12 Signs a Guy Likes You But Won’t Admit it

By on September 26, 2016






The really crazy and confusing thing about when you catch feelings for someone is the fact that many of us try to hide it. We go through so much trouble just to keep the person we really like from finding out the truth about how we feel.

Why do we do this?

The truth is, pretty much every single human being has a fear of rejection. Those that claim they don’t are just very, very skilled at hiding this feeling. The fear of being rejected can cause us to hold onto our feelings and never reveal it to the person we care most about.

The horrible thing about this is that we can miss out on the best things by just keeping our feeling hidden. Wouldn’t you rather admit how you’re feeling with the chance of something great happening than to hold onto your feelings with the certainty that nothing will?

Most guys would rather chance the latter and it can be really frustrating – especially if you actually like them! However, there are signs that can give away just how a guy is feeling about you even if he won’t admit it himself. Here’s how to tell if a guy likes you but won’t admit it.

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  1. He stares at you often.

If a guy likes you, he’s going to look at you a lot because he finds you attractive. He also will be looking at you a lot because he wants to notice everything about you and your little quirks. However, when you see him staring and he turns away, this is a sign he likes you but just won’t admit it. He never wants you to notice how much he’s looking.

  1. He starts conversations with you but keeps them short.

If he’s the one to always start your conversations and always the first person to try and talk to you, but he always keeps them short, like he’s trying to avoid going into a lot of detail, this is a sign he likes you but just doesn’t want to admit it. When a guy starts the conversations but then abruptly stops them, it’s because he doesn’t want you to know just how much he wants to talk with you.

  1. He remembers all the special occasions in your life.

If he’s texting you happy birthday and asking how your big interview went and basically commenting on any day that has importance to you, he likes you. The difficult part about this is that it’s a clear sign he cares about your day, but it also signifies that he doesn’t want to admit he likes you because he’s keeping it very friendly.

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  1. He tries to cheer you up when you’re visibly upset.

This is a huge sign that a guy likes you. If he’s a person to try and make you feel better when you feel sad or upset, he really likes you. However, when he does this and then kind of backs off and doesn’t push you to feel better, that’s because he doesn’t want to admit just how much he likes you.

  1. He asks personal questions about you.

No guy is going to want to know your favorite dessert or your all time life goals if he doesn’t care about you. If he likes you, he’ll want to know everything really personal about you. He’ll start asking all about your childhood and all your interests. But if he does this in a way that seems like he has a reason to ask these questions, it’s because he won’t admit he likes you.

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  1. He double texts you.

This is a big sign that a guy likes you but is easily hidden by the fact that you can’t prove it just by a double text. If you don’t know what that is, it’s when you get two or more texts in a row from him without having replied to any. This just means that he really wants to talk to you and wants to get your attention.

  1. He gives you low-key compliments.

When a guy compliments your looks, he’s being obvious that he likes you. But if he compliments your personality or your interests in a way that makes you confused if it really was just a compliment, then he likes you but doesn’t want to admit that he does. He’s hiding the fact that he does but he also can’t help NOT complimenting you on something.

  1. He asks if you’ll be at parties/events.

If you have the same friend group and know of the same parties or events that are happening and he always asks if you’ll be attending them, he likes you but just won’t admit it. He’s not asking you to go to those parties with him because he’s trying to hid that he likes you, but he also really wants to know if you’ll be there so he can be prepared properly.

  1. He acts like he likes you, but never talks about his feelings.

If there’s a guy that’s always complimenting you and following you around and talking to you all the time but never, ever talks about himself or how he’s feeling, it’s because he just won’t admit that he has feelings for you. Some guys make the conversations all about you so they can determine just how much they do like you, but they withhold information about themselves so they don’t give away their feelings for you.

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  1. His friends tell you he likes you.

This is a huge giveaway that a guy likes you but won’t admit it himself. If his friends are secretly going up to you and telling you about how much their friend likes you, it’s a clear sign that he does. This happens very often because his friends really want him to make a go for it, but he’s just too stubborn to admit his own feelings. If this happens to you, then it’s safe to assume that he really does like you.

  1. He denies it when you ask him.

If you’ve ever tried to approach a guy and ask if he likes you and he immediately gets embarrassed and even denies the entire thing, it’s clear that he just doesn’t want to admit it. For whatever reason he has an issue with his feelings for you and might even not be ready for a relationship. If you’re confident he likes you but he says he doesn’t, then he might not be ready to tell you how he feels just yet.

