What to Say When Someone Calls You Cute?

How to reply to such a phrase if you hear it from a close friend or a strange person.

Written by Kate Holmsy. Updated on What to Say When Someone Calls You Cute

We all like when other people say something pleasant to us. Compliments make us feel flattered and pleased because we realize that someone has noticed our strong sides and valued them high. However, we may sometimes feel uncertain of how to respond to such compliments correctly.

For example, if a strange guy in a cafe suddenly tells you that you are cute, the majority of girls would definitely feel flattered but at the same time surprised and embarrassed!

How to respond when someone calls you cute like that?

How to stay polite but still not to get too personal with someone whom you don’t even know (or barely know)?

All this might seem too complicated and twisted for you at first sight, but in fact, it is pretty easy to figure these things out! In this article that is waiting for you below, you will find all the answers that you were looking for regarding the issue of what to say in response when someone calls you cute.

We will provide you with quite a few variants of answers that can be given in this situation.

You will learn how to reply both politely and still keep your private borders. But except for these safe and all-time-use replies, you are also going to learn what guys actually mean when they call you cute.

Believe us, quite many of you will be surprised to hear the true underground of this common phrase!

How to Respond to Someone Calling You Cute?

Well, we are sure that you are quite a pretty girl, so whenever someone calls you cute, that must hardly come as a shock for you! However, the tricky thing about this common compliment is that, when it arrives, most of you would stumble not knowing how to reply correctly!

And naturally, instead of mumbling something uncertain, you would like to give a nice and polite response.

So here is the first hint for you on how to respond to someone calling you cute: consider who exactly is saying that. Is it your close friend? Is it your boyfriend? Is it a stranger?

The second hint you should keep in mind is whether or not you want to reply.

Yes, it can also happen: a guy tells you that you are cute but…you feel like you would rather be somewhere far away from him right now than trying to find a suitable response!

So once you define yourself about these two factors, it will be much easier for you to figure out how to reply to “you are cute”. However, since this compliment may arrive rather unexpectedly, we would still like to share a list of the best replies so that you could always be a lady in any situation!

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How to Respond to You’re Cute Text When It’s a Crush?

If you hear or receive these words from a guy that you are in love with, your answer will be definitely and totally different from what you would say to a common stranger!

Naturally, it is a very heart-warming experience to hear these words from a man whom you care for and you feel affection for.

And since such a compliment may arrive quite unexpectedly for you, grab a few answers that will always be handy and help you to answer nicely.

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You Must Be Looking At a Mirror

This is a flirty response for when you want your crush to know that you feel the same way as he/she does.

A mirror shows a reflection, and you are simply saying that he/she must be talking about him/herself too; you are basically saying that you find him/her cute too.

You Must Be Looking At a Mirror
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Related: How to Respond to a Narcissist Text? 

Coming From You, That Means a Lot!

This response is great in case you have been trying to tell your crush about your feelings but you could not find the appropriate moment. See, when you use this response, your crush will most likely ask you what you mean by that.

This is the perfect opportunity for you to express your true feelings!

You can use this moment to see what could blossom from it. It means it’s a compliment that you really appreciate because it is coming from him/her.

Coming From You, That Means a Lot!
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Related: How to Respond When He Finally Texts You Back?

I Guess That Hanging Out With You Rubbed Off On Me

With this reply, you are returning the compliment. It means the reason that you are so cute is that some of his/her cuteness has rubbed off on you, figuratively speaking, of course.

This will likely make your crush smile. You can follow it up with something like, “I need to keep you around so that it doesn’t wear off.” You can also say, “I guess that I should stick around you a bit longer.”

I Guess That Hanging Out With You Rubbed Off On Me
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Sorry, You Must Have Mistaken Me For Someone Else. I Get That a Lot

This is a good way to accept a compliment while appearing humble. It means your crush, perhaps, thinks that you are somebody else whom he/she finds good-looking.

When you say something like this, your crush is likely going to follow up by dismissing it or expressing how he/she sees you; you may also hear how he/she feels about you.

I Guess That Makes Two Of Us! That’s Something Else We Have In Common!

You are calling your crush cute while accepting the compliment.

It is also a way to show your crush that you might work well together because you are both cute.

Your crush may even inquire about the “something else” in your response, and you can follow it up with other things that you have in common; this might make your crush more interested in you, perhaps even sparking a deeper conversation.

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What to Say When a Guy Calls You Cute But You Are Not Interested

When you receive any compliment from a person whom you are not interested in (especially if it is a guy), you will most likely feel a bit awkward and confused, or even uncomfortable, while trying to figure out how to reply to that.

The tricky thing about answering in this situation is that you either need to let that person down easily, which can be made by changing the topic, or you can accept the compliment humbly.

There is another variant, though, that quite few girls are using: just make it clear at once that you don’t feel the same way as he does.

So to make things easier for you, we have prepared five different variants of answers. Take them and use them for your good!

