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!


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    Camille A Duncan

    November 4, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    For one of my colleagues that I like, I noticed that he gives me full arm hugs and they last a long time while for some other girl friends he gives them side hugs, today though he gave me a side hug because as he said he was busy and I understood cause he had his computer. Last week after we hugged, he kept his arm around my shoulder I don’t know what it means I think he likes me back but that side hug today is telling me that he’s lost interest and I’m not sure

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      February 17, 2020 at 9:06 pm

      I think the side hug today was just because he was busy and you shouldn’t read too much into it. Judging by the rest of his behavior, it definitely sounds like he likes you. He either likes you or thinks of you as a really good friend, so you’re definitely headed in the right direction.

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    November 2, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    My guy friend that I think I have a crush on always hugs me with both his arms around my shoulders and it’s for a very long time and not a quick hug I always hug him when I arrive or when I leave and both times they’re long hugs I noticed that with other friends that are girls he gives them a side hug I remember one time after we hugged and started talking to a friends there he kept his hand on my shoulder another time he held my arms afterwards and talked for a little bit and I don’t know if that means he’s interested and it’s all confusing

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      web admin

      February 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm

      His behaviors are indications that he is interested in maintaining a relationship with you. It is clear that the two of you feel a strong connection with each other. Make a decision about what you feel is appropriate for the future, and speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Nourish your relationship by spending additional time together in person.

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    October 14, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    My bf of over a year broke up with me two weeks ago. Everything seemed to have been going well and months earlier we would talk about our future, how to save for a future home, kids. Then out of the blues I came over one day and he said he didn’t see a future with me anymore..no marriage, no kids, etc. Came over a week later to try to see if there was an underlying reason for why we broke up, to see if it the relationship could be fixed. He said it’s been 2-3 months since he’s felt like that and have been putting in all his efforts into try to make it work. However, no matter how hard he tried, he ended up feeling the same. He said he truly wanted me to be the one and thought that for once if he put extra effort into a relationship that it would work out, but in the end it didn’t. I accepted it and knew it was over. Anyhow, I finally decided to return his belongings the following week. I had some lingering questions to ask, but he seemed a bit frustrated with himself knowing that he broke my heart. It seemed like he didn’t want to opened up his emotions again and didn’t want to show that he’s still hurting as well. Anyhow before I left, we both gave each other a very long and tight hug. Even though it lasted only minutes, it felt extremely long and as if we both didn’t want to let go. Once we did let go, we went back for another long hug. I finally said goodbye and left. This last hug, it was sad but seemed meaningful. I can tell that we both still cared and loved each other deeply, and knew that it would be the last hug or last time that we will see each once we let go. Is that a good way of interpreting this hug?

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      web admin

      April 2, 2020 at 9:06 pm

      There may be various reasons for this hug. It is possible that he was filled with regret. He may have been thinking about his desires. If the two of you are no longer speaking, then allow thoughts of him to fade. If he reaches out to you in the future, then speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. For now, take this time to consider what it is that you want for the future.

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    September 23, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    My professor was helping me with a project. At one point he came around from the side of his desk and stood over me, staring down at me. (I noticed that he puffed his chest up.) I was looking back at him and he then hugged me without warning! What does that mean? Is he flirting with me? Is that inappropriate? Obviously we aren’t allowed to date and even worse, he is married! But he has helped me a lot

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      September 23, 2019 at 6:38 pm

      PS. This is a duplicate comment, I am sorry. I didn’t see the other one here awaiting moderation. I used a fake name so no one recognizes me. Please feel free to delete the duplicate comment 🙂

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        web admin

        December 24, 2019 at 11:20 am

        Understood–don’t worry, no one will be able to figure out who you are by just a first name. Good luck!

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      web admin

      December 24, 2019 at 11:20 am

      He may just feel like you needed a hug, although it does sound extremely inappropriate. A good question is to ask how you felt when he gave you a hug. If you felt uncomfortable or awkward, then listen to those feelings. If it were me, I would avoid being alone with him because it sounds like he may be attracted to you on some level. It’d be better to just avoid being in a situation where you may have to reject him or report him to the administration–or worry about getting a bad grade for doing either thing.

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    September 23, 2019 at 8:30 am

    My professor was helping me with something. At one point he stood in front of me (I was sitting), puffed up his chest and stared down at me for several seconds. Then he hugged me without any warning. Obviously we are not supposed to date! Does he have the hots for me? He has helped me a lot. But…he is married.

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      web admin

      December 24, 2019 at 10:43 am

      There may be various reasons for his decision to hug you, though it seems that you feel that his behaviors were indicative of his emotions feelings toward you. This is inappropriate in regards to your academic career and his emotional relationship. Abstain from nourishing this relationship. Since you are his student, simply do your work and seek to gain the knowledge that you are learning. When you leave his class, you may want to avoid taking his courses in the future.

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    September 5, 2019 at 5:28 am

    My ex boyfriend and I had been together for almost a year, it was our 1 year anniversary next month. He lived with me for 6 months and moved out to be back with his family. We did everything together, everybody thought that we were the cutest couple. Unfortunately, he’s moving away and it would’ve been hard to see me, he was acting distant which he said he shouldn’t have. And he had hurt my feelings last weekend. When he hugged me, it seemed so genuine, like he missed me, he held on tight and squeezed and kept hugging me but after he left (which hurt my feelings after i hadn’t seen him for 3 weeks) he broke up with me. I’m very confused, if he still loves me but needs to have a life on his own.

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      web admin

      September 6, 2019 at 8:25 pm

      The two of you once maintained a strong social and emotional relationship with each other. He then made the decision to leave your house and move back in with his family. After that, he chose to end your relationship. He is no longer interested in maintaining this relationship, so determine what you want for your future without him. Focus your emotional energy elsewhere, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Raine!

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    July 12, 2019 at 12:56 am

    We are friends for a long time. We went out one night with our friends. I was drunk he’s abit tipsu but managable. At the bar he keeps on hugging me from behind and keeps on checking me if im still ok then he’ll hug me face to face. Then the night was over we went to his apartment. Then while we were laying in bed he suddenly spoke and asked me to laydown propely then he hugged me right away the hug was so tight and there is this instance that my face was on his neck already and he keeps on pulling my face up to face him. Just wanted to know if his hugs has something to tell or anything. Thank you

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      web admin

      July 12, 2019 at 4:53 pm

      His behaviors are clear indications that he is attracted to you. It is likely that he wants to maintain a relationship with you. You should make a decision about what you want for the future of this relationship. You will want to speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Gia!

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    May 28, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    He plays in a band and and he’s happy to always have flirty girls around him.
    Today I was at a concert of his band with some friends, we are from kind of the same company, and he said ”Hello!” very politely, without any special physical contact, then I saw that in hall was a girl I see often around him – she might be a girlfriend or something.
    After the concert I went backstage and gave to him and other members of the band a small present I had from before – one to every person. We were 5 people, only me and them. He gave me two or three not so quick hugs and thanked me few times.
    He actually always hugs me first when there are no other women around.
    It feels a little bit b-polar, what these hugs mean?

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      web admin

      May 28, 2019 at 8:08 pm

      He is not likely bipolar. Mental conditions are serious. It is likely that he cares for you. By the sound of it, he shares a strong connection with you. He may be in a relationship at this time, so determine what you believe the status of his relationship is. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with him at all times. If his relationship ends and he reaches out to you in the future, then speak with him about your thoughts and feelings at that time. Have a great day, Fifi!

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        May 29, 2019 at 3:16 am

        Thank you for your time! Have a great day too!

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