It depends on the man. Some men appreciate being called cute and find it flattering. Other men find it offensive and demeaning.
Each man is unique, as are his feelings about intended compliments. Are there other terms that men prefer?
Let’s take a look at different terms of endearment that your man may or may not like.
That depends on how well you know him. If it is someone you just met, you likely will not be able to tell.
On the other hand, if you have been dating for a while, you should have an idea of how he will react.
Then you will have no clue as to how he will respond to being called cute. He is probably someone you will never see again.
So, if he is apparently offended by the term, you can just move forward with your life. However, it might be a good conversation starter. Who knows?
Anyone can call a guy cute if that’s what they think.
Whether it is a harmless flirtation or coming from someone who wants to be his romantic partner, he will usually respond well to it. It is a way of expressing that you think this man is attractive.
Again, it depends on the individual. However, if he is an ultra-masculine man like perhaps a bodybuilder, an athlete, or a guy who works at a blue-collar job, he might be put off by being called cute.
He may take it as a sign that he is not masculine enough.
If you meant it as a compliment, and he takes it as an insult, the odds are you won’t get along with him very well.
He may have an abrasive and touchy personality and be someone who takes himself too seriously.
In that case, apologize to him and make that the end of it. Don’t bother pursuing a relationship with him.
There are a lot of men who would resent being called beautiful, lovely, or graceful, too. These sorts of terms are typically applied to women.
They would think these words are not manly enough and could be put off by being described as one of those things.
There are a number of suitable terms for expressing pleasure towards a man without calling him cute or something equally feminine. Let’s take a look:
Men enjoy hearing words of appreciation or words that allude to the type of person he is.
If he is your spouse, you might compliment his nice gestures towards you or his parenting skills. Telling him how you feel about him is also a strong desire of his.
Most men do. It means the other person finds them way more attractive than the average male and that he is desirable.
Contrary to rumors, calling a man sexy does not imply that person wants to have those kinds of relations with him.
If he is an older man, provided you already know him, yes, it is acceptable.
If you are saying it to a stranger or someone you barely know, he will likely think you are strange.
On the other hand, if he is a young man, he should find it very flattering. It shows him you are interested in getting to know him better.
“Pretty” is a term typically used to describe a woman. If you tell a guy he is pretty, he will often take it as a derogatory statement.
There are exceptions to this though. If the man has an extremely feminine side that he is proud of, he should take it as a compliment.
Your tone of voice when you say it will make a difference as well.
Besides cute, a popular and more modern term is hottie or stud muffin. Sometimes when in a group, a person will refer to a man as adorable or precious.
Any of these will get across your point that you want to know him better.
This is another word where your tone of voice matters. Do you say it in a sarcastic tone or one of admiration? Are you saying it out of annoyance at him or reverence?
Most of the time couples will refer to each other as darling. In that case, it is fine.
It depends on his personality and your relationship with him. Most of the time, “handsome” is appropriate.
This is especially true if you have a personal relationship with him. If the man has a more carefree personality, he may prefer the word cute.
To this person, the word “handsome” may sound rather stuffy.
In that case, if you call him cute in a strictly platonic sense, he will take it as a compliment.
If you use it as part of an attempt to come onto him, he will be offended.
Used that way, it implies you want to have a relationship with him. He will view that as disrespectful to his mate and himself.
It can if the intention behind it is serious and not sarcastic. He will be able to tell the difference by the way you say it. Men do like to be thought of as special.
If the guy has shown an interest in you and you want to reciprocate, then calling him cute will do that.
Now he knows you think he is special, and perhaps a relationship is in your future.
If there is a guy in your life, and he is having a bad day, throwing a compliment his way can improve his mood.
In such an instance, calling him cute or handsome will make him forget about the bad parts.
Now he can focus on good things, like your relationship. It could even make him smile again.
If you are trying to court a man whom you do not know very well, then using a term such as “cute” could get him to open up to you.
Please note, there is a difference between getting him out of his shell and getting him to talk to you. That means calling him cute will be fine for him.
Many couples that have been together for a while will call each other baby. They mean it as a term of endearment.
There is something very romantic about a deep manly voice calling his mate baby.
Sometimes women will call their partner baby regardless of gender. That is just fine with him.
Sometimes you just cannot tell if a man likes to be called cute or anything else. You can always ask him. This is particularly true if he is older.
His perception may have changed with time. There is nothing wrong with asking him. You know the saying – better safe than sorry.