Types of Hugs From a Man (And Their Meaning)

By on February 5, 2015

Hugs can be super confusing. They can either show signs of affection and intimacy, or awkwardness and disinterest. What kind of hugs are your man giving you? Find out the 8 types of hugs you may get from a man, and what they all mean.


 1. One Armed

We’ve all gotten one of those incredibly awkward one armed hugs- or as I like to call it, the cold shoulder hugs. This type of hug shows that he feels incredibly awkward around you and isn’t even sure if he really wants to hug you in the first place. My suggestion: I wouldn’t be trying to get another hug from him anytime soon.

2. A Quick Hug

Everyone tends to overlook a quick hug. They think, “Oh, that was short and to-the-point. They obviously don’t want to hug me!” But that actually couldn’t be any further from the truth. While some individuals may choose a quick hug because they’re just not in the mood to hug, nine times out of ten it means they just want to give you a quick squeeze to reassure you that they care. Maybe they’re late to work or school and only have time for a quickie, or maybe they just simply couldn’t wait another second to give you a little splash of love.


3. Catches You

When you go in for a hug and the guy whisks you off your feet instantly, it’s a very clear sign this man really missed you, and he couldn’t be any more excited to finally get a hug from you. This is one of those hugs we always see on television or romance movies: you know, the one where the guy and girl run towards each other and the girl wraps her legs around his waist and they embrace for 10 minutes with deep hugs and kisses. Ladies, if your man does this, he’s seriously into you.

twirls you around


4. Twirls You Around

Twirly hugs are absolutely awesome. They’re totally whimsical and free spirited, and is sure to put a huge smile on the girls face. That being said, if your man twirls you around when you go in for a hug, that means he feels comfortable and playful with you and loves to make you giggle and smile from ear to ear. Obviously a wonderful sign that he likes you and enjoys your company to the fullest extent!


5. Holds You Tight

When a man holds you tight, he doesn’t want you to leave. He is so enthralled and in love with you he doesn’t ever want to let go. These hugs can go on for a couple of minutes, and ladies, you should enjoy every second of it. Indulge in the embrace and feel the utter romance pouring through his body that he’s too afraid of tough to express with words.

6. Gives You a Squeeze

The squeeze hug is kind of a blend of the quick hug and the hold you tight hug. It’s the hug where he has a HUGE smile on his face as he wraps you in his arms and pulls you in for the tightest squeeze of your life. This is a super cute “bear hug” that is done between both friends and lovers. That being said, knowing the meaning around his hug may be a little hard to find out. He may give you a friendly squeeze or a romantic squeeze. Keep your eye out for others clues!

7. Looks Into Your Eyes

When you are hugging a man and he pulls away (but doesn’t break the hug) just so he can look into your eyes for a moment, it means he is deeply in love with you. Even though he sees your face often, he still doesn’t want to go longer than a second without seeing your majestic beauty. This is such an incredibly romantic hug that has tons of deep feelings attached to it.



8. Lay Heads on Each Other

While you’re embracing with your man, have you ever noticed that your head is a perfect fit for his arm? And if your man is tall enough, has he ever laid his head gently on top of yours? This is not only an incredibly cozy and comfortable hug, but one that shows the two of you are incredibly close and have deep feelings for each other. It shows that you’re one hundred percent comfortable around each other and know that the two of you go together perfectly like the last two pieces of a hard puzzle.

So, we’re curious: which hug do you like the most? Have you ever been given one of those terrible one armed, awkward hugs? Or have you been lucky enough to be twirled around by the man of your dreams? We’d love to hear your stories below, and we hope this has helped break the hug code!


