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.


  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.

  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.


  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.


  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.

  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.


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    August 10, 2019 at 7:37 am

    I have a weird friendship with a guy…he rejected me a while ago when he found out i liked him from someone else. we didn’t talk for a while, but he reinitiated the friendship a couple months ago and now we talk every day. He acted nervous around me when i’d see him for the time being but now it’s summer so we’ve just been talking through text. I still like him, but I don’t think he knows this. he’s been doing some questionable “friend” things…back when we had our initial “issue” he mentioned he did not want to “subconsciously lead me on”…I think he’s thrown that statement to the wind. he’s very awkward about relationships and crushes but he opened up to me recently about an ex. he has offered to buy me stuff from somewhere he is going this weekend and recently he’s been complimenting my art a lot. he acts jealous of other guys if they message me as well. the other night we were discussing some stuff about looks and he mentioned, in context, that I was “objectively attractive”, and then later, “the definition of fine complexion”…these terms seem to be really technical. is he trying to show we’re friends? or his he just too nervous to actually give a subjective compliment about my appearance?

    • web admin

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      August 10, 2019 at 10:02 pm

      His nervous actions may be an indication that he likes you, but he is uncertain or confused about your feelings toward him. His awkward behaviors may be related to his previous relationship. His statements about you being attractive are clear indications of his feelings for you. Make a decision about what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Stef!

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      August 15, 2019 at 3:17 pm

      so the guy i like asked me if i like him and i said no and then asked if he liked me back and he said no in a very nonconving way. he acts like he’s mad about me saying no and he says he really doesn’t want to make it awkward between us two. he wants to stay as close friends but I don’t know the way he acted when I said no seemed like he was hurt.

      • web admin

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        August 15, 2019 at 5:03 pm

        He asked you if you liked him, and he told you that he didn’t. His question is an indication of his feelings for you. It is clear that he is interested in you. Make a decision about what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Katie!

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    August 8, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    so i work with this boy and i don’t know when i started to like him but eventually I did. One day he accidentally broke one of my nails and he felt so bad that he kept telling me he’ll pay for me to get them done. after arguing and telling him i didn’t want him money and it was a accident he soon just gave me the money which was very sweet. he would say hi to me every time i come to work, he would tell me goodnight if he leaves first. There was time where we would leave at the same time and he would tell me to wait for him to clock out so he could walk with me. this one night he walked me to my car because i was very upset that night and he looked me in the eye and told me i was beautiful because i was feeling very insecure at that moment because a situation happened. so i really started to like him more deeply and i feel like he really likes me to but sometimes he shows that he doesn’t so i get so frustrated and upset at work because he’s confusing me. i never been in a relationship before so i never gone through something like this but i would rather not get rejected if i was to ever ask him if he likes me. also its very hard to express my feelings to someone like its like I’m not capable. but i just don’t know what to do with this situation

    • web admin

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      August 8, 2019 at 9:33 pm

      His behaviors are clear indications that he cares for you. It is certainly possible that he is interested in maintaining a relationship with you. Make a decision about what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. If you are too shy to speak with him immediately, then first nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Kayla!

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    July 31, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    oh my god! this article left me bald.

    So there is this guy I met recently, he’s really nice to me. He’s always there when I ask for favors, I feel like he likes me and I would be so down to date him and see where things go. On my birthday, he texted me to wish me a happy birthday and asked me how I was and if I had any plans, I explained to him that I was having a bad day and he immediately suggested going to the beach and smoking me out, I accepted his invitation. We had an amazing time, from time to time I’d catch him staring at me, he never called me by my name the whole day, he’d call me “Birthday girl” which sounds not that exciting but I just thought it was cute, made me feel special. Anyways, after the beach he asked me if I wanted to do something else, I said that I wanted to get dessert and thats what he did. after that he asked me again what I wanted to do and I said I wanted to go home, which I think made him a little sad. we hung out the day after. The next day he asked me If I wanted to hang out again but I had to say no bc I had other plans. He asked me again today, and I said yes. im like 90% sure he likes me but will not admit it and thats what I don’t like about the whole situations… like dude!!! have some balls, we could be making out rn but your playing. Anyways, someone pls give me their opinion and what I should do:(((

    • web admin

      web admin

      July 31, 2019 at 4:59 pm

      He clearly is interested in you. He wants to spend as much time with you as possible. He has asked you about what you want to do, so you may want to ask him his feelings as well. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with your as well. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Maree!

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    July 21, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Ok. I have this weird friendship with this guy… let’s call him Keith.
    Now Keith at the first two days we met, he was so flirty and funny. And then I gave him my number so We could get to know each other more… we talked and then I noticed that in person he’s really flirty and funny. Likes to talk about events in his life. But when we text, he barely does. I mean I asked him if he wanted to know something about me and he said “no right now, but you can tell me later”. I talked to my older cousin and he said there’s a probability that he might like me but doesn’t want to admit it cause he wants to get to know me Better. But one day I asked him, if he was interested in Someone and he said “no😅” and then I asked if he liked anyone and said not yet. So I’m confused. I don’t know what to do…

    • web admin

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      July 22, 2019 at 2:09 pm

      The two of you share a strong social and emotional relationship. In person, the two of you communicate freely. Over text, he is slow and unresponsive. It is certainly likely that he is interested in you. Some people do not like speaking over text messages. This is common. If you want to nourish this relationship, then spend additional time with him in person. Speak with him about setting up a time to see each other. Have a great day, Anon!

