What does it mean when a guy calls you "Babe" or "Bae"?
A guy you know suddenly starts calling you baby and you have no idea why he's doing it? Don't worry, this nickname is about as confusing as it gets.
Romance is a little harder to understand in this generation. With the games being played and all those signals that mean something else entirely, we can only have questions. Relationships can change very quickly once we start giving each other pet names, and the most controversial is "baby." The use of babe has become so common that it can confuse anyone as to what a person actually means when they call you that. We're starting to wonder if the guy is into us or if it's just a casual nickname he gives to everyone. Who knows!
Before you go around in circles trying to figure out what this guy means, you need to understand what kind of relationship you already have with him. From there you can get an idea of what he is trying to imply to you. Here are some clues that may help you figure out what he's trying to tell you.
1He's trying to flirt
When guys try to be polite and flirt, his pet name for you will be "babe". That's because Babe is a very subtle pet name and isn't that intense. That being said, he doesn't want you to run off and think he's a weirdo if he calls you either "honey" or "sweetheart". These pet names seem to be a lot more intense and definitely a lot more affectionate. He can casually flirt with you without freaking you out. He knows that you might blush when he calls you baby because it's cute and that's what he wants. Right now, he's just trying to let you know he's interested in you.
2He finds you attractive
There are a few ways this situation can go when a guy calls you babe and thinks you're attractive. Of course you have these guys who walk up to you, talk a little and then slip in, baby, while you're at it (reread the first one to know what I'm talking about). Then the other situation is when he is literally describing you. Babe in this case becomes more of an adjective than a term of endearment. He would basically just tell you, "You're such a baby." He wants you to know that you've got his attention and that he's definitely checking you out. Not sure how babe equates to attractive or what that rate is on the attractive scale, but guys use it.
3He is lazy
Babe has become a universal word for everyone, which is pretty unfortunate. It's literally the least loving word anyone can call you in the dating world because friends can also call each other babe. We even changed the word babe to "bae," but that's another story. Besides, when a guy calls you babe, he doesn't even want to come up with a unique pet name to give you. If you talk to him constantly or have been together for a while and he doesn't change his pet name, keep an eye out. He doesn't bother to combine who you are with a special name he wants to give you.
4He's testing you
It's not exactly the test you expect, but most of the time you won't even know you're being tested. Guys would call you babe just to see how you react to it afterwards. It's similar to us women asking a man a question and we know the answer but we just want to see what he's going to tell us. Because of this reaction, he can see where you both stand. This test is either the be-all and end-all for him. If he realizes you're not into it and hits him with a friend zone response, or just ignores the fact that he called you babe, he'll get the gist of your relationship. But if you call him back babe or reply him with cute emojis, you can make his day better than you expected. But you don't have to! If you can't see him as a friend, don't waste his time and stick with him.
5The name changer
To the guys who asked your name, continue the conversation and then call you babe – there is a high chance he calls you babe because he can’t remember your name. To be honest, he wasn't really interested in knowing your name because he just wanted to talk to you. In his mind, you were just another woman on his list to date over time. Before he tries to move, you can ask him if he remembers your name. This can be the perfect escape if you don't feel it and avoiding someone so rude! Or maybe he just didn't hear you the first time, but I'll give these guys the benefit of the doubt. He obviously could have asked again.
6He wants your attention
Shouting "Babe!" has the same effect when someone says "Hey!" to get your attention. If someone shouts "Babe!" at random, you'll most likely see who shouted it at you. This usually happens when you are in a crowded area and it is difficult to get your attention because there are so many people. The only difference in this case is that you know this guy finds you attractive, so be prepared to hear something crazy afterwards, or maybe he'll surprise you and be a gentleman. Just know, as soon as you stop, he will try to flirt with you.
7He's a show off
Just as he wants your attention, he wants attention from his friends. Often guys challenge each other to do things to pick up girls and of course guys start calling girls babes. He wants to bring his alpha male to the table and let not only you but his friends know that he has confidence in himself. He's got so much confidence that he can call any girl he wants, baby. When you see a group of men staring from afar as he tries to speak to you, you know you may have been part of a challenge.
8He hits you
Guys will do anything to get the girl they have their eyes on, and that means making it through sweet talking. Hate to admit it, women tend to fall in love with men who compliment them and tell them nice things. Women try to resist it because we consciously know what these guys are doing, but for some reason it usually works. That's why guys do it all the time. I mean, who doesn't love hearing good things about themselves that we already know? The only thing that can end up being a trap is the guy's intentions. A guy will immediately give you the nickname Babe as it is common. He knows you won't freak out about it since being called baby is pretty casual. Maybe you don't even realize he calls you that. But be careful, he might just be looking for a connection.
9He feels loving
There is a positive side to being called babe! believe it or not Most of the time you are aware that a guy is trying to turn you on or just to flirt, but there are moments when a guy will be affectionate. Although Babe has been overused by everyone, there is still a loving essence behind it as that was the main purpose behind the nickname. If you've been talking to a guy for a while and there's chemistry between the two of you, you better believe he calls you babe because he's marking his territory. As soon as he calls you babe, he wants everyone to know that you are his and that he is yours. This can be the first step in taking your relationship to the next level.
10It means nothing
On the other end of the spectrum, being called Babe is just another name for you. If you haven't noticed, Babe is commonly used in all types of relationships and it may just be another nickname for you. Forget it's a pet name because this guy throws babies around at every girl he meets. This is where it gets tricky because you don't know if he's trying to flirt with you. You need to be aware of how he treats you accordingly. If you're confused as to why he's calling you babe, just question it. It's best if you know what his intentions are or not than for it to stir up your friendship.