  1. Ana

    November 23, 2016 at 9:27 am

    There’s this guy I’ve been chatting for more than a year. I’m a type of girl who always play safe even in chatting. Recently I got a chance to meet him in person. I was hesitant how to welcome him but he gave me a hug and smelled my shoulder. I liked it but I felt a little awkwardness because he’s way taller than me. When we were about to say our goodbye, he gave me a hug again. This time he smelled my shoulder and burried his face on my neck and squeezed me tighter. He was mumbling something but I didnt hear it because I was enjoying the hug. I’d never been hugged by anyone other than my gay friends and I’m concern of what his real feelings toward me. I’m always having trouble expressing my feeling towards other people especially to an opposite sex and I’m worried that if he finds me unreceptive to his moves he will just walk away. 🙁

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 24, 2016 at 7:48 am

      It sounds like he is interested in you, so keep talking to him. We have a few articles on flirting on Her Interest that you could check out and use for some additional tips. I would not worry too much because it sound like he is attracted to you, and he has had plenty of time to get to know you over the last year. Hopefully, he has learned enough about you to realize that he is the one who will have to make the first move. Good luck, Ana!

  2. Redrenee

    November 23, 2016 at 5:30 am

    There’s this one guy we’re pretty good friends and we work together. We’re seemingly pretty comfortable with each other. We’ve only embraced twice once was when we had gone to celebrate his birthday together where we had the arms around my shoulders mine around his torso hug which was nice and the other was facing each other one arm over the shoulder one around the waist. This on seemed a bit more intimate since the embrace was different than the one armed side by side hug he gave our other female friend.

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 24, 2016 at 7:46 am

      It is possible that he could like you or he just views you as a very close friend. While the hug was intimate, it could be just caused by your close friendship with each other. I would keep talking to him, try flirting a bit and see if he flirts back. If you are tired of waiting to see hwo he feels, you could also just tell him your feelings and see how he responds. Good luck, Redrenee!

  3. Jazzy

    November 10, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    theres this boy and he always wants to give me a hug even when i look mad or try to ignore him what does it mean ?

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 11, 2016 at 11:26 am

      If he attempts to bring himself close to you physically when you are upset or not paying attention to him, then it means that he wants you to feel better or give him attention. These actions are indications that he has feelings for you. He likely wants to develop a relationship with you. If you do not want to do so, then you do not need to try to establish a relationship with him. If you do want to, then speak with him directly and honestly about your feelings. This will give you additional information about his thoughts regarding you. Best of luck, Jazzy!

  4. Alyssa Sheil

    November 10, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    me and this guy were bestfriends and one day he told me he liked me and i liked him too. so about a week later he hugged me and it took my breath away :)) i was so happy.. then summer came and we stopped talking. and now that schools back he wont look at me and he has this new girl that he likes.. she asked him out and theyre going on a “picnic date” tomorrow after school. HELP?! what do i doz?

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 11, 2016 at 11:21 am

      It seems as though this new girl and him are close. It would be unwise for you to attempt to damage their relationship. Doing so would only bring negative events back toward you and harm towards this other girl. There is no reason for you to not remain friends with him however. Remain positive as you move forward. If you find that their relationship did not work out, then you should attempt to rekindle your relationship with him at that time. Have a great week, Alyssa!

  5. Jojo

    November 6, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    I have this crush and before he found out I liked him I use to mess with him to get his attention and after I did that he would come up from behind me and pick me up or just hug me from behind and walk up to me acting all strong like he was challenging me cause he over heard me saying I’m not as strong as him but he’d do it with a smirk on his face then when I’d back up a little he’d walk up to me with a smile on his face and hug me,even after he found out,also after he found out he’d just walk up to me and hug me. But the thing about is that he hugs his friends that r girls too and idk what it means. HELP!!!

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 7, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      Since his hugging you, it is likely that he has a desire to be closer to you. As he is defending you from people who are trying to touch you, he is either protecting you as a friend or protecting you because he wants to be more than a friend. If you want to develop a relationship with him, then speak with him directly and honestly about your feelings. As the two of you speak, you will learn his feelings for you in greater detail. As his actions toward you are already friendly and helpful, it is likely that he will respond in a positive manner. Have a great day, Jojo!

    • Alyssa Sheil

      November 10, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      get out of the friend zone 😉 tell him how you feel. if he doesnt feel the same then thats a shame. just continue being friends..

      • web admin

        web admin

        November 11, 2016 at 11:19 am

        Excellent advice! It is always important to share your feelings in a direct and honest way. That way they can share their feelings with you. If it does not go as planned, then you are still able to remain friends with them. At that time, spend additional time together. It is possible that proximity will grow their feelings for you. Thank you for your insights, Alyssa!

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