What Does It Mean When a Guy Kisses Your Forehead?

Updated on February 7, 2018
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I'm a writer that loves helping strangers on the Internet figure out their love lives.

Are they breaking up or are they in love?
Are they breaking up or are they in love?

So he kissed your forehead and now you're confused. Maybe it was after making out. Maybe it was while you were hugging. Maybe it was before he's ever kissed you on the lips.

No matter what, I'm here for you. I've got plenty of experience with guys kissing my forehead in all kinds of situations. OK, so not *that* many guys and not *that* many situations, but enough (hopefully) to help you out.

Let's get to it.

What Does It Mean When a Guy Kisses Your Forehead

Basicalllllly, a kiss on the forehead is a sign of affection and tenderness that's not overtly sexual. It's kind of like a kiss on the cheek. The main difference is that it's on your forehead.

Does that seem too simple? Well, maybe it is that simple. You don't have to make everything so complicated!

Why It Might Happen

  • A guy might kiss you on the forehead because he's taller than you, so if you're standing next to him and he wants to kiss you, your forehead is just this nice little platform that he can plant one on. How cute!
  • It can also feel like a slightly protective gesture, meaning that he's there for you and has your back. It's a nice feeling.
  • Or if you're in bed, and you are doing some cuddly-wuddlies, and your head is near his lips, then he might just mosey on over there and kiss you on the forehead to show you that he cares.
  • Forehead kisses mean a guy cares about you. When my boyfriend kisses me on the forehead (he's taller than me), it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
  • If a guy who is not your boyfriend who has not kissed you on the lips kisses you on the forehead, it could mean that he's not interested in you romantically, or that he is but he's waiting for the right moment to kiss you on the lips.

Notice how height plays a role here.
Notice how height plays a role here.

Here are some times when it might happen:

After Making Out

A kiss on the forehead after making out is a sign of tenderness and affection. He likes you more than just for sexy-times.

While Hugging

Like I mentioned above, if your boyfriend is taller than you (like mine is) it might be convenient for him to just give you a quick kiss on the forehead while you're hugging since it's practically like your forehead is going up to his lips and knocking at the door and saying, "Hello, please kiss me."

While Cuddling

Kisses on other non-lip parts of the face are part and parcel of the cuddling procedure. They are simply sweet signs that he cares about you. Sometimes affection comes out in words but sometimes it comes out in kisses.

While You're Sleeping

How do you know that he's kissing you if you're asleep! Are you pretending to sleep? I guess it's none of my business really but anywho . .

Kisses on the forehead in the night show that he cares. They're usually not creepy, though if he's trying to do anything else with you while you're asleep, that's bad news bears. He might not be someone you want in bed with you at night.

“The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.”

— Marilyn Monroe

If He Only Kisses You on the Forehead or Has Only Kissed You on the Forehead

Most of the above situations are for people in kissy situations where other kinds of kisses are happening regularly. If this is not the case for you, and you and he have only exchanged a single forehead kiss, then it could mean:

  1. He's not romantically interested in you.
  2. He is romantically interested in you but wasn't sure if he could go for a kiss on the lips.

My advice: wait and see. If he texts or calls or asks to hang out with you again and go on another date, then changes are he'll go for kiss on the lips at that time. If not, then, go find yourself a man who will!

Good luck!


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      H. L. 2 months ago

      It's accurate enough -- I kiss the majority of my female friends on the forehead. Granted, at some point in our history, we've either had a fling or could've had something worthwhile... So the interest comment is semi-spot on too. Essentially, I do it as a way of showing some form of connection & support. Pretty much setting boundaries for myself.

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      Sherry loika 2 months ago

      I’m gonna hope this article is accurate lol. I was with this guy several years ago confusing as hell ended up we just quit communicating. Well recently we started talking again but because of distance jobs kids etc we don’t get to see each other much...well we were together and after a session yes that kind there was lots of kissing then he goes from lips to forehead kiss when we’re saying our goodbyes. Like I got affection from the kissing but the last forehead kiss threw me off lol. I’m wandering where it’ll go this time secretly wanting it to go to eternity but not wanting to push so hopefully that forehead kiss is as you say a show of affection and that he cares for me as much as I do him. A gurl can wish right.