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    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.

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     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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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!

    540 Comments

    1. laura

      April 22, 2018 at 3:47 pm

      when I was in the pool last summer this boy that i have known for 8 years he kept putting his arms around me from behind and wouldnt let go. He would do that the whole entire time we would be in the pool.

      • web admin

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        April 22, 2018 at 11:17 pm

        It is likely that his actions are signs of his desire to develop a physical relationship with you. He likely feels comfortable with you. He may feel an emotional connection with you. Decide what you believe is appropriate for your relationship. Determine what you want for your future. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Laura!

    2. Bronwyn

      April 17, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      I have been broken up with recently because we don’t see eachother as much, he thinks he has been a bad boyfriend and he made promises to be with me forever a a few weeks before we broke up. I notice his playlists have sad love songs about loving a someone forever, i saw him not long ago and he kept looking at me. I’m confused, i think he still may love me but waiting for the right moment to come, what do you think?

      • web admin

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        April 17, 2018 at 11:54 pm

        This relationship has ended. Their may be a variety of reasons for his actions. It is likely that he was confused and uncertain about his feelings. He may feel upset at himself for harming you. He may still feel an emotional connection with you. Decide what you feel is appropriate for this relationship. Either allow him to fade from your life or speak with him. Have a great day, Bronwyn!

        • Bronwyn

          April 19, 2018 at 4:05 pm

          I spoke to him, i found out he’s going through a hard time. He said “I’ll always be here for you, whenever you need” and i said the same to him in return.

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            April 19, 2018 at 9:54 pm

            The two of you have shared an emotional agreement. Continue to share your kindness and compassion with him at all times. In time, he may feel more comfortable and secure with his feelings. If he reaches out to you, speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Bronwyn!

    3. Emma

      April 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      Hi
      I have a friend -who I hug at least once everyday- who when they hug me tends to grab my head with his hand and pull it closer to him. When we hug i put my arms under his arms as well and usually rub his back a little. I don’t want to assume he started to get feelings because he’s been talking to someone else for a while and shows little interest in me But I was curious and wanted to know if it meant something.

      • web admin

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        April 17, 2018 at 11:51 pm

        It is likely that he feels a strong social and emotional connection with you. He may be interested in developing a relationship with you or someone else. He may be confused or certain about your feelings toward him. It sounds as though you feel a connection with him as well. Decide what you want for this relationship and attempt to spend time with him. Have a great day, Emma!

        • Emma

          April 18, 2018 at 1:31 pm

          Thank you!!!
          That made me way less confused
          😁

    4. nicole

      April 13, 2018 at 11:27 pm

      hi um there’s this guy that i really like and i’m pretty sure he’s into me too and whenever i hug him he tries to so for an one arm over top the under under if you know what i mean and idk what to think of it. whenever he’s around me he smiles all the time and i always go for the classic girl puts both arms over guys cus that’s just how i like to hug but tbh idk i might be over thinking it :/

      • web admin

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        April 14, 2018 at 9:00 pm

        It is possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. There may be a variety of reasons for his actions. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Decide what actions you believe are appropriate. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Nicole!

    5. Maya

      April 3, 2018 at 3:31 am

      Hi. There is this guy who I used to have a brother and sister relationship, but now we are grown up and we hardly see each other. Once, in a family gathering, we saw each other and he smiled and gave me an unexpected tight hug. From there, I begin to have a small crush on him. But then after a while, my feelings towards him have grown a lot more. I’m not sure if he feels the same. What does this mean?

      • web admin

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        April 3, 2018 at 9:51 pm

        It is certainly possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. The two of you feel a strong emotional connection together. Your relationship would likely be strong and supportive. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Maya!

        • maya

          April 4, 2018 at 1:18 am

          He did it in front of everyone. Everyone thinks that it’s a sibling hug but we never hugged before. There was also a time in 2017 that i was looking for his sister and i looked everywhere. I went to one of the rooms downstairs and i didn’t expect to see him. We both saw each other and looked in a long stare. My mom told me that he gave out a little giggle during that time. Still, we didn’t talk and we also had our moms talking to each other about things.

