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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!

The undoubtable meaning if a guy hugs you tight

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!

82 COMMENTS

  1. A tight hug from a man that is your “friend” means exactly that, they want more, however some will come back with-“look what you made me do!”, when you did nothing & that is the old saying from every abusive man I’ve heard of… Especially when they know what you been through!!!!

  2. One guy month ago, gave me some sort of combined hug. He pulled me close, so that even our sides of faces touched, it lasted pretty long too. And then he gave me a kiss on a cheek, so I don’t kbow if that means that he liked me as nore than just a friend? 🙂

    • It is likely that he feels a strong emotional connection with you. It is possible that he wants to continue your relationship as simply friends. It is possible that he wants to develop a relationship with you. Continue to spend time together, as it will help support the development of your relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Ana!

  3. This guy I like gave me a combined hug it was somehow between a side hug and a bear hug since he pulled me as I was saying hi to him with a hug since he told me a long time ago “I like hugs too”

    • It is likely that he feels strongly toward you. He may be attracted to you and he may have a strong emotional connection with you. If you want to nourish your relationship with him, then attempt to spend additional time with him. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Pratty!

  4. havnt seen him for 7 months since we broke up .. Walked in the door wrapped his arms around my waist & wouldnt let me go kissing me for 5 min… after dinner walked behind me hugging all the way to the car talking to me… BEST FEELING EVER…

    • He is happy to be in a relationship with you again. Your discussion was what he needed to feel comfortable with sharing his emotional attachment with you. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. If you want to nourish a new relationship with him again, then speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Carol!

  5. I barely know this guy. I went to help my bf’s friend (alone) and he gave me a super long hug when I arrived, as well many super long, tight hugs throughout our day together. He asked if it were ok to flirt and I said yes, what we were doing was ok but no kissing. I accidentally reached for his hand while we were walking side by side, and he held my hand while we were sitting. When I was saying goodbye, he gave me another super long, tight hug, pulled me close and pushed his hips to mine. It felt awkward cuz of the height difference. I felt his hands moving up and down my back pulling me closer. It was nice and I didn’t want him to let me go. This day has been on my mind since it happened and I wonder what his intentions are. Side note – my bf and I haven’t been on the best of terms the last 8 months. The bf actually broke up with me a week before this hugging incident but we reconciled a few day later. We have been arguing again so I’m thinking we’re on the way out. I do have waves of guilt for hugging his friend. I didn’t initiate, but I also didn’t stop him or me. I also have a lot of warm fuzzy feelings about that day. His friend doesn’t know about the fighting. And since I don’t know the friend that well, I’m not sure if the guy is just playin with me or if he likes me. I’m confused.

    • You are currently in a relationship. It is clear that you are not emotionally attached with your current partner. If you want to end your relationship with him, then do so. At that time, you may choose to attempt to develop a relationship with this new person. Speak directly and honestly with your current partner about your thoughts and feelings. You will also want to speak with this new guy about your thoughts and feelings as well. Have a great day, Heidi!

  6. I am a submissive….My first Dominant and I are not real close any longer…but we flirt and stay in touch daily…he has a woman living with him that I didnt know of…I asked him a home improvment question and the next second he offered to do it for me….Sweet and wonderful!!
    He came to my home and did what he offered to do…not alot of flirting…i said a few things sexy to him….he didnt seem to flinch….he told me about his girl…and he walked behind me in passing…he rubed himself against me on purpose…i grabed his ass later while he was on the ladder….When he went to leave he said he would like a hug for payment…I gladly went to him and hugged him….He put his head low and held me tight…tighter then i thought he would….he breathed deep and sighed into my ear….he held me that way foe more then five minutes…i closed my eyes and enjoyed his strength…I am whirling…I juat dont know what it meant.
    Help a girl out please.
    I never want to ask him for more then he has to give.

    • He is currently in a relationship. Do not attempt to damage their relationship at this time. If his current partner is interested in having an open relationship, then he may want to develop a relationship with you at this time. Do not reach out to him at this time. If he reaches out to you, then ask him if he has spoken with his partner about his thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Liz!

