10 Subtle Signs a Guy Likes You But Is Trying to Hide It

Is your crush giving off mixed signals? Are you trying to figure out if a guy likes you or not? Too afraid to ask him? If so, here are 10 subtle signs a guy likes you but is trying to hide it.

It isn’t always easy to tell if a guy likes you or not. Sometimes we ladies have to play the waiting game and hope for the best. Then, there are those times a guy likes us but he is either too scared to let us know or isn’t ready to realize it himself.

Some men are naturally nice to their female friends, but there’s always a line between “nice” and “interested.” These are the signs a guy likes you, and you should pay attention.

#1 He Remembers Every Little Detail About You

10 Subtle Signs a Guy Likes You But Is Trying to Hide It

Was he one of the first people to wish you a happy birthday? Does he remember your favorite flavor ice-cream or the way you take your coffee when you go out? When a guy remembers little details about you, he’s definitely interested in you.

Most men have a limited attention span and are not nearly as obsessed with details as we women are. If your guy can remember something you told him weeks ago, then he’s paying close attention to you because he’s interested in you. Even better, if it’s something little that you don’t remember even saying to him…

#2 He Gets Close To You And Wants To Impress You

A guy will want to be around you if he has a secret crush on you. Whether on purpose or not, he will approach. Therefore, it might be a touch on the hand, an arm, or a lingering hand after a tender embrace.

He will try to read you. In order to understand your current situation and emotional state, he will ask you questions, but they will be subtly worded.

You intrigue him. He wants to find out more.

#3 He’s There for You When You’re On Your Period

When mother nature calls or “aunt flow” comes to visit, most men will run for cover. There are the occasional men who will still want a booty call during your least favorite time. However, if you have a guy who brings you Aspirin and chocolate, then cuddles you with a chick flick, he’s interested in you as more than a friend.

Men do not naturally want to be around us when we’re on our cycle. With good reason, too (we’re psycho). However, if he can put up with your crazy, without wanting anything in return, then he’s interested in you (he might also be a keeper, this one).

#4 He Advises You NOT To Date His Pals

Guys will generally try to hook their pals up with women they know because it’s convenient. Besides, it doesn’t take much work. However, if you have any sort of interest in any one of his male friends, and he adamantly refuses to hook you up with any of them, then he respects you and is also, more than likely, interested in keeping you for himself.

#5 You Get Random Gifts

Subtle Signs a Guy Likes You But Is Trying to Hide It

If a guy likes you but is trying to hide it you will get random gifts… Flowers, candy, mixed tapes…you name it. If he thinks about you enough to give you a gift for no reason at all, then he really likes you. Now, if he gives you a gift for a special occasion it could be just a friendly thing. But, if he surprises you with your favorite book or says he found a rare teacup to add to your collection for no reason at all, then he is most definitely interested in you.

#6 He Cleans His Apartment/Room for You

Okay, here’s the tricky one, ladies. If a man has a woman coming over, generally speaking, he’ll at least try to tidy up the place a little, you know, to get rid of the smell. Sometimes, if you’ve been his buddy for a while, he won’t even bother trying to clean up because he assumes you’re just don’t mind three-day-old pizza boxes and beer cans on the couch.

If on the other hand, your guy immaculately cleans his apartment on the day you’re coming over, then he is definitely interested in you. If he has roommates he’ll at least clean his room for your arrival (and apologize for the rest of the mess).

#7 He Shows You His Collection

Star Wars figurines? Old comic books? Vintage motorcycle parts or baseball cards? Whatever it is he collects (no matter how trivial or ridiculous), if he likes you, he will pull out that collection of what’s its and show them off. He wants to which you will obligingly “ooh” and “ahh” over.

#8 He Refers To Other Girls As “My Friend…”

A very sure sign that a man likes you is how he introduces other women. If a guy is with a woman and introduces her to you as his “friend” or his “pal” (and if he makes sure to point out their platonic relationship more than once) then he definitely wants more than a friendship with you.

#9 He’s Always Clean For You

Guy Likes You But Is Trying to Hide It

There are some guys who are naturally more inclined to take a shower at least once a day (sometimes more often than that). However, if your guy is always clean (including his clothes) when you’re around (but looks like a bum whenever you just pop by in a spur of the moment and chill with him and his guys), then he’s definitely interested in you.

#10 You Always Get Your Way

The number one sign is how he treats you. If he lets you have your way with everything then he is definitely wants you. Let me give you an example. I knew a guy who would let me choose the movie we watched, the places we hung out, the music we listened to, the restaurant we ate at and everything else in between. A few months into our friendship, he told me he was interested in me (something I already knew).

On the other hand, I dated a guy who always had to have his way. Eventually he broke up with me because his way also meant his “freedom.”

Guys can sometimes be hard to read. We’re not always sure what he wants. You should know how to tell if a guy likes you. These 9 signs are certain ways to know if  a guy likes you, but is trying to hide it.

Is your guy showing any of these signs?

About the author


Just another hard working mom who loves her kid, loves to write, can’t cook, and has a thing for tentacles! When I’m not hanging out with my Spawn, I’m happily sharing my dating experiences and offering advice and trying to control the chaos that comes with being human.


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  • there’s this guy…we’re in the same lecture…i really cant figure out if he’s actually into me or not but my friends keep telling me of the signs like he tries to get seats closer to mine and he paces around near me. he once even flexed his arms in front of me.. i see it as mere coincidence. and another sign is he is always behind me when we exit the lecture hall and he tries to make small talk but he shyly runs off when my friends approach…there was this one time when i said i liked romantic movies that he even said he liked them too…like seriously? hahaha…so what do you think i should do?

  • There’s this guy… he’s my classmate. I can’t really figure out if he likes me or not. I always see him taking slight glances at me. All. The. Damn. Time. I mean once I was at our classroom door talking with my other classmate about lockers. I then looked at the the window and saw him staring at me. He suddenly took my eyes of me and scratched his head. He doesn’t really give any physical contact since I know that he’s a really shy boy. So ummm… what should I do?

  • There’s this guy… We’re in the band together and we used to talk last semester and a little of this semester but we feel off anyway I’ll still catch him taking Like small glances at me sometimes I’ll even catch him staring then sometimes he look at me like he be wanting to say something to me and at my probate he looked like be wanted to tell me congratulations I have a small gut feeling that he is still feeling some type of way about me. Do u agree.?

  • There’s this guy at my work that I like and I know has a girlfriend. He never talks about her in front of me. I don’t think he knows that I know. He’s given me nicknames and asked about my personal life. I’ve often times caught him staring at me. He recently gave me a small gift because he knew I liked the tv show it is from. I ended up losing the gift and he said well “we”found it. Pretty sure referring to his girlfriend which be went off topic about when I displayed some annoyance. My gut tells me he likes me but he has a girlfriend. I may just be reading the signals wrong.