Interpretation: What Does It Mean When a Girl Calls You Cute?

If a girl has ever called you “cute,” have you wondered what does it mean when a girl calls you cute? If you’re confused, decipher what she means!

what does it mean when a girl calls you cute

I’m not going to lie, girls are confusing—and I am one! Sometimes it’s even hard for me to decipher what another girl is trying to say. I understand when guys are completely clueless when it comes to trying to figuring out what does it mean when a girl calls you cute.

Sometimes, girls don’t even know what they mean! That may sound confusing, but sometimes girls say something in a certain way and then don’t realize that they’ve made it seem like they mean a certain thing, when they actually mean the opposite.

Reading body language to decode a girl’s thoughts

Sometimes, trying to figure out what a girl means is completely useless. You spend hours trying to figure it out, but without asking her there’s almost no hope of knowing what she meant.

However, you can read her body language to get some indication of what she may mean. Although girls control what they say, they often can’t control the way their bodies react to the words we’re saying. Reading their body language keys you into a whole new world of meaning.

What does it mean when a girl calls you cute?

The hardest thing about being a guy would be being called “cute” by a girl simply because it is SO confusing. Cute means so many different things. Some of them aren’t exactly positive, but some of them mean she’s into you.

If you’ve ever been called cute by a girl and you want to decipher what she meant by it, I’m about to give you an inside peek into the workings of a female mind, and help you figure it out. Here is how to tell what she meant by calling you “cute” and just how to decipher it. [Read: 23 things girls wish guys knew about a girl’s mind]

What does cute mean?

The truth is, the word “cute” can mean so many different things coming from a girl’s mouth. Here are all the different potential things she means when she calls you cute.

#1 You’re sweet. This is usually how girls use the term “cute” the most. If you’re being cute, it’s likely you’ve just said something really sweet, and you’re being kind of mushy gushy toward her. If you’ve complimented her, you might get this reaction. [Read: 15 obvious flirting signs between a guy and girl]

#2 You’re childish. Cute is often what girls call little kids for a number of different reasons. If you’re someone who has a “baby face,” then she’ll probably refer to you as cute. Meaning you’re cute like a little kid.

However, girls also call you cute when you’re being childish, aka immature. If you’re acting out in a ridiculous and childish way, a girl might call you cute—with an eye roll, of course.

#3 She likes you… as a friend. Cute can also be a very platonic word. It’s a safe compliment to give someone that is JUST a friend. Sorry to say it fellas, but if she’s calling you cute, and you guys are strictly just friends, it doesn’t mean she’s had a sudden change of heart. You’re still in the friend zone. [Read: 18 clear signs you’re in a girl’s friend zone!]

#4 You’re mildly attractive. Another way girls use the word cute is to describe someone that is attractive, but only just. It’s a good word we use to inform you that yes, you have attractive qualities, but we don’t find you attractive enough to ever date or be with.

#5 You’re funny. I personally use this one all the time. I know, it doesn’t make much sense. I call guys cute if they’re making a corny joke or even if they’re being a smart ass about something. The difference when I call them cute and mean it in this way, I usually roll my eyes in some way and put a sarcastic spin on it.

#6 You’re really attractive… but she’s playing it cool. If a girl thinks you’re super hot but wants to play it cool, she just refers to you as cute. The thing is, we know this word is confusing, and we actually like to use it in order to make you think a little harder about it. [Read: She loves me, she loves me not: 17 signs she loves you]

#7 You’re not cute at all. Yes, I know. It’s very confusing, but sometimes a girl means the exact opposite of what “cute” generally means. However, you’ll usually be able to figure this one out because it’ll be said in a VERY sarcastic tone accompanied by a sneer of sorts.

Tips for figuring out which “cute” you are

Since there are so many different versions of what cute possibly means from a girl’s perspective, you’ll need some pointers on how to figure out WHICH type you are.

#1 Pay attention to her tone. A girl’s tone of voice tells you more than you need to know about what she means. Does she sound genuine, sarcastic, or even nervous? Listen to the way she actually uses the word, and it can help you decipher what she means by it.

#2 Was she smiling? A girl’s smile tells you an awful lot about what she means when she’s calling you cute. If she’s smiling because you just said something funny, she could just mean it in that way. If she’s smiling and acting coy or flirty, she probably likes you. Watch her smile! [Read: 15 body language cues a girl gives away if she likes you]

#3 Take into account your relationship. What type of relationship do you have with her? Just friends? Strangers? Thinking about this helps you determine what she means. If you’re just friends, then she could just mean it in a friendly way. But if you don’t know each other that well and she’s calling you cute, it’s probably because she’s interested.

#4 Play in her personality. Some girls are very straightforward and just come out and say, “You’re cute,” and actually mean she likes you. If she’s a bold person, you’ll be able to take her at her word. But if she’s rather shy and not forthcoming, you’ll need to dig a little deeper. [Read: How to tell if a shy girl likes you: All their secrets revealed]

#5 Body language! Girls give everything away in their body language. We have a tendency to have nervous quirks that are clear giveaways that we like you—which we show in the form of calling you cute.

Is she making eye contact? Smiling a lot? Playfully smacking you? All of these are giveaways that she’s into you and she might call you cute. If she’s not doing this, she may mean it in a platonic way. [Read: 10 clearly noticeable signs of body language attraction]

#6 Think about what you did to warrant the word “cute.” What actions did you just do in order for her to call you that? Did you make a funny joke, compliment her, or just stand there? If she called you cute out of the blue, it’s normally because she thinks you’re good looking and was just thinking about it. [Read: Things to talk about with a girl: 43 conversation starters]

#7 Don’t overthink it. All in all, being called cute isn’t generally a bad thing. Unless she’s calling you immature or she means it in a sarcastic way, being cute is great! Sure, it might not always be said in the way you’re hoping to hear, but sometimes it might be. Pay close attention and don’t think about it too much.

[Read: Decoding compliments: 50 cute words and their true meaning]

I completely understand the need for some clarification about what a girl means when she calls you cute. We’re confusing and it’s hard to tell. Luckily, we’ve uncovered the female mind, so you’ll know exactly what she meant!

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