What Does it Mean When a Guy Calls You ‘Babe’?

By on May 1, 2016

We all like to sit and believe that when a guy says something, he means just that. But most of us are severely wrong about the truth behind their words. Just like when a girl says she’s “fine” she really means something completely different, men have codes for what they mean when they call you certain things.

The phrase babe can mean a number of different things depending on where you stand with a guy. Not only do you have to take your relationship with the guy into consideration, but you also have to know his personality and how he interacts with other people, too.

Since everyone is different and, unless you ask them directly, it’s nearly impossible to tell what they mean by a specific word. However, guys are a lot alike. That being said, when a guy call you babe, he probably means one or more of these 10 things.

  1. He thinks you’re attractive

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The first thing I think of when a guy calls me babe is that he think I’m attractive. I bet you’ve heard someone say, “Wow, she’s a babe!” before. Basically, this means that you’re attractive to them. This is especially true if you don’t know them very well and they’re just addressing you in some way. ‘Babe’ is a very common word for people to call someone that they think is hot, cute, or sexy. So if you’ve got someone calling you babe, check to see if they check you out often – because they probably are.

  1. It’s a pet name he calls a lot of people

Another thing to take into consideration is the one actually using the word, ‘babe’. I know a few guys that are just very affectionate with every girl they know – they even call their sisters babe! This doesn’t have so much to do with them liking you or thinking you’re attractive as it does the way they were raised. Some people just tend to use this word when referring to a girl in general because it’s polite and even considered chivalrous in some places. So if you notice him using this word an awful lot, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a player. It could mean he’s being polite.

  1. He’s feeling affectionate

All in all, the word ‘babe’ is one that’s used affectionately most of the time. The actual definition of ‘babe’ is an affectionate form of address, typically for someone with whom one has a sexual or romantic relationship. So if you’re hearing this word come from someone that you are involved with or even from someone who you thought was just a friend, it’s more likely being used in an affectionate way. It’s kind of like he’s saying you’re his with just that single word.

  1. He’s gauging your interest

The first time someone calls you a pet name like ‘babe’ can be a big milestone. If he’s calling you this word, it could be because he’s trying to figure out if you like him just like he likes you. One way to tell for sure if he’s gauging your interest with this word is to respond in a positive way or even call him babe! Then, if he starts showing more affection, calling you ‘babe’ more, or even being more physical with you (hugs, holding your hand, etc.) then it’s a sure sign that calling you ‘babe’ was gauging your interest.

  1. He’s trying to flirt with you

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Guys are weird. I think you’ll agree with that much. When a guy starts calling you babe when the two of you are talking, it could be his way of trying to flirt. This word is typically used when flirting because it probably makes you blush – something he aims to do. It also is a simple hint that he likes you but he’s too shy to say anything. Basically, if a guy is ‘babe-ing’ you when you’re in a flirtatious setting, he’s only using that as a tool to increase the flirting vibe.

  1. He can’t remember your name

This one you’ll know quite obviously because you’ll more than likely be in bed, at a bar, or a few drinks in – and he’ll conveniently not be using your name for the entirety that you’re around him. Babe is used in place of a woman’s name when men have too many girls in their clutches. They’re afraid they’ll get the names mixed up so instead of calling them the wrong name, he uses an array of pet names – babe being the favorite.

  1. He’s trying to pick you up

Guys who are trying to pick up a girl are going to do all they can to make her feel special. This mean they’re going to want to call her cute pet names that make her think that she’s special to him. Babe is the most common word guys know because it’s simple and doesn’t promise more than a hookup – basically. If you’re out downtown and a guy you don’t know starts dropping ‘babe’ on you, he’s probably just trying to pick you up.

  1. He’s trying to get your attention

How do you feel when a guy calls you babe? Does it make you stop and pay attention to only him since he’s giving you such a cute little pet name? I bet it does and that’s exactly why he’s saying it. Sometimes guys use the word ‘babe’ as a means to get your attention – especially in a group setting or when he feels that your attention has wandered from your conversation with him.

