recently we was slightly away from where I would normally see him and we had a great, long hug, 1st proper one that lasted a few secs, my arms around his neck, and his head buried into my neck, he also exhaled and was rubbing my back quite intensely. He recently asked me if we was away together what would I want to do to him (I was flying abroad that day), I told him that I am not looking for anything sexual with anybody as without the emotional connection I do not want sex, he agreed with that too!! which is why my my male friend said he is feeding lines like he is a player and I must step away but I do not think I have had such an initial attraction/chemistry with a guy like this before. He also has gone out of his way to bump into me, as I have with him..I am happy to play the slow game.
    Apart of the reason why I took a holiday was to get away from him and our environment where I normally would see him but with our recent conversation, this trip has not helped:)….i need some advise because this guy is constantly on my mind!

    • It is clear that the two of you share a strong emotional connection. If he is still in a relationship, then you may find that his emotional connection may be difficult to maintain. Your other friend may be interested in developing an emotional connection with you as well. Determine what you want for your future. Take appropriate action to meet your desires. Have a great day, Paula!

  8. My coworker and i had a strong connection and chemistry. But, he left to a new job. When we said goodbye his hug was strong almost as if he wanted to fuse my body in his chest and he was trembling. The hug was long and very tight and then we both let go…he was flushed and teary eyed and left. I didnt know how to interpret this…and im still puzzled. What did this mean?

    • He feels a strong emotional connection with you. It is clear that he cared about you. If you want to nourish a relationship with this person, then speak directly and honesty with him about your thoughts and feelings. If he reaches out to you, share your kindness and compassion with him. Have a great day, Susana!

  9. I have a boyfriend but I think his friend is likes me. We have been hanging out together with him for two months. When we go there to chill his friend always gazes into my eyes and talks to me alot and he touches my arm to keep my attention all on him as he is talking to me. He cracks up at my jokes. He teases me. He spends the whole time trying to impress me. He tells funny stories to make me laugh or picks on my boyfriend. He’s in a,relationship too but still wants us to chill for hours before we leave his place and he always takes the hand i offer him when I leave. Last time he walked us out he was directly by my side and actually brushing against my hip as we walked and then stood right by me talking like he didnt want me to go yet. He was having a personal issue that day so I put my arms around his shoulders in a first time casual friendly hug and he wrapped his arms around my back and sides and squeezed me tightly to his chest. We are the same height so i felt his tummy and chest pressing against mine firmly. The chemistry I felt in his embrace was so intense. I held him just for a moment. Then i had to let go because it felt so good

    • You are in a relationship. Allow thoughts of this other person to fade. Focus your emotional energy on your partner. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Spend additional time with your partner, as this will strengthen your relationship. Have a great day, Mel!

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