When a guy calls you honey: 12 real reasons why he does it (2023)

So you met this cute guy a few weeks ago, he seems perfect, charming and a real gentleman, but all of a sudden he starts calling you "sweetheart".

What does it mean when a man says love to you? Is he serious about you or does he call other girls that too?

This is why dating guys is sometimes confusing.

Every now and then you meet a man who is honest and straightforward, but most of the time you ask yourself:What the hell are they really thinking?

Well, when a guy calls you sweetheart, it can mean a number of things. It can have a positive or negative connotation.

Don't worry, I'll cover all the reasons why he might call you that.

Also, I'll give you some suggestions on what to call him, nay, some cute nicknames you can use if you want to show your man affection.

But that is not all. I'll also briefly explain other nicknames guys use to call their girlfriends or girls they like and the secret meanings behind those names.

Honestly, sometimes it's really hard to figure out why he might call you sweetheart because you don't get a chance to see his expression when he says it.

Maybe you've just met the guy and all of a sudden he starts showering you with compliments like "baby", "love" etc.

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The big question is:why does it work?

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Is he being serious about you or just complimenting you so he can take you to the bedroom?

While some women like to be called "sweetheart", some don't.

Anyway, one thing is for sure: most still don't know the true meaning behind the word.

First, let's answer this:Why do guys have nicknames??

Well, you should think about what kind of relationship you have with this guy. Have you started dating recently? is he a stranger to you?

Are you just good friends or are you about to become lovers?

Also note how long you've known each other.

This will answer most of your questions when you are wondering why a man would give you that particular pet name.

If you recently met at a bar or through a dating app, be careful, it might be too early to start using nicknames.

Although guys like nicknames, if you've just met him, it's a bit of a tease in a way.

Yes, they name all their friends after pets and maybe even have several, but giving a girl a nickname is something else.

The boys thought a lot about it.

Guys also give girls nicknames as a flirting tactic, but this is very rare.

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Most of the time, guys know that giving a girl a nickname can ruin your chances of developing a relationship with her.

They don't want to look childish and silly, so they won't.

Not everyone is a fan of nicknames. I'm not. I hate it when people call me by a nickname, especially if it's someone I don't know.

Therefore, he will likely avoid giving you a pet name that indicates he likes you when he meets you.

It can still happen, but you have to think about the context in which it was given to you.

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Maybe you're acting silly and goofy and he just wants to compliment you, or maybe he's making fun of you to flirt with you.

Those are plausible reasons for him to give you a nickname if you've only recently met, but what if you've known each other for a long time? What does that mean?

Well, he might call you a nickname that has a positive connotation.

If the two of you have been friends for a long time and the nickname comes out of nowhere, it usually means he has developed strong feelings for you.

Especially if he calls you "Love" or "Baby".

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On the other hand, if he gives you a nickname that relates to an embarrassing incident you had, it's probably more of a friendly nickname than a romantic one.

I know it might sound confusing, but there are a lot of variables you need to consider in order for him to give you a nickname in the first place.

Consider where and when he called you by that name and how he interacts with others around him.

What does it mean when a man says love to you?

Does this mean he likes you or are you just another girl for him?

These are the main reasons why a guy might call you sweetheart.

1. He is spontaneous

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Sometimes guys act spontaneously and don't think too much.

A guy can be visually focused and notice something about you that he likes. Then he could call you love.

Her beauty has captivated him so much that he cannot think of other words.

Other situations you can use it in are when something silly or funny has happened to you.

Maybe you trip over your own feet and say"Oh love!"- laughing as he picks you up.

But what if a guy just admires your beauty and elegance?

Calling you love doesn't necessarily mean I'm doing something or something.

It could be that he is honest with you and admires your physical appearance.

2. He Accidentally Called You Sweetie

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Unfortunately, this happens all too often.

Maybe you were surprised when he first called you love. For reasons unknown to you, he chose to address you by this nickname.

But you have to remember how he looked when he called you love. Did he look proud and confident?

Well, if so, it was obviously intentional and he wanted to see her reaction.

