What a Guy Really Means When He Calls You Cute, Sexy or Beautiful

By on January 30, 2017

Getting a compliment feels great. We love hearing that someone else thinks we’re great and it’s a huge confidence boost. But how do we know someone is genuine about what they’re saying? How do we know what men really mean when they call us cute, sexy, or beautiful?

Are they being genuine about the compliment or is there a deeper meaning behind their kind words? It can be a pain in the butt trying to decipher what it all means on your own. You may even enlist some of your closest girl friends to decipher just what his words means.

The truth is that it’s nearly impossible to tell what someone really means. However, there are clues they give you that can hint at what they’re really trying to say. If you want to know what men really mean when they call you cute, sexy, or beautiful, this is it.

When He Calls You Cute

As much as we’d all like to believe that those three words mean the same thing, they don’t. Here’s what a guy means when he calls you cute.

  1. You’re dainty/ladylike.

A lot of us girls don’t like the term “cute” because we think it means we look like a child. But in reality, it could mean a guy thinks we look dainty, small, or ladylike. Cute is not a bad thing. If a guy calls you cute, it means you look cuddleable.

  1. You’re reserved.

Shy girls are often referred to as cute by a guy. The way you look away and seem reserved makes a guy think of you as younger and that often means cute. If he calls you this, it could mean he just think you’re the soft, quiet type.

  1. You’re youthful-looking.

Obviously, some girls look much younger than they actually are. I, for one, have always looked very young. I’m 22 years old and some people think I’m 16. Therefore, I’m called “cute” a lot. It’s never a bad thing and you’ll come to enjoy this term the older you get.

When He Calls You Sexy

I think most women want to be called this word. But do we actually know what it means when a guy tells us we’re sexy? Here’s what he actually means.

  1. You have a presence.

When a guy calls you sexy, it can mean that he immediately noticed you in a room full of other people. You have something about you that just makes you noticeable above everyone else. This is extremely sexy to some guys and often a good thing. If you have a presence, you can command a room.

  1. You’re lustful.

If you have a lustful appearance, guys are going to refer to you as sexy. This means you have the body type that’s typically seen as sexy. You have the big breasts, the wide hips, the full lips, and all of that stuff that makes men think about sex when looking at you.

  1. You drip sex appeal.

Being lustful and dripping sex appeal are not the same. Sex appeal has more to do with your body language than with your looks. A girl with no boobs or hips can still be sexy as hell if she’s demanding and holds herself in just the right way. Don’t take this as a bad thing because it’s great.


When He Calls You Beautiful

This word is the holy grail when it comes to what women want to hear. We turn to mush at the sound of it. If a guy calls you beautiful, this is what he means.

  1. He’s referring to a much deeper attraction.

When a guy calls you beautiful, he’s not just talking about your looks. He’s also referring to your personality and who you really are. Guys don’t just blurt out this word as easily as they do “hot” or “sexy”. They mean a lot more about who you are as a person when they call you beautiful.

  1. You’re all of the above.

Being beautiful is kind of like a catch all term. It means you’re cute, sexy, hot, gorgeous, and everything else. It’s the word that’s used to describe an all around amazing person – both inside and out. It’s a huge – and genuine – compliment if a guy calls you beautiful.

  1. You’re easily attractive.

Meaning, you don’t need a lot of makeup and hair product to look great. If a guy calls you beautiful, he’s probably noticing how little effort it takes for you to look attractive. You’re the simple kind of pretty.

Trying to figure out the inner-workings of the male brain is not an easy thing to do. But with some practice and the right tips, you’ll be able to tell what he really means the next time he calls you cute, sexy, or beautiful.


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    May 21, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    I have this friend who I recently hooked up with after we lost contact…we have been chatting for a while now..he asked about my relationship status..he also was willing to help me..he said he has truth n love for me..he thinks that I’m sexy n he also calls me sweetheart..I am getting mixed feelings about his words as I don’t know exactly what he wants from me

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      May 23, 2020 at 2:34 am

      Pls my comment hasn’t been answered

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        May 27, 2020 at 6:13 am

        Pls my comment hasn’t been answered

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    December 16, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    A guy friend called me beautiful and I asked him what he mean`t by that. I asked him if I was pretty but he said isn`t pretty and beautiful both mean in a different way. Then later on I found out that he really likes me and wanted to hold me close but I kinda refused him but he`s still a friend still to this day.

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 5, 2020 at 10:28 am

      He was clearly attracted to you in the past, and it is likely that he still has similar feelings. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship, and take appropriate action.

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    valare hamilton

    May 23, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    I personally think that it’s in the eye of the beholder. I’ve been called cute and sexy. It’s also possible that a woman can hold a number of the adjectives….

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 23, 2017 at 5:15 pm

      You are right about that. Everyone is different, so there can always be a subtext or alternative meaning to what they say. Great insight! Thanks for commenting, Valare Hamilton!

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    Da Lona Foeva

    May 19, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    While travelling on the bus a guy I like called me cute and called the other girl sitting next to me beautiful. Heartbreak immediately after knowing the fact behind the names. That means I’m sidelined officially.

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 20, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      He might not have read much into what he is saying, although the descriptions in the article may hold true. Often, people like to date and marry the cute girls, so don’t lose hope yet!

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    February 21, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    My old boyfriend use to call me those all the time and I wish we wouldn’t have broke up.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 22, 2017 at 10:05 am

      Thank you for sharing your experiences. Please feel free to share any insights or thoughts that you may have with our community. Have a great day, Lauren!

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    February 21, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    My old boyfriend use to always call me these things and he said he loved me all the time and I wish we wouldn’t have broke up. 🙁

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      web admin

      February 22, 2017 at 10:04 am

      Thank you for sharing your experiences. Please feel free to share any insights or thoughts that you may have with our community. Have a great day, Lauren!

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