What If a Girl Calls You Bro? (11 Reasons and How to Answer)

You’re chillin’ with a girl you’d like to be more than just friends with when all of a sudden she calls you “bro”.

Now maybe you’re panicking a little, and you don’t know what to do. Don’t worry, that’s what we’re here for.

What if a girl calls you bro?

When a girl calls you bro, it can mean many things. The most common reasons are that she calls everyone bro, she is hiding her feeling from you, or you’re just being friendzoned. But there is a way to find out exactly what it is and what to do about it. Read on.

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What If a Girl Calls You Bro

What does it mean if a girl calls you bro?

1. She calls everyone bro.

Maybe the girl is just used to calling everyone “bro”. If she talks about you to other people, she might say things like:

Oh, I was hanging out with my bro yesterday.

She could also just be calling everyone by that name because this is the way her family and friends talk. Maybe she wants to fit in and doesn’t want to be excluded from conversations.

In this case, you’re good. Don’t worry about the fact that she calls you bro most of the time and don’t try to change her. If all her friends and family talk like that, then she’s probably pretty comfortable with calling everyone “bro”.

If, however, she only refers to you as “bro”, it could mean that you’re just a friend.

2. You are in a friendzone

Another possible reason is that she sees you just as a friend. She doesn’t have a romantic interest in you.

A girl may feel too awkward to be affectionate towards the guy she views as her “bro” because it feels inappropriate. If this is why she’s acting like this, let her know how you feel about her in a friendly, not pushy, way.

If she doesn’t see you as anything more than a friend, that’s okay. Just because someone is not interested in you romantically, it doesn’t mean they aren’t worth having around.

Don’t lose this friendship because of one romantic rejection or misunderstanding. Take some time to clear your head and think about how you feel towards her before you decide whether or not you want to keep your friendship.

If she really is a good friend to you, don’t lose her because of some romantic interest on your end that isn’t mutual.

3. She is hiding her feelings for you

Maybe she’s secretly crushing on you but doesn’t want to make such an intimate connection yet, hence she calls you a “bro”.

The use of bro may just be a way to hide her true feelings from you and everyone else, so they won’t suspect anything.

If you like each other and feel like acting on those feelings, bro can be turned into something more if both of you feel comfortable with it.

4. She is trying to be platonic

Just as a girl might use “bro” as a way to hide her feelings from you, she could also be using it as a “platonic mask”.

She may want to have the appearance of being platonic, so everyone will assume nothing is going on between you two.

If she’s genuinely just your friend and has no intention of acting on the sexual tension between you two, then that’s fine! You can’t change how other people think, and it sounds like this girl is a pretty good friend to have.

5. She trusts you

If she calls you bro, it may be because she sees you as a friend. She doesn’t really care if anyone thinks anything weird of her calling you bro because she doesn’t see it that way.

She trusts you and has no problem being close to you emotionally. If this is the case, congrats! When someone feels comfortable around you, it means a lot.

And eventually, it might become something more if that’s what you want.

6. She doesn’t want to make the first move

Maybe she’s not great at conveying her feelings but definitely wants something more with you. Maybe she’s too nervous or scared to take that step and tell you how she feels, so she takes another way.

If you’re on the same page and would like to be more than friends, bro can easily become something more too. Don’t shy away from this girl because she doesn’t know how to tell you what she wants or is afraid of rejection.

7. She’s testing the waters with you

Maybe she’s wondering if you’re attracted to her. If she sees you as a friend, this is really the only way she can see if there’s something more between you two or not.

If it seems like your relationship could be moving toward something more, but one of you is shy about expressing feelings, testing the waters by calling each other bro can help ease into things.

If you don’t want things to get more serious between you two, let her know without hurting her feelings.

8. She is not sure about her feelings

Maybe she sees you as a friend but doesn’t want to call you something more because she isn’t sure if that’s what she wants. She may also be afraid of the responsibility that comes with being so close to someone.

If this is how she feels, it shouldn’t matter whether or not you’re called bro. If there are more feelings on her end, she will probably make the first move.

If, however, you want to be more than friends and she’s not interested, let her know nicely. She might need time to get over a bad relationship or something else that is holding her back from feeling more towards you.

9. She is being playful

Sometimes people are afraid to admit their feelings, so they act like everything is normal, trying to be casual and playful. They may even make fun of you for how she’s acting around you or what she calls you (just not in a mean way).

She might be seeing if she can get a reaction out of you by calling you “bro” instead of something more affectionate. If this is the case, be clear about how you feel towards her. And how you respond to it.

If she’s ready to take the next step with you and see where things go, bro can easily turn into something more.

10. She is watching over you

She might be trying to protect you from getting hurt or being taken advantage of by others. Sometimes this can mean coming across as distant, emotionally shut down, or self-assured. But her intentions are good.

It’s like you’re her younger brother, so she is just being overprotective.

But if you don’t feel comfortable about this, you should let her know.

11. She is mad at you

She may be annoyed at you for something and isn’t sure how to tell you.

By calling you “bro,” she is distancing herself from the situation without causing any drama or making it awkward between the two of you.

If this is how she feels, you should try to understand where she’s coming from and why she might be feeling like this. If it’s over something trivial, apologize and work towards fixing things.

What to reply when a girl calls you bro?

When you’re being called bro by a girl, you should be honest and tell her how you feel about it. There is no reason to hold back and ignore it.

Explain to her that you don’t want to be called bro. That you don’t see her as your friend, and certainly not a bro.

You should be clear and tell her how you feel about her.

You don’t want to be her friend; you want to date her and let her know how you feel about it.

If she really isn’t interested in anything more than a friendship with you, let her know that you’re okay with that.

And leave the rest up to her.

You did your part, and you might have a good chance that she will start romantically thinking about you, and eventually, the friendship can turn into something more.

Just a little disclaimer. When you’re being honest and bold and telling her how you feel about her, there is a chance you might ruin your friendship. But ask yourself, do you want to stay in a friendship forever, or is it worth it to take the shot?

Now, probably the worst way how to reply is to backfire and tell her a “bro” or so. You think she’ll notice and won’t repeat it next time, but really you’re just reassuring her that “bro” is fine.

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If a girl calls you bro, are you friendzoned?

When a girl calls you bro, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in the friendzone. She could be saying it to everyone, or maybe she’s just trying to hide her feelings for you. The best thing you can do is to be honest and tell her how you feel about it and clarify your relationship.

She calls me bro but flirts with me – what?!

If she calls you a bro but flirts with you at the same time, then it’s a good sign.

She’s probably just teasing you and trying to get a reaction out of you.

Keep in mind that she’s probably just testing the waters to see how you respond to it.

If this is happening, it means she wants to know if you like her and what you want from your relationship.

Be honest and tell her how you feel about her. If she’s interested, she will let you know too. And eventually, the “bro” thing will disappear because it won’t be needed anymore.

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What does it mean when your crush calls you bro?

If your crush calls you bro, it can mean many things.

Most likely, you’re in a friendzone, but she can also be calling “bro” to everyone, or she’s just trying to hide her feeling from you.

Other reasons might come into play, and it’s quite difficult to recognize what she’s up to without knowing the full situation.

But your best weapon is to be honest and express your feeling for her.

Related: What If a Girl Calls You Buddy?


When a girl calls you bro, it can mean many things. It could mean that she’s just teasing you and trying to get a reaction out of you. It could also mean that she’s interested in you and wants to know what you want from the relationship. Or you can be in a friendzone. The best thing to do is to be honest and express your feelings for her.

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