On the other hand, if he looked surprised and rather unsure, then it was just an accident and he didn't mean to call you that.

Maybe he was thinking about you before and suddenly those words escaped him.

You might not believe it, but guys can accidentally call you sweetheart and nothing else.

No hidden meanings, just simple words withoutespecialSinn.

There are certainly times when he says it and means it, but maybe he just wasn't ready to say it so soon.

3. He thinks it's normal (when you're in a relationship)

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In fact, love is a term of affection that most men will use in a relationship.

If you're in a relationship with the guy, he might call you that because he thinks it's normal when he's talking to his girlfriend.

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It's normal for couples to give each other nicknames after they've been together for a while. You shouldn't be the least bit surprised.

The guy usually shows positive body language signs around him like: Examples include mirroring your body language, dilated pupils when he talks to you, or blinking more than usual.

these are allsigns he likes youa lot and it's normal for him to call you sweetie especially if you are in a long term relationship.

4. He wants to see how you react to it

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Sometimes guys think carefully about what they are going to say to a girl to see how she will react so they can plan their next move.

Well, a guy might say that word to you to see if you give him something similar in return.

Maybe he doesn't know how you feel about him, so he wants to test whether your reaction is positive or negative to see if he should ask you out or not.

There you enter.

Of course, if you like the guy, you should reciprocate and wait for him to take the next step.

On the other hand, if you don't like the guy, this is the perfect time to put him in the friend zone.

I know it's hard, but it's better to be honest with him than to play with someone's feelings.

If your reaction is positive, he might ask you more questions about your love status and then step up and ask you out.

5. He is attracted to you

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He might call you his love because he has strong feelings for you but doesn't know how to say it directly.

There are some body language signs you can pick up when a man is attracted to you, like finding excuses to touch you, maintaining eye contact, getting closer to you, etc.

But if he combines these positive body language signals with calling you love, then he definitely likes you.

Be sure to pay attention to these signs if you're unsure of his feelings for you.

A guy who just calls you sweetie doesn't mean much, as there are several reasons why he would say that.

But if he is supported by other signs of attraction in his body language, then he is attracted to you.

But what if you can't see him face to face and he sends you a text calling you sweetheart?

It's his way of saying how he feels about you and not just seeing you as a friend. He wants something more serious with you.

You might want to make it official.

6. He is comfortable in your relationship

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I mean, this is a no-brainer.

If your relationship is going really well, you have great communication, you trust each other, then he might call you love to show that he is comfortable with you.

When you hear that in a relationship, you know you hit the jackpot.

A man will only open up about his feelings when he feels comfortable and safe.

He might call you his first love, as a precursor to saying "I love you".

I know it sounds confusing, but hear me out.

Guys have a hard time expressing their feelings and they can seem complicated at times but they really aren't.

You just need to look out for those subtle signs that say a lot about your feelings.

7. He really means it

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Nicknames can mean nothing to someone, but at the same time they can mean everything.

When a guy calls you sweetheart, he almost certainly loves you but is afraid to say those three big words.

He's probably scared to do that and say how he really feels.

The thing is, he doesn't want to scare you off, especially if you're just starting out in a relationship.

He really loves you and wants you to know how special you are to him.

He's just waiting for you to tell him you love him before he says it back.

As I said before, this is usually noticeable if you also pay attention to their behavior.

8. He wants you to know you have a special place in his heart.

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Sometimes, when or even where you say it isn't as important as your intentions.

Because? Because he wants you to know that you have a special place in his heart.

It's his way of making sure you know how special and unique you really are.

It doesn't matter if you're in an argument and he's trying to calm you down by calling you sweetie, he's doing it because he cares about you so much.

You are the love of his life and he wants everyone to know it.

It doesn't matter what others think of him. Maybe they call him weak or not "a real man", but he doesn't care.

He knows he loves you and wants to make sure you feel special.

9. He is trying to hide something

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There are certainly times when guys know they've done something wrong and want to hide it.

