Are you hung up on a guy, but you’re not sure how he feels about you? Yes, some guys are pretty hard to read. But luckily, there are some tell-tale signs he likes you but is hiding it. The trick is knowing what to look for.
Regardless of whether the two of you are in a relationship, or you have feelings for him but aren’t sure how he feels about you, here are 21 signs he likes you but is hiding it!
Signs He Likes You But Is Hiding It: Subtle Hints
1. He Doesn’t Talk About Other Women
When a guy isn’t romantically interested in you, then he won’t worry about what comes out of his mouth when he’s around you. If you have any male friends, you’ve likely had to listen to him talk about his ex-girlfriend from time to time.
Ultimately, when a guy likes you, he will take extra care not to talk about other women when he’s around you. That is most likely because he has feelings for you, and only you.
However, if you’d like to test out this theory, your best bet is to pay attention to what he says when you’re out with a group of friends. Take care to listen in on his conversation when he’s talking to someone else. If he still doesn’t mention other women, you’ve got yourself a keeper!
2. He Wants to Spend His Free Time With You
If he wants to spend all of his free time with you, he’s definitely into you. When a guy isn’t romantically interested, he’ll likely want to spend his time hanging out with his buddies and he won’t even bother calling you. But if you’re the number one person he wants to see, he’ll be the one asking you out and anticipating when he’ll see you next.
Here’s a tip if you know his work schedule — keep track of when he has days off. If he calls you every time he’s off work or as soon as he gets home from his job, he’s crazy about you!
3. He Calls You to Talk About Your Day
Guys aren’t big on talking, so if he calls you just to ask you how your day went, that means he’s really interested in everything about you. Ultimately, that means he’s been thinking about you throughout the day.
And if you’re just friends, take a second to consider how many times a week he calls you for no reason. If the answer is more than four, then perhaps your friend has some romantic feelings for you.
4. He’s Nervous When He’s Around You
When you like someone, it’s normal to get nervous when you’re around them. You’re probably worried about saying or doing the wrong thing, so you’ll come off as shy. Well, this rule applies to both men and women.
Although guys like to act cool, you’ll probably be able to tell whether or not he’s acting a bit more nervous when you’re around. Check out how he behaves when he’s with his friends versus what he’s like when he’s talking to you.
Namely, if he’s into you, he will probably be wondering whether you’re interested in him as well and then his nerves will likely get the better of him. Obviously, not all men will have the same tell, so it’s important to look for things that are out of the ordinary.
For example, if you’ve noticed him tapping his leg when he’s with you, but he doesn’t do that when he’s around other people, that is an obvious sign that he’s nervous around you. Or, maybe he tends to laugh a lot when he’s with you. Some people try to hide their nerves behind laughter.
However, social anxiety can also play a part when it comes to the way he acts. That’s why it’s important to look for other signs as well.
5. He Talks More Than Usual When He’s With You
More often than not, when a guy likes you, he will talk a lot. However, you should consider whether he’s just someone who usually talks a lot or if this is a one-off.
Usually, a guy that talks a lot is either nervous and can’t control his blabbering, or he wants to impress you. He will want to tell you all of his life’s accomplishments at once, in hopes of you finding him irresistible.
If you’re not sure whether he’s a big talker or he just does this when he’s with you, watch how he talks when he’s around other people. Does he carry the entire conversation or is he also a good listener? If he doesn’t talk as much about himself when he’s around other people, then he’s probably really into you.
6. He’s Interested in Everything About You
One of the most obvious signs he likes you but is hiding it is when he knows something about you that you haven’t told him yet.
For example, pay attention if he mentions something about you that only your friends and family know, but you’re 100% sure you haven’t mentioned it to him. Ultimately, this means he was likely asking around about you. However, if you’re also someone who likes to talk a lot when you’re with him, it can be difficult to keep track of what you’ve told him so far.
On the other hand, sometimes a guy will catch on mid-sentence that he made a mistake. Then, he’ll probably get a bit flustered, so you’re likely to notice his change of demeanor.
7. He Likes to Tease You
When a guy is into you, he will likely tease you about something. It’s similar to when a boy pulls a girl’s hair on the playground. However, when you’re older the teasing is far more subtle.
For example, if you’re running late for your date, he may tease you and say that it takes you forever to get ready or that you probably spent two hours getting your hair done. This will always be followed by a smile, so you know he’s not trying to be mean to you.
8. He Remembers Minor Details About You
So, you’ve been out with him a few times, and you’ve talked about anything and everything that comes to mind. Obviously, you don’t expect him to remember that time you mentioned your favorite food was pancakes with honey and chocolate syrup.
But to your surprise, he not only remembers, he also invites you over and makes them!
If a guy is head-over-heels about you, he will remember every single thing you told him. While he may seem as if he’s not really listening to what you’re saying, he’s actually storing all the information for when he needs it.
9. He Compliments You a Lot
If he’s really into you, he’ll shower you with compliments every chance he gets. He’ll tell you that you look amazing even on your worst hair days, and he’ll randomly tell you how much fun you are to be around.
What’s more, he won’t only dole out compliments when you’re alone. He won’t be afraid to tell you how beautiful you look even when you’re surrounded by a group of people.
Keep in mind that guys aren’t usually into complimenting girls they’re not interested in romantically. Ultimately, this is one of the most obvious signs he likes you but is hiding it.