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Thank You. I Appreciate That

This is a pretty common response that shows you are humbly accepting the compliment, and you don’t want to prolong the conversation any further than that. You are also showing that you don’t want to make him/her feel bad.

When you say this, the chances are that he/she will take the hint and change the topic or leave.

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Thanks. That Was Very Kind Of You.

This is a very neutral and polite answer that shows you appreciate the person’s attention but you are not willing to move beyond that.

Say it calmly with a light smile, and change the topic.

Like this, your interlocutor will clearly understand that you don’t want to talk about this anymore.

Thanks. That Was Very Kind Of You.
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I Know. Thanks.

Yep, this response sounds kind of cocky, but it works great when you want to move on from what was just said. It can show how confident you are, meaning you don’t need him to comment on your appearance.

It might turn the person away from you, or it may even give him a reason to not like you anymore (if it’s taken in the wrong way).

However, if you initially are not interested, then who cares at all?!

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Well, At Least, Someone Other Than My Parents Think So!

This is good to use when the compliment catches you off guard. It is humorous and can make the situation feel less awkward.

The fact that you joked it off may give him/her the indication that you don’t see him/her in the same way.

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Oh, Thanks! I Took a Shower Today!

This is another funny response that you can use to say that you did a little something different this morning.

It doesn’t mean that you don’t actually take showers. The person will likely pick up on the joke, making this awkward situation something that can be laughed off.

Just Smile And Nod

This is a good response when you don’t want to say anything that might make him/her feel bad or awkward.

It is vague and will not lead him/her on. You are also being very nice about it. You can likely walk away afterwards, without saying anything to avoid the person from replying all together.

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How to Reply to Someone Calling You Cute If He Or She Is a Friend

Finally, the answer you give to “you are cute” that comes from your friend will be completely different compared to the one that you might want to give to your crush or to a guy whom you feel no interest in.

For instance, with a friend, you can just joke it off! A thing that should never be done with your boyfriend or your crush unless you are absolutely sure that he understands it right!

However, it is fine if you return the compliment to your mate by saying something the same sweet in response. There are many ways in which you can do this, but you will anyway want to bear in mind one rule of thumb: the type of friendship you share with this person needs to be considered!

And this should be done before selecting an appropriate response. For example, if your friend is very sensitive, he/she may not get the intended joke.

In the worst case, your friend can even feel bad about what you have just said!

So to avoid such a sad scenario, grab a few answers that you can safely give to a friend when he or she calls you cute without being afraid of hurting that person unintentionally.

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Ok. So What Do You Want?

This is a good response for a joking moment, when you want to be light-hearted with your friend.

It’s as if you’re saying that he/she is only being nice to you because he/she wants something from you, which of course is probably not true.

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Damn, I Wish I Could Say the Same About You!

This response is a joke, and it means that you can’t return the compliment because your friend isn’t cute.

Your friend will likely find it funny, which means you can both laugh about it together. If he/she doesn’t get the joke, you should explain it so that it doesn’t hurt his/her feelings.

Damn, I Wish I Could Say the Same About You!
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I Could Tell You How to Do It, But You Would Have to Pay Me!

This is another funny response that you can use when your friend calls you cute. It means that he/she isn’t cute, but you could help out for the right reward!

Whoa, There, There, Man, Are You Hitting On Me? I’m Already Taken, Sorry!

If you and your friend joke around like this, then this response can be received as super funny.

It just means that your friend is being nicer than usual, and there must be a reason.

However, you aren’t interested in knowing why! Plus, it could be even funnier if you aren’t actually in a relationship.

Whoa, There, There, Man, Are You Hitting On Me I’m Already Taken, Sorry!
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Ok, But Have You Seen Yourself?

This response is good in a moment when you want to return the compliment to your friend.

It means that he/she is just as cute as you are, and the focus should probably be on him/her instead of on you. It will make your friend feel good about him/herself.

Ok, But Have You Seen Yourself
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What It Means When a Guy Says You Are Cute

It may seem to be pretty clear what the meaning of this compliment is, but when it comes from a guy, he can actually mean quite different things! For example, when calling you cute, he can mean both your inner and outer beauty!

If a guy says you are cute, they mean you are charming.

If it’s someone you are not acquainted with, only say thanks. But if this is someone you know, it could be that they are attracted to. A good response would be ‘I’m glad you think that way’ or ‘I’m glad you think I am’.

So now you know what it means when a guy calls you cute, and how to reply if he is your friend, a crush, or a stranger.

With that in mind, we guess that you will hardly be ever confused by this compliment, even if it arrives unexpectedly!

Frequently Asked Questions

⭐ Is it ok to respond to a girl saying “you’re cute” the same way I’d reply to a guy?

Yes, it’s ok!

⭐ If I tell a guy that he’s cute, would that be acceptable?

Why not? Of course you can tell that to him!

⭐ What shall I do if a guy just doesn't piss off me after I let him know I’m not interested? I don’t want to be rude.

Well, you might not want to be rude, but if a person doesn’t understand the word “no” being said politely, then you will have to!

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