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


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


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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    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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      web admin

      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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    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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    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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      web admin

      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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        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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    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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      web admin

      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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        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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          web admin

          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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    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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      web admin

      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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