What Does It Mean When A Guy Stares At You With No Expression (11 Possible Meanings)

Last updated on June 9, 2022 by April Maccario

We have all been in a situation like this. You’re sitting quietly at a house party, and for no reason, there’s a stranger across the room who won’t stop staring at you. You get uncomfortable and start to wonder if you have worn your clothes inside out or forgotten to clean your nose properly.

Staring make us uncomfortable, especially when you can’t seem to decipher the person’s body language. One of the easiest ways to make someone uncomfortable is to gaze at them without emotion.  So it’s not just awkward, it’s spooky as well. 

If you have ever noticed a man gaze at you with no expression, and his body language doesn’t seem to give you clues, this post will help you understand why they may be acting that way. 

11 Possible Meanings When A Man Stares At You With No Expression 

1. He is trying to make a decision 

When a man gazes at you with no expression, he may be trying to make a decision, and it could be about anything from wondering what he is going to eat for dinner, to deciding if he should approach you. Maybe your body language is discounting him from approaching you, or you are in the midst of people, and he is too shy to approach you. 

What you can do in this situation is to step away from the crowd and stand alone. By doing so, he will probably muster up the courage to approach you. 

2. He wants you to notice him

he wants you to notice him

Have you ever been in a situation where you feel someone’s eyes are on you, and the minute you look up, you make eye contact with the person? Perhaps, that is what he is trying to do. A man who is staring at you probably wants to get your attention, and he knows if he gazes long enough, you will notice him eventually. 

As creepy as this may seem, some men flirt through their body language by staring with hopes that their love interest notices and makes the first move.

If you are in a situation like this, try smiling and see if he smiles back at you. His body language will determine if he is flirting or not. 

3. He is fantasizing about you

In life, you will meet all kinds of people, and some of them are strangers who have created an image of a future with you in their heads. A man may be staring at you because he is trying to imagine what a future with you will look like. 

To you, he is expressionless, and he makes you uncomfortable, but to him, he is lost in fantasy and unaware of your discomfort. If you feel uncomfortable with his gaze and body language, you should probably leave the room or space you share. 

4. You look familiar

We come across many people in life, and we forget some faces too. If a man is staring at you in a crowded space, it could be that your face looks familiar to him. One way to know is by watching his body language, does he seem curious

Maybe he doesn’t want to make a fool of himself by approaching you or waving, and that’s why he is staring. He wants to be sure you are who he thinks you are. Maybe you are a friend of his ex or a Twitter follower, so while you may not know him, he most likely knows you from somewhere, but he is unsure

5. He finds you attractive 

When men gaze at you without expression, that’s one way of showing their interest (or trying to hide it). However, his blank expression can leave you feeling unsure. He may not have an expression on his face because he does not want you to know. 

If you notice this, try maintaining eye contact and see if he reacts to your gaze with a body language that suggests he’s attracted to you, like smoothing his hair or adjusting his clothes. 

6. He is lost in thoughts about something unrelated to you

he is lost in thoughts about something unrelated to you

When a guy looks at you with a blank expression, it could be one unrelated thing. People do this a lot, unconsciously of course. They look at others unconsciously, thinking about something else. Again, his body language will tell if he was staring at you or others, simply move and see if his gaze will follow. 

7. He finds you interesting 

Maybe you are in a gathering, and you have an intelligent debate with a friend. A guy who is overhearing your conversation may be taken aback by your point of view, and he suddenly finds you interesting. In this case, he gazes at you expressionlessly because he is observing you and is intrigued by your mind. 

Another scenario can be a situation where your outfit intrigues him and he finds it hard to look away. Maybe he’ll try to hide it by looking at others, but his gaze will keep coming back to you. 

8. He has heard something about you

When you hear something about a person who you have never met, there is always the eagerness to place a face to the story, and when you finally meet that person. People stare because they are trying to connect what others have told them to the lady in front of them  

A guy who looks at you with no expression may be experiencing the same thing. Maybe he has heard people talk about you or someone told him something about you, and he is trying to imagine you in that light.

9. He is upset with you

If you find this disturbing, I agree with you. Having a guy stare at you with no expression can be a sign that he is upset with you. If he is someone you know, try and recall your last encounter to be sure there were no arguments or bad blood between you. 

However, if he is a stranger, then you should be careful, maybe he isn’t happy to see you have a good time without him or upset over something you did unknowingly. 

I would suggest that you do not approach such a person but in a case where you must, do not go alone. 

10. He is showing off his confidence

he is showing off his confidence

Guys know when staring makes you uncomfortable, but sometimes, they do it anyway to show dominance and show off their confidence. Such egoistic guys are aware of their charming personalities, and they are staring at you just to get a reaction. 

The minute you notice their look and reciprocate with a smile, their body language will change and he will move away. Acts like this boost his ego and give him confidence. 

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11. He is warning you

A guy may be staring at you with no expression because he is trying to pass a warning. He has probably seen something and wants you to be careful. 

For instance, you are in a club with friends and you get into a heated argument, you may notice the bouncer give you an expressionless look. The bouncer is merely trying to warn you so your argument does not escalate into a fight. 


What does it mean when a guy stares at you without smiling?

When a guy looks at you without smiling, it can be confusing. However, if his body language is showing other signs of attraction like his feet is pointing towards you, then he probably finds you attractive and is contemplating what to do next. 

What does it mean when someone gives you a blank stare?

He could be thinking of something, it may or may not be related to you but he is lost in thoughts. Through his body language, you will know if this is the case. For instance, if you smile or wave at him, he won’t react because he is not looking at you. His attention is somewhere else; away from the present. 

What does it mean when a guy stares at you in the eyes?

They say the eyes are windows to your soul, so when a guy looks directly at them, he is trying to understand you or connect with who you are and what you are saying. He probably wants to be your friend and the only way he can do that is by getting into your comfort zone. 

What does it mean when guys keep staring at you?

One reason why a guy will keep staring at you is that he is talking about you or has probably heard something about you. He wants to put a face to the story he has heard and that’s why you will notice his frequent glances. 

What is a death stare?

A death stare means you are staring at somebody with intensity and unwavering focus. It means to stare at somebody with the intention of provoking a reaction. On the other hand, a death stare is when a person is trying to conceal his emotions like in a game of poker. 

In A Nutshell

There are numerous reasons why a guy would stare at you without emotions and your assumption should be on a case-by-case basis. However, if you pay attention to his body language, you will be able to decipher the message. I hope you enjoyed reading through this list and found it helpful. Don’t forget to leave a comment behind, I will love to hear from you, and remember to share with friends and family. 

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April Maccario
I'm a huge nerd when it comes to understanding how relationships between men and women work, and what drives a certain behavior. I spend much of my time getting into the nitty-gritty and try to share my findings on this site with the hope of making life a little easier for women that are struggling in their relationships or love life.

One comment on “What Does It Mean When A Guy Stares At You With No Expression (11 Possible Meanings)”

  1. I met a man 2 yrs. ago even before we met he stared at me a lot we talked we didn't he was nice when the guys weren't around and when they were he was different it was like a game and I'm the stupid one and fell right into the trap every day I walked into the store he looked he told me he wasn't interested in me and I wasn't his type so why the hell look at me all the time this went until a year and a half later when I had enough and stopped going into the store that was last September march of this year I through a big party for my friend and got all the food where he works he came in early to work that day and what did he do stare at me I looked at the wall my friend who was helping me told me he kept looking and didn't stop until he got upstairs help me to understand this because I don't

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