In most cases they will get defensive and use a lot of pet names just to get out of trouble.

This is especially true if he calls you sweetheart when talking about specific problem areas in your relationship.

Don't just focus on that word, though. Instead, pay attention to his body language as he will start to feel anxious.

You can hide your palms, speak in a different tone, or change the subject.

These body language signs combined with this nickname mean he is hiding something from you.

10. He uses it for everyone

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This is especially true if you're friends with the guy. Meaning it's a casual nickname she uses for all her friends.

It could also be that you are from a country where it is customary to call someone love and mean nothing, like in the UK or Spain.

If he's from one of these countries, that might be why he calls you sweetheart.

Notice how he calls out to other women around him. Do you call her "my love" or do you use another nickname?

Even if he's from a culture where it's common to use the word love to refer to a woman, he might still have another reason to call you love.

Therefore, you should monitor his behavior as this can help you figure out his feelings for you.

11. She sponsors

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Calling yourself love can have positive connotations, but it can also have negative connotations.

Maybe he calls you love because he iscondescending.

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If that's the case, he would say so in a sarcastic tone and refrain from any physical contact.

It happens in situations where he just doesn't agree with you or after you make a suggestion he doesn't want to accept.

It just means he doesn't take you seriously and also refuses to include you in certain conversations.

The only way to get him to stop saying those words in situations like this is to confront him and tell him to stop once and for all.

12. He's only interested in getting you into bed

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Sometimes guys just want one thing and they will do whatever it takes to get it.

They are not interested in a romantic relationship with you, just an affair and that's it.

He might call you love to make you believe he is serious about you, so you'll give him a fair chance.

But he won't stop there. He will continue to compliment you until you agree to take him out on a date.

He wants you to know that he likes what he sees and that his main goal is to get you into bed. That's why he calls you love, to soften your heart, that's all.

If he is successful in his quest, he will walk away from there, leaving you heartbroken and used.

Good thing this doesn't happen very often as girls tend to trust their instincts and can usually spot a player from miles away.

But I thought I'd add this reason just as a reminder.

If you're still not sure why your sweetie is calling you, consider the following:How does he deal with other people and when and where did he call you love?

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It always helps to think about how a man treats other people when it comes to why he calls you sweetheart.

Maybe he calls out to other women the same way and shows the same body language signals that he does when he's with you.

This is definitely a sign that these words mean nothing to him and don't have any special meaning.

On the other hand, if you notice his behavior and body language change when he tells you that you are his love, then he is definitely attracted to you.

If you're still not sure why he calls you sweetheart, write down when and where he called you that pet name.

Maybe he said that when the two of you were alone. It means he's comfortable with you or attracted to you, but he's too shy to say it publicly.

On the other hand, when a guy says it in a public place, it's mostly because he's saying it naturally (or maybe condescendingly).

Now that you've figured out why his love is calling you, you might be wondering:What is an appropriate nickname for a boy?

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Sometimes it's hard to choose a cute name for a boy because you don't want him to feel less of a man.

That's why these nicknames are always safe for guys:Tiger, handsome, cowboy, big guy, honey, honey.

But be careful. More often than not, guys prefer to be addressed by their real names rather than nicknames. This doesn't apply to all men, so play by ear.

What other romantic nicknames do guys give their girlfriends?

Well, they are basically the same as the ones I listed above, with a few exceptions.

A guy might give you a nickname.DrinksÖDrinks🇧🇷 It is usually used to show that he adores you and is not shy about telling the world.

Babies are super cute, and so are you.

Ella(Abbreviation ofSchatz) is another nickname a guy might give you.

It's a little more romantic than calling it a baby and is usually used when you're in a long-term relationship.

Likewise,drinksis another nickname a guy might give you, especially if it's awrite to youand you are in the dating phase.

He might give you this affectionate nickname to break the friend zone barrier and let you know that he wants more than just friendship with you.


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When a guy calls you honey What does it mean? ›

Honey/Hun. This is a guy's way of hitting on you! If a guy wants things to be a little more romantic, he'll start calling you "honey" as a means to show you how he feels. Usually, when you are in a long term relationship, guys will switch from this pet name to another on the list.

