This post will help you understand why he might call you dude and help you understand why other guys might say it in the future.

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So, what does it mean when a guy calls you dude? A guy calling you dude could mean that he is attracted to you and he wants to see your reaction which would be more likely if he shows other signs of attraction around you. He might also say it naturally or it could be a sign that he is not attracted to you.


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Since there are a number of reasons why a guy will call a girl dude it is important to consider the body language that he shows and the context of how he says it.

Reasons why a guy will call you dude

Each of the different reasons why a guy will call you dude will likely come with a number of clues in his body language.
Below, I will mention a number of reasons why a guy will call a girl dude and the body language signals to expect to see with them.He wants to see your reactionThe reason that he might have called you dude was that he wanted to get a reaction out of you or because he wanted to see how you would react.
The reason that he wanted to get a reaction out of you could be that he is actually attracted to you but he’s unsure if you’re attracted to him.If he is attracted to you then it would be likely that he would show a number of signs of attraction in his body language which could include:Mirroring your own body languageSitting up with a straighter posture when he sees youAdjusting his hair or clothes when he sees youUncrossing his arms when he sees youBecoming agitated when you’re with other men, watching you while you are and sticking around while you are with other menGetting defensive when other men are aroundHolding prolonged eye contact with youFinding excuses to touch youHis pupils dilate when he’s with youStanding in your personal space when talking to youAsking you lots of questions even when in a groupKeeping his focus on you when you’re in a group together and there are multiple people talkingAsking your friends about youTalking to you with a deeper voice than he does with other peopleLooking at your lips when talking to youMaking plans based on yoursHe’s comfortable with youThe reason that he calls you dude could be that he calls his other friends dude and it suggests that he is comfortable around you.
If that is the case, then it would be likely that he would show positive body language signs around you.However, unless he’s attracted to you, he would be less likely to show a number of the signs of attraction above such as getting agitated when you’re with other men, holding prolonged eye contact with you and getting defensive around other men.He naturally says itIt could be the case that he naturally calls everyone dude.
If that is the case then it would be likely that you would notice that he calls other people dude.It could still be the case that he has feelings for you but you would have to consider other aspects of his body language and behavior to figure that out.He doesn’t want a relationship with youThe reason that he called you dude could be that he wanted to tell you that he doesn’t want a relationship.
If that is why he said it then it would be likely that he would show distancing behaviors in his body language which could include:Pointing his feet away from youAvoiding eye contact with youCrossing his arms and legs around youHaving tight lips around youPositioning himself not to be near you

Consider your relationship with him

The type of relationship that you have with him would have an impact on why he would call you dude.If he is your friend then it could be the case that he calls you dude because he is comfortable around you, because he wanted to show that he isn’t attracted to you or it might even have been that he wanted to see how you would react.
If it was a guy that you hadn’t met before then it would be more likely that he either naturally calls people dude or that he wanted to get a reaction out of you.

Consider how he interacts with other people

Comparing the way that he interacts with other people with the way that he interacts with you would also likely help you in understanding why he called you dude.If he calls other people dude and he shows the same body language around them as he shows around you then it would be more likely that he says it naturally.
Whereas, if he only says it to you and he changes his body language around you then it would be more likely that he said it because he is attracted to you and he wanted to see how you would react or it was for the opposite reason.

Consider multiple aspects of his body language

When considering his body language it would be helpful to consider clusters of his body language at a time.Single body language signals can often have multiple different meanings making them unreliable on their own.
Whereas, if he shows multiple body language signals that all suggest the same thing then it would be much more likely that he is showing them for that particular reason.

Think about how he reacts to seeing you

The way that he initially reacts to seeing you will also be a useful thing to consider when trying to understand how he feels about you.If he reacts to seeing you by mirroring your body language, raising his eyebrows and smiling, uncrossing his arms, sitting upright, his pupils dilate and he makes space for you then it would be a positive sign and suggest that he is attracted to you.
If he reacts by crossing his arms, pointing his feet away from you, squinting and tensing his jaw then it would be negative and suggest that he doesn’t want to see you.RelatedWhat does it mean when a guy calls you man? It could be that he naturally says it to everyone, it could be that he feels comfortable around you, he might be trying to get a reaction out of you or he might be trying to show that he isn’t attracted to you.What does it mean when a guy calls you bro? He might call everyone bro naturally, he might consider your a friend, he might have wanted to get a reaction to you, or he might have been showing a lack of interest.
If a guy calls you dude are you friendzoned? Not necessarily. He might call you dude on purpose to make you think about him. You should consider if he shows attraction in his body language when he is around you.
If you want to learn more about body language, a book I would recommend would be The Definitive Book of Body Language (on Amazon). It shows you how to interpret body language and understand people"s true intentions.

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