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. woah

    September 27, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    I used to do every hug to my ex, loved her so dearly it killed me when we split. And she split cuz she “wanted a religious Bf”. Wish I can hug and love her like I once did…

    • web admin

      web admin

      September 28, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      She has spoken with you about her feelings. She is unable to continue to develop a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. You will find that new opportunities will become available to you. Allow this person to fade from your life. Have a great day, Woah!

  2. Bill.

    September 3, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    There was this person, in whom we were just acquaintances, and we hadn’t seen each other for a week only. But for some reason, Sarah was extra excited to see me, and gave me 2 or 3 quick hugs. At the moment, I didn’t think too much about it; but I remember saying to her that I was really glad to see her, and she said the same to me. We went for a little drive, and I took her home. She gave me a quick hug, and I offered to give her another hug–because being in a car is very difficult, so I gave her this hug, and it felt amazing, with a little “squeeze” from me to her, and she did the same back to me. We departed, and didn’t say anything. I was so sad that I hadn’t seen her, and because we had only acquainted another time before, I never got her number. But, I offered her mine. Yet, she never called or texted me. Feelings of real sadness because I really wanted to talk to her, but only knew where she lived…It’s been a month now, and starting to feel like I should give up. What something I never thought was going to happen, did. And, longing to see her again, really drove me up the wall. But I didn’t want to stalk her. I guess I should just let it go.

    • web admin

      web admin

      September 4, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      You can always treat this person with kindness and compassion. There is no reason to attempt to develop a relationship with her at this time. If you do see her, then try to spend additional time with her. When the two of you are more comfortable together, then speak directly and honestly with her about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Bill!

  3. Jane

    August 27, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    I met a guy, at first we were just talking about business coz I sold chocolate. Then in just few days texting, we kind of had something but I’m not too sure. Now, it had been two months and we seems to be so close. One day, I was teasing him to give me a hug. Usually he would say ‘too far, can’t reach you’ but today , he says ‘wait till I’m near you , I’ll hug you’. That’s the very first time he says he’ll hug me. What does that mean, really? Sometimes I just don’t understand what our relationship is. Friends or more than that? And does he really wants to hug me?

    • web admin

      web admin

      August 28, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      It is possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. He may feel more comfortable with his idea of what your feelings toward him are. If you want to nourish your relationship, then attempt to spend additional time with him. Take this time to determine if you want to establish a relationship with him. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Jane!

  4. issis

    August 26, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    theres this guy i really like. i hug him a lot and he gives great hugs but he is a genually nice person but when he hugs me it just puts me in a great mood. sometimes he will slighty pull me closer into the hug and he wont let go that quickly and we dont talk all the time but on occasion we do and i dont know how to feel about this.

    • web admin

      web admin

      August 27, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      It is possible that the is interested in developing a relationship with you. He may have a strong emotional attachment for you. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. If you want to develop a relationship with him, then speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him a chance to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Issis!

  5. Cassie

    August 23, 2017 at 1:41 am

    So… recently a family member of mine passed… and he kinda knew that I felt down about it, I’m guessing… the next time he saw me he had hugged me really tight and even kissed the top of my head… I’m not sure if this is because he likes me, as he had broken up with his girlfriend not long ago and claims to not be over her. Is this hug just a show of affection as friends or is there something more? Maybe I’m reading too much into the whole thing, but I’ve only ever seen him hug his ex gf… At this point I’m so very confused!!?

    • web admin

      web admin

      August 23, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      It sounds as though this person cares for you. He may have a strong emotional connection with you. He may want to develop a relationship with you. Take this time to determine if you are interested in developing a relationship with him. If you do, then speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Cassie!

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