Signs He Likes You But Is Hiding It: Body Language
10. He Points His Feet Towards You
Some of the less obvious signs he likes you but is hiding it involve body language. Namely, if you don’t know what to look for, you’re bound to miss what’s right under your nose.
A good example of this is checking out how he stands when you’re out with a group of people. To be fair, not many people will pay attention to the position of someone’s feet when they’re talking. But if you want to know how he feels about you, check out where his feet are pointing.
When a guy is into you, he will unconsciously point his feet towards you. Obviously, this only counts if you’re not standing next to him while he’s speaking to someone else. This is only feasible if you’re facing each other.
11. He Touches Your Hand For No Reason
This is yet another thing guys tend to do without realizing it. If he touches your hand from time to time, that means he likes to feel you near him. For example, this could happen while you’re talking about something or if you’re sitting next to each other. He may even just brush his fingers lightly across your hand.
If you’re already in a relationship with this guy, then you’re likely already used to this happening. However, if you’re just friends, start paying attention to his behavior. He may be trying to tell you that he’s into you in his own, shy way.
12. He Maintains Eye Contact With You the Most
When you go out with mutual friends, does he maintain eye contact with you the most? When a guy likes you, he will always try to look at you while he’s talking about something.
For example, if he’s telling his friends about something that happened to him, he may look at his friends from time to time. But if you notice that he’s looking at you the most, that means he’s mostly interested in what you think.
The same thing goes for when he’s telling a joke. He’ll maintain eye contact with you the most as if he’s only telling the joke to you. You may not notice this at first, but after a while, it becomes more obvious. What’s more, your friends will definitely be able to tell!
13. He Looks You in the Eyes While You’re Talking
The male gaze tends to wander, especially when a guy isn’t interested in what you have to say. On the other hand, another one of the more obvious signs he likes you but is hiding it is when he maintains eye contact with you while you’re talking.
At first, you may feel a bit uncomfortable (especially if you’re not used to it) but once you learn that he’s doing this because he has feelings for you, you’ll see him in a completely different light.
14. He Keeps Looking at Your Lips
Does he keep looking at your lips when you’re talking to him? If the answer is yes, then he’s likely anticipating kissing you.
However, it’s easy to freak out when you notice him looking at your lips. In fact, the first thing that may come to mind is whether you have some food stuck in your teeth. But don’t worry, he’s just admiring your lips while you speak.
What’s more, when a guy likes you, he will typically alternate between looking at your eyes and lips.
Signs He Likes You But Is Hiding It: Obvious Signs
15. He Likes Everything You Post
Does he like every post you put on social media? Or, maybe he likes to tag you or share his favorite Tik Toks on your page? If so, then he’s really into you!
Similarly, he may just send you random memes or videos in your inbox, especially if he doesn’t like to publicly share the content.
If you’re not actually dating him and you’re just friends, then he’s definitely into you, but is too shy to actually tell you.
16. He’s Especially Sweet to You
If you catch him buying you flowers for no reason at all or bringing you soup when you’re sick, he’s definitely into you. In this case, the only thing that’s holding him back from telling you how he feels about you could be a fear of rejection.
Next time he does something sweet for you, make sure to let him know that you have feelings toward him as well. This will likely give him the courage to ask you out.
17. He Wants You to Meet His Family
Regardless of whether you’re already dating, or you’re currently “just friends,” if a guy wants you to meet his family, he definitely has feelings for you. He must feel comfortable enough to let you meet the people nearest and dearest to him.
He may randomly mention that he’s going out to see his family over the weekend and ask if you would like to come with him as well. If you’re into him, this could be your chance to start that long-awaited romance.
Signs He Likes You But is Hiding it: Miscellaneous
18. He Keeps Hinting That He’s Single
He’s undoubtedly smitten by you if the fact that he’s single keeps popping up out of nowhere. For example, he may keep saying that he doesn’t have anyone to spend his weekend with. Or, he may keep mentioning that he has so much free time since he doesn’t have a girlfriend.
Keep in mind that men aren’t keen on sharing their relationship status with the world. So if he goes out of his way to let you know that he’s 100% available, he’s likely trying to muster up the courage to ask you out.
19. He Dresses Up When You Go Out
Women aren’t the only sex that enjoys dressing up when they go out. Most men will dress up in order to impress someone they’re romantically interested in.
However, some men will dress nicely regardless of who they’re going out with, so it’s important to take a few other things into consideration.
Does he dress up when he goes out with his other friends or does he keep it casual? Does he only wear nice clothes when you go out to dinner, yet he doesn’t do so when you’re alone with him?
If he seemingly always looks amazing when the two of you are together, no matter where you’re hanging out, he’s definitely into you.
20. He Pays Attention to You
When you’re out on a date, does he keep checking his phone? Or, does he focus all of his attention on you? A guy who ignores his phone throughout the entire date definitely has his priorities straight and is looking to have a meaningful relationship with you.
The same goes if you’re only hanging out as friends. If, at some point, you notice that he’s completely ignoring calls from other people and he’s devoting all his attention to what you’re saying, perhaps it’s time to reevaluate your friendship. And if he’s too shy, there’s nothing wrong with you asking him out!
21. He Asks You What You Want to Do
Yet another one of the more obvious signs he likes you but is hiding it is when he lets you take control of the date. Does he choose where you’ll be going or does he always ask you what you would like to do?
A man who lets you decide where you would like to go on a date is genuinely interested in the things you like. More importantly, he is willing to go to new places just as long as he is with you.