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What Does It Mean When A Guy Stares At You But Doesn’t Smile?


You might catch a guy looking at you but oddly enough, he is not reacting to your attention. Both of you hold an awkward staring contents and you cannot read or understand what is going in his head. To some extent, it might freak you out or even scare you. His blank stare has you questioning if he likes you, if does not notice what he is doing or if there is something on your face. Do not worry, we have all been there and here are a few things that he might be thinking.

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What does his stare mean?

1. You remind him of someone

We all have encountered someone who looks exactly like someone we knew. We stare at them and examine their face to see if it is the person we are thinking of.

As you know, when people see something familiar, they get lost in their own thoughts. Due to that, he might not be smiling because he is in his own little world. He could be thinking of moments that he has had with the person you remind him of.

2. He is in a deep thought

Zoning out is something done by everyone. Often times when people zone out, he or she ends up having a focal point and staring there for a good amount of time.

If you catch a guy staring at you with a blank expression on his face, there is a high chance that he is in a deep thought. Awkwardly enough, he just happened to choose your face as a focal point.

The best way to see if he was zoned out is be seeing his reaction after he snaps out of it. If he seems embraced and his face and body become more expressive, he was definitely in a deep though.

3. He is trying to be mysterious

There is always that one guy who tries to get your attention by acting like he does not care. That act is still relevant in this day and age, unfortunately.

He might just be trying to give you that mysterious vibe so you can try to pursue him. You can get a better gist of his intentions if you get to know him better.

4. You started the poker-face competition

Sometimes, we do not notice the actions we do and this can lead to strange situations. If you notice a guy staring at you with a poker-face, you could have initiated the poker-face competition.

In this type of situation, it is difficult to figure out who started it. He may have took your stare as a challenge or maybe an aggressive act so he is giving you a taste of your medicine.

5. He might like you

There are the guys who want to give off the mysterious vibe to capture your attention but then, there are the shy guys who are too afraid to react around you.

Some guys do not react or show any expression of interest because they are too shy of how it will come off. If you catch a guy staring at you without smiling and then instantly looks away, there is a high chance he is attracted to you but to shy to approach you.

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How to respond to the stare

Of course, it is difficult to know which situation you are in when judging someone’s stare. You have no clues since no reaction might come from you staring back. You are left with a big question mark but here are some ways to respond.

1. Stare back

The most obvious thing to do is stare back. It could become a staring competition but this can definitely determine what the stare means.

If one of you cracks into a smile, it could definitely lead into something. He might loosen up and make a funny face or even talk to you after. This is where you could see what his intentions are and by that, you can see if he likes you.

2. Confront him

To the fearless, confronting him could be something easy for you to do. This is not a reason to confront him aggressively though. You could joke around by saying, “Did I have something on my face before that you couldn’t tell me?”

That way, he knows that you caught him looking but it also creates an easy environment to break the ice. He notices that you did not find it weird and made the situation into a laughing matter.

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3. Break the staring contents 

If you catch a guy staring at you and he’s not smiling, another thing you can do is break him out of it. A subtle smile can definitely stop him from staring so seriously. After all, smiles are contagious. If you smile, there is a high chance he will smile back.

You can also make a silly face. He might think you are crazy but it will definitely make him snap out of his zone.


  1. There is this guy who wanted to ask me out in freshman year and I walked away from him when he came up to me bc I didn’t know what he wanted. His friends helped him to make him talk to me. He’s a really nice guy and he is really talkative to his friends and to people but not to me. I don’t know if he’s shy but I tried following him on social media and he never followed me back. In sophomore year My friend saw that he was staring at me and sometimes I would see him staring that when I looked at him he looked away. I don’t know if he’s shy or something but in junior year my friends helped me by calling his name to get his attention so I could talk to him and I told him that I liked him back and I also asked him if he likes me and he said he doesn’t like me. Then he would still stare at me but when I looked at him he wouldn’t look away. Sometimes he would walk with his friends and still be staring at me. Some of his friends noticed he looked at me. Then in senior year he dated this girl and sometimes when he was with her he would stare at me. After we graduated my friend asked him if he ever liked me and he thought about it and he said “hmmm did I ever liked her” and he said not really no sorry. Then the other day I saw him out in public with his group of friends and he stared at me but I didn’t notice it until they passed by a second time. And he stared at me and I looked at him and he didn’t look away but I looked away Because I got nervous. I don’t know if he’s shy or if he really means that he doesn’t like me, but when I try to talk to him he avoids me. Is it because he’s shy? Is it because he really means he doesn’t like me? Is it because he might knows that my friends know about him and I? Or did I do something wrong?

