Last Updated on November 12, 2022 by Alexander Burgemeester
A guy calling you beautiful could signal that he likes you. That’s especially true if he only says it to you and shows other signs of attraction around you.
On the flip side, he might be using the word “beautiful” as a power play because he wants something from you.
Still, there are many reasons for a man calling you beautiful. So, it is essential to consider the context in which he used the word and the body language he displayed.
Is Being Called Beautiful a Compliment?
Yes, when someone calls you beautiful, it’s a compliment. According to dating and relationship expert Cora Boyd, “It’s kind of a deep thing to call someone, evoking or demonstrating a deeper appreciation.”
Is it the same as calling you pretty or sexy?
When a guy compliments you like that, he’s talking about more than sexual attraction. He could have said sexy or pretty, but he chose to call you beautiful.
When a lady has all the physical assets a man is looking for, that’s sexy in a more explicit sense.
The sexy girl is the one at the bar he wants to take home for the night. When he calls you beautiful, he wants to stare at you for hours and take in your glory.
“It’s a little bit more of a romantic, appreciative thing to say to someone because it encompasses their whole being,” says Boyd.
What About the Word “Cute?”
Many women have reached the conclusion that being called cute is a bad thing. The word cute feels like a direct attack on your sex appeal. “But I’m a woman,” you say.
You’re mature, intelligent, sexy, and so much more. And yes, calling you cute can get a bit old, so it’s important to know what a guy means when he says it.
A cute woman is easy to approach. She gives natural beauty vibes (not high maintenance). In fact, cute girls are some of the most laid-back people on the planet.
According to Boyd, people might prefer to use the term “cute” since it’s a fun word. It holds less emotional significance. “It’s also kind of a lower-stakes word to use with someone because it’s a little bit more benign and more in the realm of friendly.”
What Does It Mean When a Guy Calls You Beautiful?
“Beautiful” is an all-encompassing compliment your other half may use to describe you. But what does it say about your guy’s feelings for you? Does it also represent your inner beauty?
Here’s what it can mean when He calls you beautiful:
He finds you attractive and would like to get to know you better. In fact, the most likely reason why a guy calls you beautiful is that he thinks of you as beautiful.
Or he may like your personality:
According to couples travel and relationship expert Amy Hartle, “The key here is giving a compliment … that lets them know how much you’re attracted to them.”
Here are some of the other reasons why a man calls a woman beautiful:
He Appreciates Your Natural Beauty
Have you noticed that he doesn’t compliment your beauty when you’re all dolled up? Yet, he’s called you beautiful when your hair is messy or you have your ugliest, slouchiest clothes on.
That implies he is in love with the whole of you, not only your physical appearance.
The average guy thinks a lady who is comfortable in her own skin is a keeper. Guys adore low-maintenance girls who don’t need to get glammed up every time they leave the house.
He’s Being Careful With His Choice of Words
Your love interest may be referring to more than physical beauty when he calls you beautiful. In fact, he may consider you beautiful inside out. He’s trying to avoid using lame words like “cute person” because he wants to impress you.
He also doesn’t want to use loose words like “sexy.” It might ruin his chance to talk to you. The word “beautiful” is elegant, and it’s his best shot at getting you interested in him.
He Means What He is Saying
The most obvious reason a man calls you beautiful is that he likes your external appearance. He’s trying to tell you that he thinks you’re pretty hot.
So take it at face value: there’s no need to overthink it. It’s hard to tell what it can mean when a guy uses certain terms, but he may be dropping subtle hints that he wants to be more than a friend.
When he feels bold enough, he’ll go for the big guns (such as telling you you’re beautiful).
He Wants to Check Your Reaction
A man may call you beautiful to check your reaction. Or, it could be that he finds you physically cute, wants to sleep with you, or is clowning around.
Any of your guy friends could tell you that your reaction is crucial. It will become the determining factor on whether he will pursue a relationship with you or not.