  7. I have been seeing a guy for about a month. Last night we were in a somewhat intimate situation and he held me pulled me to him so that our bodies were touching all over and then he hugged me very tightly and for a very long time. It was incredible and I have it back. We are both very physically affectionate. He works 2 jobs and we don’t see each othe a lot. Is this his way to show me he is serious about where our relationship is going?

    • This is a sign that he is strongly attracted to you. He likely feels a strong emotional connection with you. He is likely extremely busy. Take this time to determine if you want to develop a relationship with him. If you do, then speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him the chance to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Perry!

  8. we are chatting for 1 month n talk less over the phone.he is too busy with his work.we met for the first time some days before.i am the extremely shying girl he knows that…but when he saw me looked at me deeply.n when we were talking suddenly he tried to hug me but I couldn’t because I was shocked and nervous also……then after some moment he wanted to drop me my home and talk with me less.did he be angry with me?why suddenly he wanted to hug me………after reaching home even he didn’t talk with me properly…what does he really wants?

    • It is possible that he is interested in developing a physical relationship with you. It is possible that he is concerned that you are not emotionally interested in him. Whatever his reason for his actions, they are inappropriate. You do not need to continue to develop this relationship. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Have a great day, Borsa!

  9. When I was leaving a camp this guy I was taking to the whole time gave me a tight hug with his arms wraped around my neck and he kinda walked backwards with me in the hug if that makes sense and before that he hugged me and attempted to pick me up which he achieved and then set me back down also the whole time he was tickling me at the most random times what would this mean?

    • Hugs like these are signs of close emotional connections. It is possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for this relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him a chance to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Sarah!

  10. I’ve known my crush for a year now. We are very close and do a lot of things together. He used to always wear a backpack so when we hugged, I would hug him around his shoulders/neck area and he hugged me around my mid-back/waist area. He doesn’t wear a backpack much anymore and we still hug each other that way out of habit. I thought he might like me. But a few months ago, I was at his house and when we were alone, he confessed to me that he had been dating my girl best friend behind my back and that they recently broke up. I also confessed my feelings for him and how hurt I was that he’d kept a secret from me. We handled the situation delicately and I decided to forgive him. So even though he doesn’t like me like me, he always makes it clear that he cares about me and that he would never intentionally hurt me or let our friendship die. Is it possible he could like me in the future? Does he just see me as a sister? What’s going on?!

    • It is possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. It is possible that he views you as a sister. It is clear that he has a strong emotional connection with you. Take this time to determine what you want for this relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Gracie!

  11. Well he is just a friend with feelings… I feel like I like him more than he does me… I get confused at times… But when he hugs me I really feel like he cares but holds back… He’ll go for the hug first, under my arms and holds me close midst of the time he’ll turn me around while still holding me and walk to the table or the chair and he’ll 9 out of 10 squeeze me like in pulsating like talking my breath out of me then most of the time he’ll lean his head against mine then to my shoulder… I’ll always rub his back and caress him… We hug for a minute… Please help me to understand him… He doesn’t talk about his feelings at all with me regarding me.

    • It is likely that he has a strong emotional connection with you. He may want to develop a relationship with you. Take this time to determine if you want to develop a relationship with him. If you do, then 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, Joann!

  12. I have a friend who I get along with very much. He has also expressed that and that he likes me very much and cares about mr. We also have a strong attraction for one another. Once he kissed me on my cheek and it was incredible which followed a tight squeeze. I love hugs and he does and he guves the best hugs. Always full with a tight squeeze and he lays his head on my neck. These happen everytime even once when i think he was upset with me. His hugs are always full when saying good bye and when we meet he kisses me on both cheeks with a hug. We have talked about our attraction and I know he fancies me as he has expressed etc and so have I. I asked him whether he had thought of us romantically and he said yes, he had considered but no. That day was uneasy but he left with a fullhug again and a tight squeeze and I pulled away. I have also received a full twirling hug in the middle of a supermarket after offering him chocolate. It went on forever i fondly recall. We used to spend time together but not anymore but would assist me if i need help e.g moving, fixing firniture, met me on holiday and spend time taking me out etc at his expense.

    • It sounds as though this person once was interested in developing a relationship with you. He may no longer be interested in this relationship. Take this time to determine what your want for your future. If you want to develop a relationship with this person, then speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Dinkin!