    • He has told you that he is not interested in developing a relationship with you. His feelings for you may have changed. He may be shy and unable or unwilling to admit his feelings. However, he has explained that he is not interested in nourishing a relationship with you. Determine what you want for your future without him. Have a great day, Lo!

  2. Hey. There is this guy who’s in my maths class. He’s always asking me for help even though he knows the answers. Days passed, I started catching him staring at me and the state seemed kinda serious and deep. Somedays he would started a convo w others and then start talking to me suddenly. In holidays I texted him for homework but he left me on read. Since then I kinda moved away from him but he still wouldn’t stop staring at me and asking me for help. Some days ago I was in the same bus as him and I was looking away at something; I looked back and I caught him staring at me. I maybe thinking too much but ugh I don’t wanna like him

    • If he knows the answers and finds that he wants to ask you for help, then it is likely that he is interested in nourishing a relationship with you. It is possible that he is interested in nourishing a relationship with you. If you want to establish a relationship, then speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him a chance to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Soul!

      • Thank you for such an amazing and quick reply :)) but I don’t know what to tell him, because he seems kinda cocky as he is in the popular group and also is very friendly with my ex crush (with whom I had a bad fight with). I don’t think he likes me, but his looks and smiles and talks confuse me

        • It is possible that he likes you. It is possible that his relationship with your ex crush may be influencing his feelings. Determine what you want for your future and take appropriate action. You may want to allow him to reach out to you first. Have a great day, Soul!

          • Okay so I texted him and he left me on seen so quickly like I’m so offended what do I do he is going to tell everyone I’m so scared

          • It is possible that he is uncertain what to say in response. He may be with someone else who is in his life. He may have a friend or family member who is influencing his actions. Perhaps attempt to speak with him in person. This will give you an opportunity to understand his feelings. Have a great day, Soul!

  3. There’s this guy that I like he always stares at me, he doesn’t listen to his friends talking to him he just looks at me with the slightest smile and when I see him looking I look back at him and he doesn’t look away. What does this mean?

    • It sounds like he might be interested in you. The fact that he keeps looking at you seems to indicate that he wants you to know he is interested as well. Now, you just have to decide if you want to try talking to him to see what happens. Best of luck, Annebelle!

  4. There is this guy I used to like I think he liked me too but we have seen talked in a while so I decide to approach him and we talked laughing and stuff when I wasn’t looking he was staring at me and when I looked he looked in my eyes for 2 seconds then look away without smiling and didn’t look at me agian for the rest of the conversation (he wasn’t even facing me) but when I was leaving he turned and watched me leave and another time I approached he faced away from me (we didn’t really talk) then when I was getting on the bus he was watching me without smiling When I go on the bus I seen him looking at me with no expression so I waved and smiled but he only waved without smiling … I was pretty sure he liked me … no he seems so different but why does he never smile? Does he hate me ? He used to smile at me all the time

    • There may be a variety of reasons for his actions. The smile may mean something, but his lack of communication is causing you to feel confused. Determine what you want for this relationship. Perhaps attempt to speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. He will be able himself and his actions. Have a great day, Wisca!

  5. There is this guy in my street and whenever we walk by each other we just stare at each other but I don’t know w hat this means

    • The two of you are aware of each other. Each of you may have various feelings regarding the other person. It is possible that he has similar questions. Determine what you want for this relationship. If you want to reach out to him, then perhaps speak with him when you see him next. Have a great day, Lem!

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