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What Does it Mean When a Guy Calls you Bro? 4 Possible Things

What Does it Mean When a Guy Calls you Bro? 4 Possible Things

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Text speak can be difficult to understand, especially when you first start texting with someone new.

If you’re not careful, you can easily misinterpret what something relatively harmless means – or miss an important cue, such as a guy who really likes you.

For example, “bro” may appear innocent or friendly, but what does it mean when a guy calls you bro frequently?

As I’ll explain in this article, it can mean different things to different guys (and girls)!

What Does It Really Mean When a Guy Calls you “Bro”?


A guy calling you bro may indicate that he likes you and is doing it on purpose. This is more likely if he only says it to you and exhibits other signs of attraction around you.

He could also say it to annoy you or to show that he is not attracted to you.

Given that there are numerous reasons why a guy might call you bro, it is critical to consider his body language as well as the context in which he said it.

Remember to also consider your personal situation when reading between the lines and determining what a guy is really feeling when texting you.

This will make it easier for you to understand why he would refer to you as bro.

That being said, here are the most common meanings of “bro” from a guy:

1: He friend-zoned you.

The first reason is that he is simply not interested in a romantic relationship with you.

Yes, I know this is obvious, but I have to address it because it’s one of the most common reasons for a guy calling a girl “bro”.

He may have called you bro as a subtle way of indicating that he does not want to be in a relationship with you.

If that’s why he called you bro, it could be because you were showing him signs of attraction, or at least he thought you were.

Guys who use the term bro with a female friend may just want to be friends.

Keep an eye out for if he:

  • He isn’t flirting with you in any way.
  • Almost never touches you, not even with a hug.
  • Talks about other girls with you.

This can be a difficult pill to swallow if you like him. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of other fish in the sea!

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2: He feels very comfortable around you.

The second reason could be that he feels very comfortable around you.

Calling a girl “bro” from a guy’s perspective can simply mean that they are comfortable with you and regard you as one of their own.

I called my crush bro, but I didn’t friendzone her. It simply means that I am at ease around her.

This could be interpreted in two ways:

  • it could mean that he has grown comfortable around you because he has begun to use mannerisms and titles that are typically reserved for people who have strong bonds with each other,
  • or it could mean that he has begun to think of you as a close friend who he can relate to as a guy, because guys tend to be able to relate to each other a lot more than girls.

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3: He’s into you and wants to see how you’ll react.

The third reason why a guy called you “bro” is that he may have done it on purpose in order to see how you would react.

He may have wanted to see your reaction because he likes you but isn’t sure if you like him, so he wanted to see if you would respond positively.

If that is the case, he would most likely have only called you bro once and would have displayed signs of attraction in his body language, which could include:

  • He stands or sits close to you
  • He touches you often and in a non-sexual way
  • His voice changes when he talks to you
  • He looks happy when he’s around you
  • He looks for reasons to do things together
  • He never seems to want to leave
  • He “mirrors” your own body language

If he does one or more of the things listed above, there’s a good chance he’s into you and called you “bro” just to see how you react.

And since you are reading this, he clearly succeeded in doing that.

So congrats!

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4: He just uses it with everybody.

When speaking to someone, calling them bro is pretty normal in some cultures.

In Greece, for example, calling someone bro is part of the everyday language of most young people.

It’s possible he called you bro because he’s from one of these cultures and was addressing you in the same way he addresses others.

We’ve all met a few guys who constantly say “bro.” “Hey, bro, great game last night.” Have you seen it with any other bros?”

Some men are naturally gifted with words and have an elegant romantic sense. Most men, however, do not! Your guy might not know how else to express his feelings for you.

If that was the case, he would most likely have been calling other people bro as well.

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Final Thoughts

When a guy calls a girl “bro”, it can mean a few different things.

It might be a sign of respect, indicating that he sees her as an equal. Alternatively, it could be a way of teasing or making fun of her, in which case it wouldn’t be meant as a compliment.

Or, it could simply be a friendly nickname that he’s giving her. Ultimately, the meaning of the term will depend on the context and the tone in which it’s used.

If you’re not sure what a guy means when he calls you “bro”, the best thing to do is to ask him directly.

That way, you’ll avoid any misunderstandings and be able to figure out whether or not he actually sees you as a friend.

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