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. Leegirl

    June 1, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Hello admin! It’s me again! Leegirl! I’ll tell you what happened when i chatted him! And it was a roller coaster ride for my feelings!

    So let’s start! I….. Actually wrong send him 😂😂😂 IT WAS A FREAKING MISTAKE MY HANDS ARE SHAKING AND BECOMING COLD OMGOSH! But of course, i didn’t regret it :>

    Hihihi he’s so friendly. And i smell something fishy with his “:>” i dunno why. I told him that the rubics that he fixed was thrown by me. 😂 And he was like “Why did you throw it? It’s not a waste :>” and me was like okay bruh watdahel 💕. And then i told him that i’ll go to my cousin’s house and he’ll tease me. 😂 He didn’t seen or reply and i was laughing like hell! 😂😂😂 HAHAHAHA OF COURSE IT’S AWKWARD I JUST WANT TO SEE HIS REACTION! 😂 He looked like he don’t want to talk to me anymore and looked like he was forced to talk to me😂 And then i talked about his bio about stars 😂✨ Hahahaha i was priceless for his reaction “Yeah. It’s cute and also pretty :> HAHAHAHA” 😂😍🙈🙊✨ i dunno why i blushed. I think because i thought that “stars” is me! 😂 WAHAHAHA! And i accidentally told him that the codename of my crush is Stars! I’m almost fcked up! I almost told him that it was him! But he didn’t care about the crushy thingy (yeah of course who am i) and said “Stargazing is relaxing, right? HAHAHAHAHA” I noticed that when we started the “stars” conversation he always laugh! 😂 And i asked him why he’s laughing. He said that “It’s happy to be happy, try it!” HAHAHAHA HE’S CRAZY LIKE ME! 😂 He loves math and me too 😂 But he didn’t like loooooooong solutions, while me i like it 😀 He jokely said “You’re my idol! HAHAHA” and also said that “Too much for tonight” D: He’ll sleep. He left me :/ Just kidding! And then afternoon the next day i chatted him by saying hello! 😄 And 1 hour passed and he replied. 😭 Thank God! 😭 And because of too much excitement, I told him again that i’ll go to my cousin’s house and he’ll tease me :/ HE DIDN’T LEAVE SEEN OR REPLY EVEN HE’S ONLINE AND IT’S A STUPID MISTAKE WAAAAAAH! HE SNOBBED ME! I’M VERY SHY SHY SHY WAAAAAAH! 😭 (After that i commited a mistake that i’ll suffer for 10 fcking months!) Hehehehe! Thank you by the waaaay for your advice! :> it helped me too much! 😄 Atleast i know some of his similarities to me hihihi (i don’t why, but that “stars” conversation it was like he’s pretending or what i dunno i kept thinking about it)

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 2, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      I hope that everything works out. If I understand your comment right, it sounds like he could like you. Just keep talking to him and see where things go. Good luck!

  2. Maria

    May 27, 2017 at 7:54 am

    So I have this good friend who I admitted to that I liked him in October or November. Things got kind of awkward for a while after I told him because he wasn’t interested in a relationship (understandable as we’re both super busy), but in March this year we were back to being friendly and texting a lot. We went to prom together and it was super fun, and it seemed like there was a romantic spark the whole time. We kept catching each other’s eyes and he would always walk with me either holding my hand or with his hand on my lower back sort of “guiding” me in that gentlemanly way. However, since even before prom, he doesn’t seem to want to talk to me in public places. When we’re alone or with just like one or two others he’s friendly and considerate and always offering to help me in small ways such as giving me a ride home. When we’re on big groups or at school, however, he tends to not talk to me or even make eye contact. A friend just asked him if he liked me and he said only as a friend, but I’ve been getting so many mixed signals I’m not sure if it’s really just as a friend or if he just doesn’t want a relationship right now? I’m graduating and taking a gap year (for work) and he’s finishing junior year, although we’re almost the same age, so I’m not sure if trying to keep this possibility of dating open would be a good idea or limit the possibility of others? I’m just all mixed up.

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 28, 2017 at 10:45 am

      He may not know what he wants either. It sounds like it could go either way–he could like you, or he may just see you as a friend. He may have also never considered you as anything other than a friend before since you will be graduating and presumably leaving soon. At the moment, I would just stay friends with him and not push it for more. Whether he likes you or not, it does not seem like he wants to be anything other than friends, so I wouldn’t expect more right now. Good luck, Maria!

  3. Nj

    May 26, 2017 at 11:07 am

    I have a similar case but here this guy I like used to be my classmate in school and now we are in the same college out of coincidence. I once told him that I like him through text and then told that I won’t force him to like me and that we could remain as frnds if he doesn’t have those feelings. He took it in a sporty manner and told then we remained frnds as before and I kept some distance from him sometime so that I can get over him. But then on I noticed a change in his attitude ,he became really nice ,shy, sometimes energetic as if he likes me . I kept on ignoring that thinking it is my illusion but till know I don’t know what he is trying to convey. It is like he wants to show me that he likes me but don’t want to express it.

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 28, 2017 at 9:31 am

      I am not sure if he likes you now. It sounds possible, but it seems like he should make a move if he does. He knows that you liked him before, so he could easily make a move without fear of rejection. If it were me, I would keep being friends with him and wait to see if he makes a move. Good luck, NJ!

  4. Jasmine Raine

    May 23, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    I’m a shy person and this guy said to his bestfriend that he’s annoyed by me,even if I don’t do anything wrong to him, when me and my friends go to his house he’s always hiding, but when we are in class he’s always staring at me and when he talked at me he’s like whispering, even if his voice are actually loud to anyone and when we ask him to join us travel he’s always telling us that he’s busy, and when we’ve got a group recitation he helped me to answer, even if he don’t do that to anyone.

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 24, 2017 at 9:50 am

      It sounds like he doesn’t like you. While a guy may try to hide his feelings if he is interested, it sounds like he is going beyond just hiding his feelings. For some reason, he doesn’t like you. Maybe you remind him of someone he doesn’t like or maybe he just doesn’t want to be friends. Whatever the case, he is probably not interested in you. 🙁

  5. Macy

    May 22, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    So there’s this guy. He’s very shy and in my science class. All of my friends say they think he likes me but he said different. He comes up to me all the time and starts convos(which is big because he’s really shy). He stares at me tons in class (especially from across the room) Whenever I walk past his friends they look at me and nudge him to get his attention and smile and whisper things. He also teases me a lot,winks at me, and smiles. He told me that he catch feelings for his friends because the last person he dated was his bestfriend and it was a bad experience. That was the first girl he dated and it’s been a year in a half and he hasn’t been seeing anyone else. He also told me that he doesn’t want a relationship right now because he’s stressed with things going on in his life. He’s very shy and I don’t know if the reason why he said all of this is because he doesn’t want a relationship or not. Or he’s just scared of it. What do I do?

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 23, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      It sounds like he is doing nearly all of the things you would expect from someone who has a crush, especially if that person is shy. He may be telling you about the stress in his life and the bad experience so that you know why he does not ask you out. It sounds like he likes you, but cannot date you right now because of those reasons. Until he gets over those two things, you may have to wait a while to be with him. Good luck, Macy!

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