  1. He wants to look cool in front of his friends

This word can also be used sarcastically or in a means to look cool and good in front of his friends. Calling you babe could indicate that you’re his and he wants to make a point to let all his friends know that you are there for him and only him. It also makes him look like a bit of a stud, too.

  1. He wants to date you

If you’ve been talking to this guy for a while and things are going great and you probably want to take the next step in your relationship and actually date him, his calling you ‘babe’ could just mean that he wants to date you. I know that whenever I’ve been into a guy for a while and he pulled out that word, we were dating within about a week.

So, as you can see, it’s more about how the guy acts and where you are when he calls you ‘babe’ that really tells you what he means.

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    Mia

    April 3, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Hey I met this guy 3 days ago but he tends to hide his feelings like he will say he is ok when he is really not,is that a bad sign?

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      April 4, 2020 at 11:53 pm

      It is possible that he is not ready to open up to you. There are many reasons for his behaviors, but you should not take this as a bad sign. However, if you notice other similar behaviors that show you that he may not be willing to open up to you, then you may want to speak with him about your concerns. Show him that you are supportive and kind, and he may become more willing to expose his feelings to you.

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    Mia

    April 3, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    Hi…I just met a guy he calls me babe all the time but it has only been 4 days, he had his heartbroken 3 months ago. I love him but he hides his feelings sometimes do you think we can be something serious?

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      April 4, 2020 at 11:54 pm

      It is possible that there is an opportunity for growth in this relationship. He was recently harmed, so you should remain mindful of his behaviors. You may find that he might become concerned regarding your behaviors, so you should keep in mind that your actions and statements may remind him of his previous relationship. If this occurs, then you should speak with him about your thoughts and feelings at that time.

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    Natalie

    March 14, 2020 at 9:47 am

    My guy friend suddenly calling me babe & saying things like ‘I love you’.. ‘We are lovers’..’You got my heart..’ playfully and it makes me confused but I just ignore him since he love to joking around & love to tease. Is that normal? Because we see each other everyday as a colleague.. And he really enjoy my company.. He will invite me to join him for lunch, dinner after work and movie..

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      March 15, 2020 at 2:29 pm

      His behaviors are indications that he is interested in nourishing a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Nourish your connection by spending additional time together with him in person. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well.

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    Courtney

    January 28, 2020 at 2:04 am

    There is this guy I love and I didn’t think he loved me the way I loved him until he started to call me babe. SO if a guy starts calling you that go talk to him and try if possible talk to each other about the way your feeling and see what he’s feeling as well

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 28, 2020 at 10:05 pm

      It is certain that your insights will support many members of our community!

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    Anonymous

    January 20, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    I’ve been seeing this guy for a few months and we are intimate but he says he doesn’t want a relationship. His priority is work. He always calls me pet names. How can I get him to commit without pressuring him. I really like him, but how do I know he feels the same way. Please help.

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      January 21, 2020 at 6:27 pm

      If he’s not ready to commit to you, he won’t commit. Even if he agrees to commit because of the pressure, it won’t be with his full heart and he’ll just leave when he wants to. He clearly likes you because he has stayed with you, but that doesn’t mean that he is at a place in his life where he can actually commit to anyone. If he doesn’t change his mind on his own, you may also want to start thinking about whether you want to stay in the relationship. Good luck!

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    ivonne

    December 9, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    hi..i just meet a guy on tinder(4 days)..he told me the first day that he thinks i am the real deal…he is in pilot and he is away…he told mebto wait for him…that he thinks iam an amazing person…since yesterday he start calling me babe…you think it could be something serious?

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      January 9, 2020 at 7:29 pm

      It is way too early to tell. Even if he thinks it is something serious, a lot can happen in the first few weeks or months of a relationship. All you can do is keep dating him, and then you can both see where everything goes. Good luck!

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    Bridgette

    November 16, 2019 at 7:19 am

    A guy am seeing but not serious started calling me babe at the beginning,then hun and now calls me dear what does this mean. He also calls the nickname trouble every time we meet up in public.