          • web admin

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            April 4, 2018 at 4:50 pm

            This hug may be a reflection of your emotional connection with this person. The fact that it was n public is a sign of your closeness. Allow this event to influence you to determine what you want for your future. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Maya!

    6. maya

      April 3, 2018 at 2:21 am

      Hi. There’s this guy who we used to have a brother and sister relationship. But we hardly see each other. We are now grown up. We saw each other in a family gathering. We rarely talk. He smiled and unexpectedly gave me a tight hug that left me thinking. It started off as a crush but now i think about him a lot even though i shouldn’t. What if he doesn’t feel the same way? What does this mean? He is two years younger than me.

      • web admin

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        April 3, 2018 at 9:43 pm

        It is certainly possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. The two of you feel a strong emotional connection together. Your relationship would likely be strong and supportive. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Maya!

    7. Jae Williams

      March 22, 2018 at 9:02 am

      I’m friends with this guy and we’ve hugged before normally quick hugs of side hugs.one day out of the blue he hooked his arm around my shoulder (mind you this is a day in which he’s hugged me multiple times) on another day I went it for a quick shoulder hug and then he told me that he wanted a “real hug” so I put my bags down and gave Him another hug. And two days later I hug him let go and then he hugs me again and squeezes me really tight with his arms around my waist . What does all of this mean?

      • web admin

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        March 22, 2018 at 8:27 pm

        It is certainly possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. It is clear that the two of you share an emotional connection. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Jae!

    8. Cheryl

      March 19, 2018 at 6:41 am

      I told my co worker that I can’t drink anymore soda’s. So later on i standing in front of the soda machine with my hands in my back pockets and he came in front of me and put both hands around my waist. I told him that was a intimate hug and I walked away. After that he kind of distant him from me but every time I turn around I catch him watching me. He referred to me as a diva.I don’t know how to take him.

      • web admin

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        March 19, 2018 at 9:34 pm

        He is interested in developing a relationship with you. He is confused or uncertain about your feelings toward him. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Cheryl!

      • Cheryl

        March 21, 2018 at 11:21 am

        Thank you for responding. The guy that I’m talking about is extremely younger than me. The attraction is there But it’s a big age difference. But since that hug he just put his arm across my back and then he gently rubs my back. Smh…have a great day

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          March 21, 2018 at 3:52 pm

          Do not allow social concepts prevent you from establishing a relationship. As long as the age difference between you is not prohibited by law, then determine what you want for your future. Take appropriate action. Have a great day, Cheryl!

    9. Chryssy

      March 17, 2018 at 7:31 pm

      I been playing a cat n mouse game with a guy who a mutual friend introduced us to.
      He has had some personal family things going on. Father passed away . fighting with siblings over the estate. So we have not seen each other for a while .. The time before this last time. He calls me says he is on his way home. His dad wasn’t feeling well but he wanted to at least see my face. Wow ..what ? Yeah shocked me too .. Lol
      Severalal months had gone by he lost his dad …all that stuff . but last weekend our mutual friend and my sister were in town so the 4 of us went out.long story short. He didn’t stay long .he told me he is selling his house and plans to look for a place in the same town i live in . .he and i played darts. But when he was leaving he walked around the table to hug me. I feel like a moron i kissed him on his shoulder.. He kissed me on the top of my head. Yet .. I have not heard word one from him our friend and my sister both went back to Chicago.. And now i have to wonder is it all wishful thinking or could this guy really like me .. Our friend says he is shy .. He knows where my house is … So my question is with him walking around the table to hug me. It was a soft loving type hug. Is that a good sign? We are both older but still young enough to have fun .. Not dated or anything for years.both have had our hearts broken.. Just looking for opinions?

      • web admin

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        March 17, 2018 at 11:30 pm

        It is certainly possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. It is clear that you share a strong emotional connection with each other. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Chryssy!

    10. Jackee

      March 12, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      I have been friends with a guy for over 5 years. In the past few weeks,we have gotten closer, because I started attending his church. I care deeply for him, and I believe he does for me as well. He drives me home after services, and stops in for a few minutes. Anyway, we had a talk about my past relationship, among other things. On his way out, I asked him jokingly if he wanted the handshake or the side hug ( referring to church), he said, Neither”, and wrapped his arms around my waist. I stood on my tiptoes, and wrapped my arms around his neck. we stood like that for what seemed like an eternity, and he gave me a tight hug before letting me go. What does this mean? He’s currently having problems with his female companion. If he wants me, it’s all or nothing at all. How do I decipher all of this?

