It might seem a little backward, but one of the hardest texts to read into is a simple compliment.
When a guy calls you cute, it could mean a thousand different things.
Should you take it at face value? Could it be the first steps of a guy friend admitting he’s secretly crushing on you? Or could it mean nothing at all?
Those are all questions you might be wondering as you try to decide what to text back when a guy calls you cute.
We’ll break the situation down for you. No matter what you’re feeling, we’ll discuss what you can say to him in response.
But let’s go over some other questions you may need answered first.
Is it a Bad Thing to be Called Cute?
There are many women out there who think that being called cute isn’t such a great thing. Some feel that it’s better to call a woman sexy, beautiful, or anything more mature than just cute.
We wholeheartedly disagree with that. For some guys (especially shy ones), cute is sort of like a gateway compliment.
It can be a way for him to dip his toe into the water and test how you’re feeling. Also, it’s kind of like an all-encompassing compliment.
Cute can mean that he thinks you’re sweet, bubbly, fun to be around, or that he enjoys your company – maybe all of the above. Those are all good things to be.
At the end of the day, keep in mind that just because he thinks you’re cute, doesn’t mean that he doesn’t find you beautiful or sexy. You can be all those things at once.
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What is Your Relationship with Him Like?
Another thing to consider is what sort of relationship you have, as well. This innocent compliment takes on all kinds of meanings in different situations.
For instance, if it’s coming from a guy you’re currently just friends with, it could be him showing that he potentially sees you more than a friend.
Is it a guy who you’ve been dating or talking to for awhile? You can take it for the compliment it is, because he’s just telling you that he finds you sweet and attractive.
Coming from a guy you’ve just met, it’s a way to test the waters around you. He’s expressing interest in you in a way that doesn’t make him super vulnerable.
What to Text Back When a Guy Calls You Cute
Thank him for the compliment!
You’d thank anyone else for complimenting you, so there’s no reason not to do the same here. From his perspective, he’ll see that you appreciate when he goes out on a limb to make you feel good.
This is particularly true for shy guys. If he seems like the reserved type, he probably had to psych himself up just to give you this seemingly small compliment.
No matter what the circumstances are, by thanking him, you could be encouraging him to do it again if that’s what you want.
Add something extra to your “thank you” text if you like him, because a plain thank you can be a little cold or boring. Use an emoji or an expression like “aw!” to show your pleasure.
However, if you’re definitely not into him, just go with a polite thank you and say nothing more. Unless he’s refused to get the hint before, there’s no need to be rude.
Examples: “Thank you so much! You’re so sweet. <3” or “Thanks!” (A little cooler, closes the door on future flirting from him if you’re not feeling it.)
Compliment him in return.
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You can easily flip it around on him by complimenting him back. This is perfect for when you’re crushing on him.
He’s already complimented you, which opens the way for you to tell him something you like about him. And since he was the one who complimented you first, you won’t look desperate or fake here.
Use this method, and he’ll be impressed by how smooth you can be.
Examples: “Aw! I think you’re cute, too.” Or “Thanks, handsome. ;)”
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Let him know how it made you feel.
This is one of the best ways to encourage him. Gushing to him just a little about how it made you feel gives him a clear green light for talking to you this way.
If he knows his compliment made you feel really good, it could become a more regular occurrence. He just might not be able to stop himself if he knows he gets a blush from you every time.
On the other hand, you can also tell him that you’re not into it, although we suggest doing this very gently. We think it works best when it’s the first time he’s given you an unwanted compliment.
Examples: “You’re making me blush…” or “Thanks for the compliment, but I’m not sure I’m comfortable with that.”
Ignoring it should be your absolute last resort. We suggest doing it only for the guy who keeps hitting on you when you’re not interested, despite you being honest with him about your feelings already.
For guys who just aren’t getting your not-so-subtle hints, you can go about this method two ways. The first one is by not answering his text at all.
It’s the harsher method, but we know that sometimes, desperate times call for desperate measures. Hopefully, he’ll get the message loud and clear.
Your second option here is to continue the conversation with him as if he hadn’t said anything at all about you being cute. Because it’s gentler, he has the opportunity to save face by going along with the rest of the conversation.
Which one should you do? That depends on whether or not you want to keep him around.
Is he a friend that you like having in your life? Then by all means, go with the gentler method.
What if he’s a guy you just met who won’t stop flirting with you? Then feel free to go the harsher way.
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Do Not Do These Things When He Calls You Cute
Just like you’ve got some choices on what to do in response to him calling you cute, there are definitely some things you shouldn’t do.
Stay away from these three common responses, and you’ll be golden:
Deny it or be self-deprecating.
You might feel like you should deny his compliment to seem humble or if you’re struggling with low self-esteem. Avoid doing it.
Why? He’ll think you’re being insincere and that you’re just fishing for more compliments.
If it’s a matter of low self-esteem, remember this: just because you don’t think you’re cute, doesn’t mean he’s not seeing you that way. He’s looking at you with a completely different pair of eyes, and clearly he’s liking what he sees.
Get cocky about it.
This is the exact opposite of being down on yourself. Rather than say you don’t feel cute or that his compliment is misplaced, you might snap it up and act as if it’s only to be expected that he finds you cute.
Acknowledging him without thanking him through comments like, “I know” makes you seem self-absorbed. Further down the road, saying something like that might be funny, but when you don’t know him well, it just looks obnoxious.
We’re not saying you shouldn’t be confident. We encourage you to embrace yourself and own it…
…but there’s a difference between being cocky and being confident. If that doesn’t convince you, remember that he might have had to work up the courage to tell you he thinks you’re cute in the first place.
Responding with something like, “Tell me something I don’t know!” might just send a shy guy running like the wind from you.
Take it too seriously.
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He told you he thinks you’re cute, which is great!
But don’t forget that it doesn’t mean he’s telling you he’s head over heels for you. In other words, don’t read into it too much.
Don’t take his compliment and run with it, thinking that now is the time to tell him you’re madly in love with him or anything.
It’s okay to get excited. You should be!
But it’s still just one compliment. Take it for what it is, do a little happy dance, and then keep on blowing his mind like the amazing woman you are.
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We get it. Texting guys can be a confusing experience, because every word could mean so many things.
It can be even harder to keep his interest through text alone. Is it even possible to make him fall in love with you through text?
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