What does honey mean in love? ›

a person for whom one feels love or deep affection; sweetheart; darling.

What does it mean if you call someone honey? ›

Honey, like darling or baby or many other words, can represent fondness or can be patronising, depending on the usage or even the tone of voice.

Is calling someone honey weird? ›

It is not proper for strangers to refer to others as “sweetie,” “honey” or “hun.” Those terms are to be used by those who are in more intimate relationships, such as boyfriend and girlfriend, husband and wife, grandparents to grandchildren, or by close friends, such as long-time female bridge players.

Is calling someone honey flirting? ›

No, not at all. Sure, it may be a general term of affection, but it can be used as a common 'nickname' for anyone, or even in a patronizing manner, suggesting she might dislike you.

Is honey a romantic word? ›

Honey is a word that's typically used between couples, but rarely by strangers.

Is honey associated with love? ›

Honey has deep romantic associations too — making it the ideal gift for your better half. Did you know the word honeymoon comes from the ancient practice of giving newlyweds a month's supply of mead?

Can you call your lover honey? ›

It's still a great nickname to use for your boyfriend. Honey is sweet so it's a good way for you to remind your boyfriend that you think he's sweet without coming out and saying it. Some people wait a little while to use “honey”.

What does calling a girl honey mean? ›

If a guy is calling you “honey”, then he thinks you're really sweet and probably cute, too. If a guy is trying to make a move because he really likes you, it's likely that he'll call you by this pet name. Generally, when someone calls you “sweetie”, then they truly adore you or love you.

Does honey mean husband? ›

Definition of hunny and honey. Honey refers to that sweet viscous fluid produced by bees from plants' nectar. On the other hand, hunny is a sweet word used to refer to someone you love. It's also used to describe attractive individuals.

Why does a man call you baby? ›

If you have known each other for a while, and he finds you adorable, he is most likely to start calling you baby. When he calls you baby, it means he considers you a cute baby that needs to be loved, protected and treasured. He wants you to know how he feels about you.

What does honey mean in friendship? ›

As for Honey.. that would mean a little more than friends, or extremely close friends who wouldn't mind being addressed anything at all! In the end it all depends on your relationship with the friend to whom you are addressing.

When should I call my girlfriend honey? ›

Honey – Another classic that works well for girlfriends that are sweet and compassionate. Honey Bee – For when she's sweet as honey, but also has a bite (or a sting) to back it up. Honey Love – A unique take, this one also carries with it feelings of a deep connection.

What do you call a guy when flirting? ›

Nicknames for the guy you're casual with
  • Pal.
  • Cutie.
  • Lover Boy.
  • A shortening of their name. So if their name is Taylor, call them “Tay.”
  • The first letter of their name. So if their name is Derrick, call them “D.”
  • Their middle name.
  • My dude/guy.
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Can you call a man love? ›

If you're in a relationship, it's not unusual to give your partner nicknames, including but not limited to: bae, baby, my love, boo, sweetheart, etc. Turns out these pet names aren't just cute (even though, okay, some might sound silly), they can actually be a super important part of your relationship.

Is there a honey phase in relationships? ›

The honeymoon phase is a blissful, carefree period in a couple's relationship. Both partners are just getting to know each other, and they can find little fault with their significant other. Everything that new partner does, from how they eat to the stories they tell, feels charming and endearing.

What is the difference between sweetheart and honey? ›

The terms honey, sweetheart hold no more significance than babe/baby. Just a way to address a female, usually. Used most often in a relationship, marriage situation.

What does honey do for a female? ›

Women often go through hormonal imbalance, which is a result of disbalance in testosterone levels, which in the long run affects reproductive health. Consuming honey on a daily basis helps in balancing the testosterone levels, which improves reproductive health, reduces mood swings and improves hormonal balance.