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      web admin

      February 7, 2020 at 10:29 pm

      His statements are clear indications that he is attracted to you. Take this time to determine whether or not this relationship is something that you want to maintain. Speak with him about what you feel is appropriate. If you want to date this person, then spend additional time with him, if possible.

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    Brandi

    September 16, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    My man is in the army, so I don’t get to see him yet, and we haven’t met yet. He calls me baby, and babe, and hottie and sexy all the time. So does this mean he’s attracted to me?

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      Brandi

      September 16, 2019 at 8:58 pm

      Also he calls me beautiful and gorgeous as well

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        December 20, 2019 at 9:25 pm

        Nice, best of luck in your relationship!

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      web admin

      December 20, 2019 at 9:25 pm

      I think that it is safe to say that he is attracted to you–hottie and sexy are definitely good signs of that. Good luck, Brandi!

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    Dom

    August 21, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Me and this guy have been talking for a while now and he used to call me “baby” “babe” “lover” but now he calls me by my first name what does that mean?

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      August 21, 2019 at 3:46 pm

      The two of you are maintaining a social relationship. His statements are indications that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. It is possible that the name changes may be a sign that his behaviors and thoughts are changing. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Nourish this relationship by sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Dom!

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    Marija

    June 28, 2019 at 1:04 am

    I’m friend with married man. I’m married too. For a year know he calls me by nickname. Only he uses this nickname among our group (he uses it alot). Last week he playfully called me baby and another pet name that I don’t know how to translate to English. Can this be called only friendly or something else?

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      June 28, 2019 at 9:28 pm

      The two of you share a strong social relationship. He may be using those terms to show that he feels close you. It is possible that he is indicating that he is attracted to you. Both of you are married, so do not attempt to nourish a romantic relationship with him. It is perfectly acceptable to continue to maintain a friendship. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, and nourish your relationship with your partner by spending additional time together. Have a great day, Marija!

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    Antoinette A Resilien

    June 27, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    What is that mean, when a guy you like for like a month in half, when he call you babe, love. Is that mean he interested, and he always on WhatsApp did he say that to them.

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      web admin

      June 27, 2019 at 7:50 pm

      His behaviors are indications that he is attracted to you. He likely is interested in maintaining a relationship with you. Make a decision about what you want for the future of this relationship, and speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Antionette!

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    Sandra Ford

    May 20, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Most men that call you babe in first week of dating are just players. I have a name…use it!

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      May 20, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights. We always appreciate when members of our community share their thoughts and feelings. Please share more of your supportive comments in the future. Have a great day, Sandra!

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    Louise

    May 19, 2019 at 3:03 am

    He lives in my room,and he keeps telling me he loves me,he shows interest in wat I do in the day like I do him,we with each other every day and night,we have a laugh,he makes me coffee and dinner,how can I get him to open up

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    Louise

    May 17, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Hi I live in this shared house with this guy,he keeps calling me babe, baby,he also keeps touching places when play fighting, please could you tell me wat this means,I haven’t known him long,he does Kno my name but it is always babe or baby

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      May 18, 2019 at 2:24 pm

      His behaviors and nickname for you are indications that he is interested in nourishing a relationship with you. Make a decision about what you want for your future. Determine if you believe if maintaining a relationship with your roommate would be viable. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Louise!

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        Louise

        May 19, 2019 at 2:29 am

        He lives in my room,and he keeps telling me he loves me,he shows interest in wat I do in the day like I do him,we with each other every day and night,we have a laugh,he makes me coffee and dinner,how can I get him to open up