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  1. He tries to hang out with you alone.

If you’re at a party and you always seem to be talking to JUST him and he slyly made it so the two of you are alone, then he might really like you but just not want to admit it. Another sign is if you plan on going on a group outing and everyone ends up canceling but him and HE is the one who arranged the whole thing, it may be because he never even told the others to come.

Guys that don’t admit their feelings are always really frustrating. However, they usually have a good reason for doing so. But if you notice any of the signs above when talking with a guy you know, it could mean he likes you but just won’t admit it.





278 Comments

  1. Theresa Sumpter

    July 17, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Hi there! I’m a bit older but need advise. Recently divorced but ready for someone else. A guy started messaging me on facebook over a minth ago. He has not missed a day messaging. But he makes all kinds of excuses not to see me. He claims health issues. He also claims to be perfectly happy alone and doesnt want to date. I am really attracted to him. I stalk his pictures all the time. Our conversations aren’t much usually. Mostly about him. I cannot stop thinking about him. If I tell him how I really feel Im afraid of losing all together. Is there a hiddrn reason why he messages me everyday? I most always wait for him to text first. So confused and hurting to know something.
    Thanks
    Theresa

    • web admin

      web admin

      July 17, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      It is likely that he has feelings for you. He may be concerned about developing a relationship at this time. Your best option is to speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. If you want to meet up with him, then make a date. If he can not make a particular date, then make another date. If he seems like he is avoiding a date, then question him. Have a great day, Theresa!

  2. riti

    July 5, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Hi
    There this guy whom I know for almost three years now
    We are great friends and always there for each other but I have recently realised I like him much more than a friend
    I now live in a hostel and in differen cities but we still have that unbreakable connection
    Whenever something is wrong he is the first person I talk to and he doesn’t say much but just talking to him makes me feel good
    I know somewhere he sees me only as a friend and nothing else but I can’t get him out of mind

    • web admin

      web admin

      July 5, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      If you want to develop a relationship, then reach out to him. If you do not think that he is interested in developing a relationship with you, then attempt to become closer with him. Either way, you can attempt to spend additional time with him. When doing so, you may want to speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. This will give him the chance to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Riti!

  3. Emily

    July 5, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Hi ! So there’s this guy, Luke. He’s my brothers best friend, so they hang out lots of time. I have a CRUSH on him… He and I have been texting on whatsApp for 3 years EVERYDAY. He keeps the conversation going when it’s dried up. And if I ignore his message, he will DEFINITELY text again after a few hours to gain my attention and keep the conversation going. However, here’s the tricky part, he and I barely meet up together and when we do. He turns awkward and avoids my gaze, and not talking to me. I feel bad because he text a lot but wouldn’t talk to me in real life. PS when I’m far away he will stare at me and feel embarrassed when I notice. However, when I ask about his crush, he say he don’t have a crush…. Also he gets jealous ( I think ) when i text him asking about his boys classmates, he will either back talk them (eg insult them ) or ignore my message then text again a few hours later with a new conversation!! ( I think it’s a sign he’s jealous, what u think?) Btw my friend told him that I like him before so….if it helps, he usually send me GIFS , meme, Songs links, Upcoming movies, pictures of stuffs he bought or doing ( never pictures if him tho, well just once ), videos of what he’s doing etc cuz we have A LOT IN COMMON than his normal friends and he has. (Btw i heard a rumor by his friends that he likes a girl in his class the year I met him, 3 years ago, so I’m scared he likes her instead of me) I really liked him and I although I’m pretty sure he likes me based on the web searches (signs he likes me through texting etc) I am scared of ruining this friendship. Plus it will be embarrassing when my brother knows I asked his best friend out…help? I want him to ask me out and I need to know does he like me and will he ever ask me out? Btw our culture is that u hv to be at least 18 to get a gf/bf and he’s 17 this year. Thanks!!

    • web admin

      web admin

      July 5, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      It sounds as though he is interested in you. At the very least, he thinks of you as a very close friend. If you are concerned about your brother’s feelings, then speak with him about any questions that you may have. Your best option is to speak directly and honestly with your crush about your thoughts and feelings. There is no reason to allow cultural norms to stop you from entering into a relationship with someone that you have strong feelings for. Have a great day, Emily!