Does honey make you better in bed? ›

Honey helps your brain release melatonin, the hormone that your body uses to restore itself during sleep. This happens through a series of transformations in your brain: honey's sugars spike your insulin levels, releasing tryptophan, which becomes serotonin, which becomes melatonin.

What does honey do in bed? ›

Additionally, honey may promote melatonin formation due to its possible tryptophan content (a precursor to melatonin) that both helps to initiate sleep as well as promote release of hormones that facilitate whole body recovery during sleep.

What do men like to be called? ›

Men like being complimented on their appearance, as well as their personality. Nicknames are a great way to express affection and familiarity. "Cutie" or Good-looking" are great nicknames when flirting, while names like "Babe" or "Honey" are better for committed relationships.

Who can you call honey? ›

When people talk to their partners – they might say “honey” or “babe” or “sweetie/sweetheart” or “baby” When they talk to their children or grandchildren- “honey” or “sweetie/sweetheart” or “hon”

What pet names do guys like? ›

Cute Names to Call Your Boyfriend
  • Sweetie/Sweetheart. A nice easy one to kick us off – there is nothing divisive about 'sweetie'. ...
  • Boo. ...
  • Tiger. ...
  • Sugar. ...
  • Darling/Darlin' ...
  • Handsome. ...
  • Pumpkin. ...
  • Baby/Babe.

What honey means spiritually? ›

Honey as blessing, abundance

In various spiritual writings and customs, the spiritual meaning of honey appears to be in God's provision of abundance, and the giving of something sweet and good to eat.

How do you tell a guy likes you? ›

22 Subtle Signs A Guy Likes You, From Dating Experts
  1. He leans toward you during conversation. ...
  2. He angles his body toward you in the room. ...
  3. He finds small ways to compliment you. ...
  4. He makes eye contact. ...
  5. He steals a glance at you. ...
  6. He singles you out in a group. ...
  7. He seems drawn to you in the room.
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What makes a man want a baby? ›

Wanting to take a new step in life and to evolve as a person are just two of the many good reasons for having children. For many men, becoming a father is THE experience that they anticipate most eagerly. Having a baby to take care of and raise changes your life completely.

When a man calls you babe? ›

To put it simply, when you call someone babe, it probably means that you have feelings for them. "Its use in any form means that you are attracted and proud to be with your partner," Sullivan says.

What do guys call their girlfriends? ›

Some guys go the "classic" route with names like "angel," "darling," and "sweetheart"; some prefer food-inspired nicknames, like "cookie" and "cupcake"; and some straight-up worship their partners with loving names like "queen," "goddess," and "light of my life."

What is a flirty nickname for a girl? ›

Pumpkin, peanut, bubby, baby, babe, bae, honey, darling, sugar, sweetie, honeybunch

Should I call my girl honey? ›

If your girlfriend is sweet but 'sweetheart' or 'sweetie' seem a bit too dated, try 'honey'. In certain parts of the USA you may be called 'honey' by a waitress or someone else you've just met. This makes it a very casual nickname but if it fits for your relationship, go ahead and try it.

What does honey mean in a text message? ›

: a loved one : sweetheart, dear.

Can you call your girlfriend honey? ›

If your girlfriend is sweet but 'sweetheart' or 'sweetie' seem a bit too dated, try 'honey'. In certain parts of the USA you may be called 'honey' by a waitress or someone else you've just met. This makes it a very casual nickname but if it fits for your relationship, go ahead and try it.

Do you call a girl hunny or honey? ›

Well, when you are referring to your loved one, the right word to use is hunny. A person can't be honey, but he/she can be hunny. That's why the short form of hunny (hun/hunn) is often used when sending texts to our partners.

What kind of word is honey? ›

noun, plural hon·eys. a sweet, viscid fluid produced by bees from the nectar collected from flowers, and stored in nests or hives as food.

What are flirty nicknames for boyfriend? ›

Generally cute nicknames for your boyfriend
  • Boo.
  • Booboo Bear.
  • Sweetheart.
  • Baby Boy.
  • Baby/Babe.
  • Baby Love.
  • Boo Thang.
  • Love Bug.
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