He’s Smitten With You
He doesn’t only see your personality or your physical appearance. Instead, he sees that you’re a potential partner for life, so he’s being careful.
He doesn’t want you to become “The one that got away.” He sees you as his best friend and staunch companion in future adventures.
He Wants to Give You a Boost of Confidence
A guy might call you “beautiful” or something similar if he thinks you’re shy. He sees that you’re naturally self-conscious and wants to put you at ease. The reward is a sense of self-assurance, which is priceless.
He Wants to Show You Off
Your guy is proud of the person you are, and when he calls you beautiful, it’s because he wants to show you off. He can’t wait to introduce his attractive girl to his friends and family. He knows they’ll see you the same way he does.
How his inner circle sees the girls he dates is a big thing for him. You have looks and a great personality, so he wants everyone to see him with you, so they know he’s associated with you.
When a Guy Calls You Beautiful, What Do You Say Back?
One of the hardest things to figure out is what to tell a guy you don’t like when he calls you cute or beautiful. When such a guy calls you cute, always try to consider his feelings and remain respectful.
There’s nothing wrong with hinting that you’re not interested. Especially if the guy constantly pays you compliments to the point where you’re uncomfortable.
Try These Phrases
Here is what to say to a guy who’s called you beautiful when you aren’t interested:
- “I appreciate your style.”
- “Is that what you say to every girl you meet?”
- “You have great taste.”
- “I’m very flattered.”
- “Thanks for thinking so.”
- “Sure you’re not trying to flirt with me?”
- “Are you making a pass at me?”
- “Thanks for stating the obvious, [name].”
- “Here’s a handkerchief, [name]. You’re drooling.”
- “Really? Could it be the hair?”
Context really matters here. This guy may have been working on the best means of calling you beautiful for some time. Guys like that deserve good treatment, even if you’re not interested, so let him down easy.
Of course, great if you like him and get the sense he’s into you too. What does it mean when a guy you want finds you attractive? It means that he’s handed you an opportunity to flirt with him on a silver platter.
Return the favor
“Awww, that’s so sweet! You’re not so bad yourself!” In life, sometimes you need to flip the script, and that’s one example. When a guy calls you cute, and you like him back, respond accordingly.
Even if he’s the most oblivious guy on the planet, he’ll get that the interest is mutual.
If you’re shy
You can keep your response brief if you’re a bashful person. The same goes for if you feel uncomfortable receiving compliments. For example, if he calls you sexy, you can say:
- “I appreciate you saying that.”
- “Thanks – that’s nice of you to say.”
- “That’s very sweet.”
- “That’s nice to hear.”
“You are so kind.”
Is he calling you beautiful but not referring to your general physical appearance? He may be appreciating your inner beauty. If he’s your guy, he could be trying to say you’re beautiful inside and out and happy to be in a relationship with you.
You can tell him he’s kind. When you say that, he’ll know how much you appreciate his compliments and kind gestures. Guys love it when their girl says something nice to them.
Is Calling Someone Beautiful Flirting?
Calling someone beautiful can be flirting. It’s not always a romantic comment. A guy will often comment on a girl’s beauty because he’s attracted to her.
In short, it’s all about intent. It’s not flirting if a guy drops you a compliment only meant to make you feel good about yourself. If he does it to highlight his interest, then it is.
Why Do Guys Like to Say Hey Beautiful?
Men tend to be very visual. Sometimes your beauty overcomes a man. Then he will tell you that you’re elegant, stunning, gorgeous, or beautiful. He won’t even have to think about it.
We get that you might be asking about those guys on the street who yell out, “hey, beautiful,” as women walk by. That may be the result of generations of misogynistic programming. It’s a complex yet necessary conversation in the making.
So, in the end, what does it mean when a guy calls you beautiful? You can take the compliment at face value or dissect it for hidden meanings. In most cases, the giver is being genuine, but watch out for those guys who use it as a tool to get something from you!