      • Emily

        July 5, 2017 at 8:06 pm

        Do you think he’s likes me? Cuz I have to be sure that he likes me before I open up to him and my brother… Thanks!!

        • web admin

          web admin

          July 6, 2017 at 7:06 pm

          It is possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. It may be likely that the reason why he has not moved toward you is because he is friends with your brother. This reason may prevent the two of you getting together. That is why you would be benefited by speaking with your brother. Speak with your brother about your thoughts and feelings regarding his friend. Then determine your course of action that that time. Have a great day, Emily!

  4. Emma

    July 3, 2017 at 6:42 am

    There’s this guy. He’s my brothers friend, we text each other everyday for 2-3 years now. When I ignore his message, he’s gonna text again to gain my attention. But when I ask about his crush, he say he doesn’t have any crush. P.s when I start talking about other boys he’s gonna talk their bad habits etc and insult them , or even ignore my message by I reading them then text another topic the next day. Btw he and I have a lot in common. I think he likes me because web says that boys don’t text everyday . Help? Cuz he say he has no crushes

    • web admin

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      July 3, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      He is likely interested in developing a relationship with you. He has told you that he is not interested in anyone else and he is jealous when you speak about other boys. This means that he may want something more at this time. If you want to develop a relationship with him, then your best option is to reach out to him. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Emma!

      • Emmy

        July 5, 2017 at 5:26 am

        Hi I have a same problem with Emma too. I liked this guy and he’s also my brothers friend. We barely meet but he show signs that a shy guy likes me. He’s quiet all of a sudden when I pass by, he will look at me when I’m not looking, and barely talks to me. But he text A LOT on whatsapp. We have A LOT IN COMMON TOO. when I talk abt other boys he will not read my message until the next day and ignoring it by talking other topics, or talk about their bad stuffs. When I ask him who’s his crush, he say he DONT HAVE A CRUSH and I feel so sad …. also we texted EVERYDAY for like 3 years now.. if I didn’t reply, he’s gonna send another text and another until I reply. I think he likes me cuz I read posts and he has all those signs but we barely meet each other and he say he don’t have a crush….help? Btw if it helps he sends me videos abt what he’s doing, movie posters, songs links, GIFS , pictures of things he bought etc….Please let me know if he’s interested in me?

        • web admin

          web admin

          July 5, 2017 at 1:29 pm

          He may be interested in developing a relationship with you. He may be confused or uncertain about his feelings. He may be too shy to admit that he has a crush on you. Your best option is to speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. This will give him the opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Emmy!

  5. Jodie

    June 29, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    I like this guy at work and he only does a couple things on this list. I notice at work where he decided to chose his desk it’s direct view to mine so he can see when I get up. He will text his friend at our work who will then text my friend at work and ask if I’m at work when he isn’t there and he’s also made the comment that he worries about me but won’t say why or what he worries about. Does this mean he likes me?

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 30, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      These things mean that he certainly has feelings for you. If you have feelings for him as well, then take this time to determine what you want at this time. If you want to develop a relationship with him, then speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. This will give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Jodie!

  6. amie

    June 28, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I know this boy he’s like my best friend. he always tells me his secrets and what does he think or hate about someone even if it is one of his closest friends. he, like you said above, asks me short questions or conversations. everytime he sees that I’m sad he tries to cheer me up and encourages me. he is from the kind which their feelings are hard to be known. I just wanna know if he likes me or not. My girl best friend says that he likes me just by observing the situation but I don’t agree with her so that’s why I’m asking. please help me.

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 29, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      It is likely that he has a strong emotional connection with you. This means that it is likely that he wants to develop a relationship with you. Take this time to determine if you want to develop a relationship with him as well. If you do, then reach out to him. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. This will give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Amie!

  7. natalie

    June 23, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    So i really like this guy we always text each other cuz of the distance. So one time i said to him does he have a crush and he said yes i asked what’s her name and he won’t answer.he sometimes call me sis and cares for me.does he like me ?

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 24, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      He certainly feels a strong emotional connection with you. If he views you as a sister, then your relationship has a chance for the future. This is a sign that he feelings strongly for you. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. This will help the two of you nourish a relationship together. Have a great day, Natalie!

  8. Reece

    June 19, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    I like this guy and he said that he really loved me but we tried dating and didn’t work out for us. He is dating a girl right now but says whenever they break I I can have him. I don’t know what to do especially since he said he loves me. What do I do?

