There are a lot of words guys and girls use to describe one another, flirt, compliment, try to get their attention, and so on.
If you want to get the correct response from someone, however, it’s crucial you use the correct word.
So, what does lovely mean to a guy?
When a guy calls you ‘lovely’, does it mean he is attracted to you?
Is it correct to call a guy ‘lovely’ if you’re flirting with them or just want to be friends?
Here is an explanation of what the word lovely means to both guys and girls, and how to use it correctly to get the reaction you want:
What Does Lovely Mean to a Guy?
There is a difference between a guy using the word lovely to describe a girl, and a girl using the word lovely to describe a guy.
Looking at it from the side of a guy using the word lovely; if a guy calls a girl lovely, it means that he thinks she’s a really nice person – but he’s probably not attracted to her.
It’s important to note that guys will not use lovely to describe a woman they are physically attracted to.
Guys tend to use much more descriptive words when talking about being physically attracted to a woman, such as; hot, attractive, fit, sensational, smokin’, babe, stunner, etc.
When they’re talking about a woman that they would rather be friends with, a guy will use the word lovely to describe them.
Looking at this from the side of a girl using the word lovely to describe a guy, there is more likely to be a romantic attraction.
This is because, generally speaking, girls tend to be attracted to the character of a guy more so or alongside their physical appearance.
If a woman or girl says a guy is lovely, it shows they’ve noticed the guy pleasing to be around or look at and it’s a positive sign that they may be attracted to them.
Related – This post will help you identify signs a guy likes you more than he’s letting on.
Is Being Called Lovely a Compliment?
Being called lovely is definitely a compliment, yes.
If you look at how the word lovely is defined in the dictionary, it states:
If you describe someone or something as lovely, you mean that they are very beautiful and therefore pleasing to look at or listen to.
If you’re attracted to someone and want to take things further with them, it’s probably not going to feel like a compliment though.
Being called lovely is more like telling someone that you want to put them strictly in the ‘friend’s zone’, which might come as a disappointment.
But let’s be real here, there are a lot worse words to be called than lovely!
On a positive note, if someone considers you lovely it means they think a lot of you and doesn’t rule out growing closer to them over time.
Can You Call a Guy Lovely?
If you think a guy is lovely, you should call him lovely – it’s a compliment and is going to make him feel great.
If you’re concerned about him taking it the wrong way and thinking that you’re interested in him, you can still use the word lovely.
Just be careful how you use it.
It’s all about your body language and how you say words that determine how someone interrupts them.
For example, if you want to let a guy know he’s lovely while making it clear he’s just a friend, you can say something like:
“You’re lovely, you know that? Just wanted you to hear it, you’ll make someone really happy, I’m sure.”
If you wanted to use lovely in a flirty way, you should say something like:
“You’re really lovely, it’s one of the characters I love in a man and I love being around you.”
Why Does a Man Call You Lovely?
If a guy is calling you lovely, the same rules apply if you want to know what it means to him.
You need to read between the lines and take notice of a guy’s body language when he’s calling you lovely.
Some guys are subtle with their actions, but if they’re flirting you should be able to pick up on some other cues.
If you want to know if he’s interested in you, look for signs like:
- He’s acting nervous while talking to you
- He is not making natural eye contact
- It’s unusual for him to use the word ‘lovely’
- He is also spending a lot of time around you
- He smiles when talking to you
It can be difficult to know what someone is thinking when they use words like ‘lovely’ to describe someone.
The art of reading body language or reading between the lines when someone is communicating is incredibly hard to do.
If you take a broader look at how the person is talking to you and how they talk with others, as well as their behavior, I’m sure you’ll get a better idea of what they think of you.
It may seem like a small thing, but someone calling you ‘lovely’ might just be that clue you’ve been hoping for that they really like you!
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Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.