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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!

    570 Comments

    1. Tracey

      June 14, 2018 at 1:51 am

      If a boy hugs you for the first time and you two are not really that close but you know him what does his hug means

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        web admin

        June 14, 2018 at 8:18 pm

        His behaviors are indications that he feels a strong connection with you. It is possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. When you left him after the hug, he may have become confused or uncertain. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Tracey!

    2. Tracey

      June 14, 2018 at 1:45 am

      Hi well there was a boy and i used to have a crush on him, but i try to get rid of it and i did 😁 and today coming out of class we saw each other and he was walking towards me so i made a way for him to pass but instead of him passing me he came to me, open his arms slowly and hugged me slowly i was shocked cause that the first time he hugged me, but then i hug him back and gave him a tap on the shower saying ok, then he let go and i walked away without looking at him cause i was too shy, just wanna get away.

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        web admin

        June 14, 2018 at 8:14 pm

        His behaviors are indications that he feels a strong connection with you. It is possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. When you left him after the hug, he may have become confused or uncertain. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Tracey!

    3. Xali

      June 12, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      So I have this guy friend, who is actually one of my best friends. Two years ago I developed a crush on him but I have been trying to get rid of the crush. I keep saying I’m over the crush, but every time I see him, he does something that brings the feelings back: a lot of hugging. Quite recently we were hanging out with a group of friends and I was standing by myself just chilling. He came over and put out his arms for a hug. When I just smiled at him he wrapped me up in a tight hug and laid his head on my shoulder. I hugged him back for a few seconds until my other best friend, who’s a girl, came over. He quickly let go and just stood by me after then. When it was time for the group to disperse he was the one who gave me the longest and tightest hug. So what does this mean? Am I still in the wrong for returning to crushing on him every time he hugs me?

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        June 13, 2018 at 11:00 pm

        It is certainly possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. His hugs are indications that he feels an emotional and social connection with you. Determine what you want for the future of your relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Spend additional time with him, as this will strengthen your relationship. Have a great day, Xali!

    4. Robyn Thomas

      June 12, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      I had a crush on a guy back in 2005. We flirted but nothing ever happened. I got married in 2010. I found out last year after leaving my husband that our crush was mutual but he was shy. When ever he saw me he would give me the one armed since hug. Now he holds it. Once he rested his head on my head for a second or two. I saw him last week. He hugged me and held it when he first saw me. We chatted a little and when departing he hugged me and held it.

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        web admin

        June 13, 2018 at 10:48 pm

        The two of you are no longer in relationships with other people. It is clear that you share a strong emotional and social connection. The two of you have history. His behaviors are indications that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. Determine what you want for this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. It is likely that he will want to develop a relationship with you. Have a great day, Robyn!

    5. Kim

      June 11, 2018 at 6:30 pm

      A guy I am head over heals for, never told him but I am sure he suspects I am. I know he has been watching me on social media because he commented about my actives of late. We met up last week after not seeing him for 2 years and just talked for an hour. We were going our own ways we stood up and he just grabbed me and had to bend down, he wrapped his arms around me and hugged me for about 30 seconds, not tight, in turn wrapped my arms around his waist then he lended back and gave me 3 small kisses. I am confused.

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        web admin

        June 11, 2018 at 9:28 pm

        It is possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. He follows your actions on social media, so you are on his mind. Determine what you want for your future. You will find benefit in spending additional time with him in person. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Kim!

    6. SingToMe99

      June 11, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      My guy friend, whom I have a crush on, grabbed me and gave me a hug when I started crying about my sister. He held me and grabbed my head and just held me for a few minutes. He flirts with girls any chance he gets, and he specifically hangs out with this one girl now more often… Does that hug mean anything? Or could it be just because he hangs out with girls so much?

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        web admin

        June 11, 2018 at 9:27 pm

        It is clear that he feels an emotional connection with you. He wants you to feel happy and secure. He may be interested in developing a relationship with you. Since the two of you are not in a relationship, he may also be attempting to nourish other relationships at this time. Determine what your want for the future of this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Sing!

    7. Kat

      June 3, 2018 at 11:47 am

      One guy friend gives me a hug goodbye but other guy friends dont. We are close but I’m not interested, I don’t think he is either but could that be a sign or is it just that he cares about me as my friend.

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        June 3, 2018 at 11:07 pm

        It is possible that his behaviors are signs that he is your friend. It is possible that he is a hugging kind of person, while the other people may not be. You are not interested in developing a romantic relationship with him. Ensure that you continue to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Kat!

    8. Gwen

      June 2, 2018 at 8:35 am

      My best guy friend constantly ask for hugs from me and when I tell him no, he tries to give me one of the quick hugs but when I say yes he wraps his arms around my shoulders/ neck then sways back and forth.

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        web admin

        June 2, 2018 at 8:27 pm

        Your friend is likely interested in nourishing a stronger emotional relationship with you. He certainly feels a strong attachment to you. However, that does not give him the right to touch you without permission, especially after you have told him that you do not want him to hug you. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship and which actions are appropriate. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Gwen!

    9. Anabelle

      May 28, 2018 at 10:37 pm

      My ex used to always pick me up by the waist and then hold me as tight as he could so I used to wonder why

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        May 30, 2018 at 1:01 pm

        This type of hug was an indication of his comfort and emotional connection that he felt for you. It is likely that he was often excited to see you. He was also physically able to pick you up by the waist. Have a great day, Anabelle!

    10. Tamar Kent

      May 26, 2018 at 7:18 pm

      my guy friend sometimes comes and hugs me from behind with his arms around my waist, also he might kiss my neck what does that hug mean. I also wanted to say we are in the 8th grade.

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        web admin

        May 27, 2018 at 11:06 pm

        He feels emotional comfortable with you and may be interested in developing a physical relationship. His behaviors are indications that he is physically attracted to you. Determine what you want for your future. Decide what actions you believe are acceptable. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Tamar!

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