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 20, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      You can continue to be his friend. Do not attempt to damage their relationship. It would be unbeneficial for you at this time and in the future. However, being his friend and sharing your kindness with him will be beneficial. If they break apart, then you can be there for him at that time. Be certain to accept him only if he continues to treat you with respect. Also, you can develop a relationship with someone else. You do not need to wait for him, especially if you are his backup partner. Have a great day, Reece!

  9. Amanda

    June 16, 2017 at 3:20 am

    I have a guy friend and I really like him. But he calls me a slut, hoe, bitch, gay and all other bad things. I know his a type of guy that always joke around. But I don’t even know whatever he likes me back. He has a lot of friends that are girls as well!! so yes I do get jealous but I know love is not jealous. He’s also the type of guy that sounds like he’s flirting to everyone but apparently he isn’t because thats just his “nature”. So some people think he’s flirting because he sends love hearts, he says love you to them, calling them babe and all that. I really do like him, I have never felt this feeling before ;( but I don’t think he feels the same way.

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 16, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      There are many people with flirtatious personalities. His negatives words may be a way of flirtation. If you do not like what he is saying to you, then speak directly and honestly with him about your concerns. He likely has many friends who are women. If you want to develop a relationship with him, then attempt to spend additional time with him. If you find that he is trustworthy, then attempt to develop a relationship with him. Have a great day, Amanda!

      • Amanda

        June 16, 2017 at 7:13 pm

        thank you so much! But I’m the type of person that is really shy so especially to him! I’m not too sure if I can actually spend some time with him yet I really want to. I’m also not sure if he actually wants me to spend time with him as well. But thank you so much, I really appreciate it!

        • web admin

          web admin

          June 17, 2017 at 6:32 pm

          If you find that you are feeling more confident, then take action. This is the best way that you will become closer to him. If not, then enjoy your life and gain confidence through other means. Have a great day, Amanda!

      • laura

        June 16, 2017 at 7:14 pm

        thank you so much! But I’m the type of person that is really shy so especially to him! I’m not too sure if I can actually spend some time with him yet I really want to. I’m also not sure if he actually wants me to spend time with him as well. But thank you so much, I really appreciate it!

        • web admin

          web admin

          June 17, 2017 at 6:58 pm

          Make whatever decision that you wish to make. You may be benefited by developing your confidence. Perhaps you could practice a skill or develop a hobby. In time, you will find that you will be more willing to take these kinds of leaps. Have a great day, Laura!

      • laura

        June 16, 2017 at 7:14 pm

        I’m the type of person that is really shy so especially to him! I’m not too sure if I can actually spend some time with him yet I really want to. I’m also not sure if he actually wants me to spend time with him as well

        • web admin

          web admin

          June 17, 2017 at 6:58 pm

          Make whatever decision that you wish to make. You may be benefited by developing your confidence. Perhaps you could practice a skill or develop a hobby. In time, you will find that you will be more willing to take these kinds of leaps. Have a great day, Laura!

  10. chilo

    June 14, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Hi. Their is a boy I really like he said he likes me to, he acts lyk it sometimes but his mostly talking like he does not care. A friend of mine who knows him so well told me his a playboy and I should just forget about him, what should I do.

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 14, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      If you want to develop a relationship with him, then speak directly and honestly with him about your feelings. If you are concerned that he is a “playboy”, then share those concerns with him. If he seems honest and respectful, then try to spend time with him in person. If he seems as though he is not trustworthy, then allow thoughts of him to fade into the past. Have a great day, Chilo!

  11. Anonymous

    June 6, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Hey there is this guy I have been talking to from past few months. His messages are all sweet and good and flirty sometimes. But the other times he just doesn’t seems to be interested in talking to me. Though he would sometimes tease me, jokes around and even boasts about himself.When I’ll give him a slight hint that I want us to go out together, he will ask about it for 2-3 times, till I change the topic. I don’t know if he likes me or not. But there is this thing that he is naturally friendly. Confused. Should I tell him how I feel? Or let him take the lead?

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 7, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      It would be best for you to speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. This will give him the chance to think about what he wants with your relationship. He will then be able to share his thoughts with you as well. It is always wise for you to take the lead when you want a decision to be made. Have a great day, Anon!