      • web admin

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        March 12, 2018 at 6:38 pm

        This was a reflection of your strong emotional connection with each other. Do not attempt to nourish a romantic relationship with him. Continue to share your kindness and compassion with him. If his relationship naturally ends, then speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Jackee!

        • Jackee

          March 12, 2018 at 7:07 pm

          Those were my thoughts, although I’ve been tempted to be the ‘side chick’. I’ll see if the relationship dies a natural death. I’ll be there for him as a friend, and confidante, no matter what. And, yes, there will be more hugs!

          • web admin

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            March 13, 2018 at 3:15 pm

            Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Jackee!

    11. Jackee

      March 12, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      I received a hug from someone I consider a very close friend, although I know we’re attracted to each other. Well, yesterday, he wrapped his arms arms around my waist, I stood on tip toes, and wrapped my arms around his neck. It seemed like an eternity that we stood there, embracing each other, and he gave me a tight squeeze before letting go, like he didn’t want to let go. It didn’t feel sexual, it just felt Right. Problem is, he’s got a long time girlfriend with whom he’s having problems with, and I want all or nothing at all. What did that hug mean, and where is his head at. We’ve been friends for over 5 years.

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        web admin

        March 12, 2018 at 6:38 pm

        This was a reflection of your strong emotional connection with each other. Do not attempt to nourish a romantic relationship with him. Continue to share your kindness and compassion with him. If his relationship naturally ends, then speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Jackee!

    12. Rylie

      March 7, 2018 at 4:51 pm

      I walk home with this guy and he hugged me, he was very close and had his hands on my waist and then he pulled back but didn’t break the hug and then he kissed me. Does that mean anything?

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        March 7, 2018 at 5:36 pm

        It is clear that this person feels a strong emotional connection with you. He may want to develop a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Rylie!

        • Rylie

          March 12, 2018 at 4:04 pm

          Ever since that day, he hasn’t talked to me, he hasn’t walked home or messaged me. He said he doesn’t want to date me, i’m really confused

      • Veronica

        March 8, 2018 at 4:55 am

        Well there is this guy I used to like but I don’t like anymore because of something he did. Yesterday I was ignoring him and he noticed so he came up to me and hugged me from behind and he said he wasn’t gonna let go until I forgive him. He is really taller than me so eventually I gave up and forgave him and one of my friends saw and she said he liked me a lot but idk if he does. What does a hug like that mean?

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          March 8, 2018 at 9:53 pm

          You do not need to forgive him. He has tricked you into forgiving him. Take this time to determine your thoughts and feelings. Decide if his actions are acceptable. It is possible that he wants to develop a relationship with you. Determine what you want for your future. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Veronica!

    13. Rylie

      March 7, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      This guy walks me home and he hugged me goodbye and it was really close and he had his hands on my hip, we pulled away but we were still in the hug and he kissed me. Does this mean anything?

      • web admin

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        March 7, 2018 at 5:35 pm

        Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings. Please feel free to share more of your insights and experiences in the future. Have a great day, Rylie!

    14. Chonique

      March 6, 2018 at 10:34 am

      My ex and I are still very close friends. The last time we hugged,he playfully squeezed my side. He’s only done that when we were dating & that’s been over 12 years ago. We’ve kissed here & there over the years, & we were each other’s first love. What did he meant by squeezing my side after we hugged?

      • web admin

        web admin

        March 6, 2018 at 9:04 pm

        It is certainly possible that he remembers his strong emotional connection with you. He may be interested in nourishing a relationship with you. The two of you continue to share time together, and this may cause the two of you to rekindle old feelings. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Chonique!

    15. Rebanie

      March 4, 2018 at 8:14 pm

      I have a priest friend who hugs me tightly every time we meet and before I leave and I get a kiss on my forehead every time he does that. Can it mean anything?

      • web admin

        web admin

        March 5, 2018 at 2:08 pm

        It is possible that he is acting in a manner that his training allows him to act. His kisses may be a sign of a close emotional bond. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Rebanie!

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