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    July 10, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    There is this guy I like. Let’s call him “Joey”. Now me and Joey have a strange relationship. In the past few months we’ve come to be very close friends. We text constantly and chat for hours at a time. Now this is where the complicated stuff jumps in. A couple months ago, there was a formal dance at our school. Now to all my friends I have put up a strict no-dating policy and all of them, including Joey, knew this. One day out of the blue Joey asks me to formal. I politely decline and although he seems a little upset he seems a little disappointed by it. Now the reason I had said no was because another boy had already asked me to the dance and I had agreed to go as just friends. I had felt a little bad but thought nothing of it. He didn’t show up to formal, but his friend “Randy” had. We talked throughout it. A couple weeks later I was texting Joey one night when the guy who had asked me to formal said out of the blue if I liked Joey. I was startled and said no in a respectful manner as I had never even given Joey any romantic thought until that moment. This kid screenshoted the message and I freaked out. So I messaged Joey personally and asked me if he liked me. Joey seem surprised I had knew but admitted his feelings to me. I then told him that it wasn’t him but I just wasn’t looking to date right now but I’d accept his feelings. He was alright with this and we stopped talking for it for the night. The next day at lunch he had suddenly asked me who told me he liked me. I told him it was the kid who’d asked me to formal. He seemed a little off but said nothing more. Later that night the kid that asked me to formal told me that Joey had got really upset with him. But Joey was confused because he never told this kid he liked me. Later on I found out that Randy had told this kid. Now a couple weeks after this Joey randomly tells me that Randy too likes me and mentioned a particular incident where he’d tried to ask me to formal but didn’t get the nerve. I was shocked but said nothing of it. The last week of school all three of us (me, Joey and Randy) we’re hanging out. And… They both just casually started discussing their feelings for me and how long they’ve liked me while I was right there. I was a little freaked out but played it off. Now the three of us all text, call and hangout quite regularly. I know for a fact they both have feelings for me. They sometimes will even speak of it on calls. Now, ever since thar kid first told me about Joey liking me, I’ve started developing feelings for him. At first I was confused as I’ve never really had a crush or even dated someone before. Both boys have been in several relationships though. Now I haven’t told anyone my feelings for Joey. I kinda feel bad for liking him because of Randy since Randy likes me as well. Although I kinda have been giving Joey hints I like him and even suggested I’d date him without directly saying if. I don’t think he got it though. Now my problem is that I don’t know what to do. I really like Joey and talking to him and I can tell he really likes me as well. But I also know Randy really likes me as well. Randy has been know to get really upset when it comes to relationships and if I admit to Joey my feelings for him then I’m worried Randy will get angry and it’ll ruin their friendship. I’d feel horrible for that as they’re best friends and have known each other since kindergarten. Also I would feel awful if me and Joey started dating, and Randy would always have to see us together. Randy is sweet but I just don’t like him. But with Joey I really do and like I’ve said he literally is the first person I’ve ever had romantic feelings for. What should I do? I don’t know if I should admit me feelings to Joey or just say nothing so it doesn’t hurt Randy. Me and Joey are going to the fair this weekend and if I ever will admit me feelings fir him then it’d be then. But I don’t wanna cause Randy any heartache and I’d just feel absolutely horrible. He’s really fragile and dealt with a bad breakup a couple months ago. What should I do?

    • web admin

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      July 11, 2019 at 3:55 pm

      Both Joey and Randy are interested in maintaining a relationship with you. Their social relationship is based on their history, and it seems like they both are interested in you. It seems that you need to make a decision about what you want for your future. If there is someone in your life that you want to maintain a relationship with, then speak with that person about your thoughts and feelings. If you don’t want to nourish a romantic relationship with anyone, then simply maintain friendships with those in your life. Have a great day, Anon!

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    July 2, 2019 at 1:01 am

    So there’s this girl who knows I like her even though she’s told me in the past that her sexuality is strictly straight & was a friend of mine until I had a long conversation with her one night.. I told her I knew what thing she was hiding which was her being confused on liking girls & admitted she is but then a couple of days went by, our out of nowhere she tells me she can’t have me in her life physically & mentally so I backed off to be respectful. BUT then she Dm’s me saying why I haven’t looked at her posts lately & told her I thought she wanted me out of her life. She tells me she strictly likes males only & at this point I honestly only wanted to help as a friend to figure out her sexuality because I knew deep down she’s in denial & not being honest with herself. I then told her goodbye since she never answered why she cared if out of everyone she follows on social media, she told me specifically why I hadn’t been in some sort of contact with her. I never block anyone on social media but I had to with her because I’m hoping she realizes what real friend I have treated her like & did everything to help her through the mental breakdowns, honest advice, & actually cared for her physical health as well but I don’t know how to feel at the moment. Sometimes I feel like calling her & most of the time I remind myself she needs to save herself from starting to be honest for once. Am I in the wrong of blocking her on social media? I don’t have her blocked on my phone just in case she actually realizes her actions but she’s sooo stubborn.

    • web admin

      web admin

      July 2, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      It sounds as though she was reaching out to you and wanted you to look at her posts. This was an indication that she was attracted to you in some manner. You made the decision to block her. This does not seem to be what she wanted, but it is the decision that you made. Allow thoughts of her to fade, and focus your emotional energy elsewhere. If she reaches out to you in the future, then speak with her about your thoughts and feelings at that time. Have a great day, Anon!

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