  12. kat

    June 3, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Hi again,same guy input more information.one point he ask me if he was going 2 go 2 another department would I miss him.didn’t reply then he turn his head and being shy.then he say moving 2 another seat again reply nothing,he just stood there and smile.he was sitting across from me.then he says about my bf again assuming…he comment is he one of my bf? reply nothing…he just being shy.I don’t know exactly, what is on his mind…happen a month ago…does he really want 2 know if I have bf or teasing me.why does he care anyways my thoughts

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 5, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      His questions are signs that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. He is also interested in learning if you have feelings for him. He would like to get to know you better. If you are currently in a relationship, then let him know that you have a partner. If not, and you want to develop a relationship with him, then speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Kat!

  13. kat

    June 3, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Hi,confused this guy work with in the past have look at me but, doesn’t talk w/me til this year. he was shy & nervous around me at times. think he’s kind of loosen up a little since he been around me often.anyways, lately he always ask me about my boyfriend, if have any, how many,ect. who I go out with nor like…that means? is he just being curious. I actually ask him why want 2 know.he reply just bc want 2 know,turn around being shy.. confused…

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 5, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      His questions are signs that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. He is also interested in learning if you have feelings for him. He would like to get to know you better. If you are currently in a relationship, then let him know that you have a partner. If not, and you want to develop a relationship with him, then speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Kat!

  14. Abby

    May 26, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Okay so this guy and I go to school together and at the beginning of the year a couple of friends told me he liked me. I was interested so I began talking to him but I didn’t want to become anything serious yet. I think that he was under the impression that we were more than just friends and was hurt when I began a “thing” with another guy. A couple months after I had ended this with the other boy, the old guy drunkly told me he loves me more than a friend and didn’t understand why we were dating. I didn’t know what else to say besides: “I just don’t feel the same way”. Then we stopped talking at school until a couple months ago where we started becoming better friends. He has a flirty personality so I never know what to think with him. Recently I realized I have deeper feelings than just being friends and I told him how I feel and he said that he isn’t looking for anything right now and likes our friendship the way it is. I respected that but I feel like he has feelings but then again I don’t know. We text every night and he always asks if I’m talking to other guys and asks things about hookups. He asked if I was planning on hooking up with people over the summer and whenever I stop responding at night he texts me a couple times in a row saying how I should stay up and talk to him. I am just really confused by his mixed signals.

    • Abby

      May 26, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      *to correct he didn’t understand why we weren’t dating

      • web admin

        web admin

        May 28, 2017 at 9:43 am

        Don’t worry–I understood. Thanks for commenting, Abby, and good luck!

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 28, 2017 at 9:43 am

      It sounds like he likes you, but he was hurt when you started dating someone else. He may have thought that you were more of an item with him, or he may have just expected you to wait for him. Whatever the case, it sounds like he likes you and just doesn’t want to take your relationship to the next level.

  15. kim bum

    May 20, 2017 at 5:17 am

    There is a guy we learn at the same school he does much of things that are listed above but he completely ignore me but with my best friend he chats,talk to her and start conversation but me he only stares at me and want to talk but keep it short . Ignorance is the basic thing he does know but I am scared that I might get to another before knowing that he likes me or not and please help me to know whether he likes me or not

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 20, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      There is no way to know just yet. Ignoring you could be because he likes your friend instead or it could mean he likes you and is too shy to talk to you. I would try to talk to him more and flirt a bit to see how he responds. Best of luck, Kim Bum!

  16. Rachel

    May 18, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    There is this guy and he really doesn’t do much of the stuff on this list but I’m almost sure he likes me. It’s so hard to tell tho because he barely shows any change in emotion. Today I could tell something was wrong and when I asked he actually told me. That was the first change. Then he said “the person I like is dating a decent person so that kind of sucks…” we go to a pretty small school and I’m dating someone the this guy is friends with. He hates all of our other friends boyfriends and anyone who he would like other than people in our group aren’t dating anyone. He also said that the person has blue eyes and out of all his possible crushes i am the only one with blue eyes. I just can’t figure it out tho cause he really does act like he likes me. He acts like we r buddies and that’s it. Help!

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 19, 2017 at 9:59 am

      It sounds like he likes you. If you are in a relationship though, you should not do anything about it–you don’t want to cause drama in your own relationship, and it would be hard for him to trust you if you left another guy to be with him. If you are single in the future though, go for it! It sounds like he really likes you and is just holding off on doing anything out of respect for your relationship. Good luck, Rachel!

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