Despite the coldness of dictionary definitions, it is clear that the word sweetheart implies a certain degree of connection, positive feelings, and intimacy between the persons involved. Even though it doesn’t always mean a romantic interest in the other person, it may happen. So what does it mean when a guy calls you sweetheart, it actually depends on various factors.
According to the definitions listed in dictionaries, sweetheart is usually used:
1: as a term of endearment and an informal term of address
2: to refer to someone who is loved (often a romantic partner)
3: to refer to a likable person, denoting mostly kindness, gentleness, generosity
4: to refer to a remarkable, unique person
Sometimes, the word sweetheart might be the verbal expression of lust and passion. The same way as the Argentinian tango can be interpreted as the vertical physical expression of a latent horizontal desire. To get back on track, in today’s article, we will try to analyze what may hide behind this positive word, especially when it comes from a guy. Let’s take a look at some possible scenarios.
Guy Calls You Sweetheart
1. Does he use the word sweetheart frequently…with everybody?
As we have already pointed out, sweetheart denotes positive feelings towards a person. And does not always imply romantic interest. If the guy uses the word with all his family members and friends, it most likely means that he values you and genuinely cares about you. On the other hand, if he uses the word indiscriminately (i.e. family, friends, acquaintances, or even strangers), the word sweetheart might be just a figure of speech or a verbal tic. In this case, it means absolutely nothing.
Alarm rings should be ringing loudly if he only uses this word when talking to potential girlfriend material. Maybe he is on the hunt, waiting patiently for the prey to fall. And you don’t want to play that role, trust us. On the contrary, if you are the only one he calls sweetheart, there are good chances for him to be into you!
2. Have you been dating for a while, and he suddenly starts to call you sweetheart?
While some guys express feelings through physical touch, others opt for the so-called ‘love language’. And sweetheart falls under that category. If you have been dating for a while and your guy begins to call you sweetheart, it is a clear sign that your relationship is progressing.
He calls you sweetheart might be a clear indicator that he feels comfortable with you, and he is getting ready to share it all with you: hopes, dreams, fears, dark secrets, etc. However, keep in mind that words mean little to nothing without actions. A guy who is falling for you will put in the effort.
Some signs reinforce that sweetheart nickname: he will want you to meet his friends and family, pays attention to details, his plans start with the word ‘we’, worries about your wellbeing and happiness, wants to spend time with you, is always there for you, strives to get to know you, and the list can go on.
3. Have you just started dating, and he already calls you sweetheart?
A relationship needs to move at a healthy pace… for both partners. Be cautious if you have just met and he already calls you, sweetheart. He is either rushing things to attain a goal, or he is genuinely into you, and, to some extent, he is subtly forcing you to reciprocate his feelings.
4. Have you been friends for a long time, and he suddenly starts to call you sweetheart?
If you have known each other for a long time and he suddenly starts to call you sweetheart, he might have developed feelings for you and is now trying to get out of the ‘friends zone’. Since there is confidence, you can talk openly about the situation and clear your doubts.
However, if you prefer to give him time to open up, you can pay attention to the other signs we have already talked about and see if he is falling for you.
5. You have just met, and he calls you sweetheart
Calling a girl sweetheart when you have just met her can come across as childish and may significantly reduce a guy’s chances to start a relationship with the girl that caught his attention.
However, some guys use this word as a starting point for flirting. What happens next depends exclusively on whether the girl decides to follow through or walks away. Let’s be honest: if you feel attracted to the guy, you will get over the ‘sweetheart’ hook, and you will, at least, give yourself the chance to get to know him a little.
6. What if he calls you sweetheart, and you don’t know if it was an accident or he meant it?
Well, accidents happen. That’s undeniable. And maybe the word just slept out. In this case, he will look embarrassed and might even apologize for it.
However, if he looks confident when he says it, it might signify that he wants to be more than just an acquaintance or a friend. He might have called you sweetheart to put you to the test and see your reaction. If you react positively, he might be already planning his next move.
The truth is that deciphering what a guy means when he calls you sweetheart can be tricky. But analyzing his body language when he is calling you sweetheart, the context in which he says it, the way he talks to other people, and – above all – his actions when he is around you can offer you valuable hints on the way he feels about you and what he expects from you.
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