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          Kaylee

          October 9, 2019 at 6:16 pm

          So a friend and I have been talking more recently and I’m not sure if he feels the same as I do. We’ve known eachother for about a year and a half due to being in high school band and everything has been really normal up until a month ago. Last year we talked and picked on one another but he was interested in other people and so was I; however,sometime after August he started texting me randomly. I didn’t think much of it because he’s my friend but after a week or so of constant talking and joking around I started thinking. I have a lot in common with this guy and I think he’s really interesting (and quite cute but whatever) and I’m just confused on where we stand. We’ve started hanging out and talking more and he constantly asks if I’ll be somewhere,such as if I’ll be attending the movie with his friends and such, and when I tell him I can’t go he gets upset and even asks if he could take me. He’ll send me funny memes he knows I like and we have tons of inside jokes. Even in person he looks me in the eye when speaking and for the past two weeks, especially this week, he has responded positively to my touches. For example,I started playing with his hair and rubbing his back and he just sat there and when I questioned him if I should stop he simply said he enjoyed it. Also yesterday I laid down beside him and he held my knee while I’ll put my arm on him. More recently he’s been calling me nicknames, and even calling me babe. I responded back with honey and he loves it. A while back he hugged me and surprisingly squeezed me, holding me for 30 seconds or so. He’s also been touching my face a lot recently and he’ll gently hit my arm or leg. I just don’t know what this means, hes been so nice lately. He even called me pretty once and i could’ve died. All my friends say we should “get married” and date as a joke, they never stop picking on me and they genuinely think he likes me. I just don’t know and I hope you guys can give me some answers. Thank you so much for reading my rant 😀

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            February 25, 2020 at 1:57 pm

            It is clear that the two of you feel a strong connection. Your friends also seem to feel that this relationship is viable. It is certain that you should take this time to make a decision about what you want for the future. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well.

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    Mellyleon666

    May 12, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Hi, I really need your help, what does it mean when a boy calls you baby, babe, love?
    We have been talking for a while but we don’t live in the same country, How do I know if you likes me? or just using me for sex?
    What does it mean when a guy asks you to wait for him? does that mean he would be mad if I date another guy?

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      May 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm

      His behaviors are indications that he is attracted to you. He may be interested in developing a long term relationship with you. He may want to maintain a physical relationship with you. If someone asks you to wait for them, it means that he is not interested in maintaining a relationship with you at this time. He may be upset if you develop a relationship with someone else, but since he is not focusing his emotional energy on you, you shouldn’t worry about it. Have a great day, Melly!

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        Mellyleon666

        May 18, 2019 at 5:31 am

        Thank you for your advice:) but then what does it mean when he says “love” when texting?

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          May 18, 2019 at 12:18 pm

          Love may mean many things. It is important to understand the context of the sentence where the word appeared. It is possible that he is interested in strengthening your relationship. Nourish your relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Melly!

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            Christabel Imisa

            December 24, 2019 at 10:12 pm

            More time is required for our togetherness please check on me whenever you’re free. We can look for a favorite place to relax and a least have some time to talk our in most thoughts. This may straighten the relationship more and ever lasting.

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              December 27, 2019 at 7:56 pm

              Thank you for sharing your supportive comment. We look forward to hearing more of your thoughts and feelings in the future.

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    Maddie

    May 9, 2019 at 10:05 am

    My friend who is a boy started calling me “babe” as a joke, or so he says. He said he won’t stop in tell I quit playing the game so the rules are I have to call him that too. I am a female (age 12) and I am wondering if he (age 13) is just playing a weird game or has feelings for me.

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      web admin

      May 9, 2019 at 8:28 pm

      His behaviors are indications that he is attracted to you. He is flirting with you and wants you to flirt with him as well. Make a decision about what you want for your future. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Maddie!

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    Victor Afari

    July 31, 2018 at 11:31 am

    My girlfriend has the name ‘babe’with the guy’s picture on her phone and a registered miss call from the guy at 1 am,after midnight. Both of them live in the same house.She claims they are just friends.
    This is very suspicious. These are obvious signs that they are in a secret relationship. However, the guy’s mother told me that my girl is good and that she is social and very friendly with most guys. Do you in anyway suggest or think that they are secret lovers?

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      July 31, 2018 at 10:44 pm

      The name that she uses for this person is babe, and this may be an indication of an attraction. Her mother may be correct, but her mother may also not be aware of her daughters actions. It is possible that she feels a strong connection with this person. Take this time to determine what you believe is happening, and ensure that your conclusion is based on facts. Perhaps speak with her about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Victor!

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