  13. i like this guy and every day he gives me. combination between a long hug and a tight hug but we’re best friends even though every one of my friends says that it’s clear he likes me back.

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

  14. He hugs me so tight when he sees me lt feels like he just wants to keep me in his arms and he gives me kisses. I have known him for about 6 years. I have always liked him since we met.

    • It is possible that this person have a strong emotional connection with you. It is clear that this person views you as a friend. 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, Mimi!

    • It is possible that this person have a strong emotional connection with you. It is clear that this person views you as a friend. 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, Mimi!

      • He knows what I feel. He has been open by telling me things about himself that I end up saying to myself why is he telling me this. He has been opening up little by little.

        • Thank you for sharing your insights and experiences. Please feel free to share more of your thoughts and feelings in the future. Have a great day, Mimi!

  15. I am friend with that guy for a while now and he consistently gives me those tight hugs. Is there a possibility that he likes me because I needed his help for something an when I said “Thank you for your time” he said “I would do anything for you “

    • It is clear that he cares for you. 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, Unknown!

  16. Over the holiday I had a brief moment with a guy friend I’ve known well over 30 years. He was visiting his family. We both were drinking and things happened, he started hugging me and touching me and soon it was passionate kissing and hugging. I know we both felt something strong. Every time I pull away he pulled me back in and I’m confused as ever. The next day we hung out with family and friends and he was leaving later that night heading back home to where he live. He was saying goodbye and he reached and pulled me in and gave me the longest, tightest hug I have ever felt and he kept holding and squeezing. I’m so confused because he been in a relationship for years and claim their relationship is dead and have been for a while. Please help advice needed.

    • If he is currently in a relationship, then there is no reason to attempt to establish a relationship with him. There is no benefit to be gained in harming his relationship and partner. If his relationship naturally ends, then speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings that that time. Have a great day, Emma!

  17. So there’s two boys that likes me start whit a T & H i like H but T kissed me and pulled me close to his y’all know then, after that he leand on the wall and kissed me again and squeeze my ass😂 it made my day it was today actually 12/20)2017,So me and H are dating then he also kissed me like 4 times on the mouth 2 times chest 1 time cheeck 1 time 💕,I’ve kissed T only two times today on chest and mouth😍, and yeah hopefully y’all enjoy reading this👑💕😍

    • It sounds as though you are in a relationship. Do not attempt to cheat on your current partner. There is no benefit to be gained by acting in such a manner. Take this time to determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Have a great day, Jessica!

  18. I’m just getting ready to leave from somewhere, putting on my coat, he’s talking with a few women, and all of a sudden without any warning, he’s in my arms, with his head practically on my shoulders. I swear it seemed like he jumped into my arms! What was that about? Oh and he’s not my boyfriend, but I do like him. Prior to the above incident today, when he walked in he squezzed my shoulders before he continued on.

    • It is possible that he feels a strong emotional connection with you. If he is single, then 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, Etta!

  19. My boyfriend BFF give me a tight hug but then le kept me tight and he like swirled his hand in my back while hugging and when he found my waist he stop and I was like wtf just happened? No because i like him, because wtf it felt weird like idk what to say but my BF was in the same room saying bye to his family after we visited, we were talking to him saying buy, my bf told him bye BRO, I told him by I gave him a hug like always but his hug was like to much touching and I am still thinking if my mind is just imagininging or my sense of woman is right IDK help! Because idk if I should tell this to my BF that is the father of my kids!

    • You should speak directly and honestly with your boyfriend about your thoughts and feelings. It would also be beneficial to speak with his BFF about your thoughts and feelings. It would be beneficial to get this out in the open, as this will help to prevent future events. Have a great day, Elena!

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

  25. 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!

  26. 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!

  27. 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!

  28. 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!

  29. This guy I know we’ve been having a sexual relationship. When we hug he pulls me close holds me tight. I hope he’ll never let go. When it’s time to let go he’ll still hold strong still.That’s the fourth time he’s hugged me like that. Then after we let go kissed hugged me again. This hug was not as long but just as strong. Is it love? The look in his eyes tell me yes.

    • He certainly feel an emotional connection with you. Your physical relationship likely has influenced his feelings. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Spend additional time with him. Share your thoughts and feelings as well. He may want to share hims ideas with you as well. Have a great day, Dixie!

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