10 Signs a Guy Likes You But is Trying Not to Show it

By on April 18, 2016

So, you want to find out if a guy likes you even though he might be hiding it? Well, you’ve come to the right place! For some reason, guys try not to show it when they like a girl. I think they think it makes them seem less manly, even though that’s not the case at all.

Guys can try all they want to hide the fact that they like us. But one thing that we know and they probably don’t is this: body language can tell you a lot more about a person’s feelings than they ever will.

Understanding a guy’s body language is the first step to determining if he likes you but is trying not to show it. Here are some subtle signs that he’s really into you even if he’s hiding it.

  1. He’s Always Around, but Just Out of Reach


If he seems to show up just about everywhere you are – even if it’s just to run a quick errand – he likes you but might not want you to know. When a guy always finds a way to just SEE you, he likes you. But by keeping his distance he’s able to see you and get the joy out of it without letting you in on the fact that he might actually like you.

  1. He Seems to Know Everything About You


If he remembers your birthday, the fact that you hate pineapple on your pizza, and that your favorite snack is chocolate covered raisins, then he definitely likes you. When a guy goes through that much trouble to remember all of those important things about you, he isn’t just looking at you as a friend. But since he’s keeping his knowledge subtle and only bringing it up when the opportunity arises, he’s trying to keep his feelings for you on the down low.

  1. He Keeps Himself and His Place Clean for You


If you’ve happened to notice that whenever you know you’ll be around him he seems to be clean shaved, freshly showered, and smells amazing, he’s into you. Another way to tell if a guy like you but is trying not to show it is if you’ve ever been to his house and it’s really, really clean and his room especially is extra tidy. Guys aren’t naturally really clean people. If he’s making an effort to be clean, he’s showing that he likes you by trying to impress you – even if he’s not saying he likes you.


  1. He Gives You Very Small, but Great Gifts


By small, I mean nothing that you would feel the need to repay in anyway. So no jewelry, clothes, or the likes. If he goes bring you your favorite smoothie, candy, or even a book he thinks you might like, then he likes you. He’s being subtle enough to make you think he’s just being a nice friend, but these actions from a guy means that he wants so much more from you. Gifts are not something that anyone really gives another person without having more than “just friends” feelings for them.

  1. He Calls Other Girls, “My Friend…”


If you two are having a conversation and he’s talking about other girls and mentions them by name and he almost always says, “my friend…,” before their name, he likes you but is trying to hide it. If he didn’t like you, there should be no reason for him clarifying that the girls he’s mentioning are just friends. He’s subtly pointing out the fact that he’s NOT interested in any of them. Meaning he’s got eyes for someone else. And I bet that would be you.

  1. He’s Always Looking at You


When you’re walking around a party, get together, or even at school and you somehow always seem to catch his eye, he’s been looking at you. When a guy spends that much of his time looking at you it’s because he likes you. Staring at someone from across the room is an age-old telltale sign that he likes you and is trying not to show it. Another key signal is if he immediately averts his gaze and pretends like he wasn’t looking. This for SURE means he likes you and really doesn’t want you to know.

  1. He Wards off His Friends


If you’re talking to him and he mentions that you should steer clear of any (or all) of his friends because of some reason or another, it’s his subtle way of keeping you off the market so he has a chance when he’s finally ready to show you that he likes you. He also might make you stay away from his friends because they know he likes you and he doesn’t want you knowing.

  1. He Almost Always Agrees with You

When someone agrees with almost everything you say it’s because they like you. If you’ve also noticed that you seem to get your way around him more or he says one thing and then says the opposite because you speak up, he likes you and is trying to hide it.

  1. He’s Wishy-Washy



People that are trying to hide their feelings sometimes don’t know they’re showing it. But as soon as he notices that he’s being too nice to you or making it apparent that he’s into you, he might pull back and actually be mean or withdrawn. So if you’ve noticed that a guy is being really wishy-washy with the way he talks to you and the way he treats you, it could be because he likes you but doesn’t want you to know.

  1. He Asks Intimate Details about You


By intimate details I’m talking about personal information on your family, hobbies, and  likes/dislikes. If someone just wants to be your friend they’re not concerned about finding out that information right away. If he likes you, he’s digging and finding it for himself.

When you want to know if a guy likes you but is trying not to show it, these 10 signs are a perfect place to start. Do you have any more signs that you’ve noticed before?


  1. Mya

    February 26, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    So a different guy was hanging out with his friends and they all started following me around and saying that that boy likes me. I confronted him about it and he denied that he likes me and now I catch him looking at me he bumps into me and stands close to me… What does this mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 27, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      He may have been shy or uncertain about your feelings toward him, and this may have caused him to not admit that he is interested in you. He may actually be interested in you at this time. Your best option is to speak directly and honestly with him about your feelings. This will give him an opportunity to share him thoughts and ideas with you. Have a great day, Mya!

  2. Steph

    February 26, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    I like a boy and I need to know, what does it mean when I tell him that I like him then he brings it up a lot.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 27, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      If he brings it up a lot, then he may want you to say it again. That may be a sign that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. Speak directly and honestly with him about your feelings. He may have developed feelings for you since you last spoke to him about your feelings. Take charge and enjoy life. Best of luck, Steph!

  3. Lauren

    February 25, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Hi, I am wondering if a guy I sorta know likes me. Back in November we went on this field trip and it was time to take a picture with the whole class and he out his hand on my shoulder and said hey but didn’t take it off. Nowadays I glanced at him and he glanced back. The other day I walked by him then twenty minutes later he stood by me. And his friend started talking to me excitedly. does he like me?

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 26, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      He may be interested in developing a relationship with you. He certainly feels close enough to you to place his hand on your shoulder. If you want to reach out to him, then do so. Try to spend additional time with him and learn about him thoughts and feelings. Share yourself with him as well. Best o f luck, Lauren!

  4. Amdrea

    February 25, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Well I like this guy alot and we where or maybe still are good friends and I really wanna see if he likes me back …We where really close friends and it both kinda seemed like we both liked each other but just didn’t wanna show it so once he knew that I liked him he totally back off in a way that were not close anymore and barley talk so I just wanted to know what might be going on

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 26, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      He may not be interested or unable to develop a relationship with you at this time. If you want to try to establish a relationship with him, then reach out to him. Share your thoughts and ideas with him and try to spend time with him. If you find that he does not want to develop a relationship with you, then allow him to fade from your romantic thoughts. Best of luck, Andrea!

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