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What Does It Mean When A Guy Touches Your Lower Back? (27 Sweet Meanings)

by Sonya Schwartz

Are you wondering what it means when a man touches your lower back?

Perhaps you’ve heard that sometimes means he likes you, but you’re not sure when this is the case?

Would you like to know more about what inspires a man to touch you in this innocuous part of your body?

If so, welcome to the guide! You’re about to discover 27 potential reasons for a man to touch you here.

Some of them mean he’s attracted, others are completely innocent.

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With that said, if you’re only interested in learning the desires of the men touching you on the lower back, keep reading.

You’ll find my list of reasons why guys do this below.

27 Possible Meanings When A Guy Touches Your Lower Back

1. He finds you attractive

Touch, being one of the more obvious ways men express interest, a guy putting his hand on your lower back is very likely attracted to you. Except, of course, your relationship with him takes physical attraction out of the equation totally, like him being your blood relative.

Before things get there, though, you should have sensed (if only slightly) that he might be into you from the signs he’d naturally show in your presence. 

Could be the way his face gets when he sees you or his tendency to hold on to your hand a little bit longer when you shake. Or signs besides body language, like how he acts like the rest of the world stops when you talk and pays you all of his attention. 

Or how a day can’t pass without him calling or sending text messages to see how you’re doing. It may seem out of the blue when he finally touches your back, but if you notice the above signs or something similar prior, it’s probably anything but.

2. He is protective of you

He is protective of you

Sometimes, despite what else it may look like, a guy can touch your lower back out of reflex if the situation warrants it. This can happen when you’re together in public, perhaps walking into a place or out in a crowd. In that setting, he’s all but a guide.

Probably has something to do with the chivalry that only women seem able to unlock in straight men. You may not even be in any immediate danger, but just because he wants you to feel like you have a man around, he may subconsciously go there or your waist.

3. He wants to try his luck

Or it could be that he is pushing limits with you, feeling you out to see where you might draw the line without actually asking direct questions. Men can be masters of sending messages with nothing but their body language when testing waters with a new woman.

He may not exactly be in the mood to talk things out, or even be unsure about what he feels or wants from you. If you can feel his hands shake while he touches you, that’s proof that he’s going out on a limb to do it, working off of mixed signals at best.

4. He’s going for intimacy

Do you already have something with the guy in question, perhaps a casual relationship or straight-up-no-strings hookup? When a lot of the lines have been blurred in the name of non-conforming, even physical touch can seem complicated in undefined relationships.

Suppose things between you have always been kept strictly sexy, i.e., pure physical, animalistic connection, never even one to cuddle ordinarily. Then the same guy starts spending more time keeping your lower back and waist warm with his hands, especially after sex or without it at all. 

If he now shows further signs like being more vulnerable than usual with you, your guy may be craving closeness on a deeper level.

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5. Or just pure flirting

Then again, you can’t go through the top five reasons men touch women’s lower back without mentioning flirting. Like I said, they are masters of the playful yet seductive art of reeling you in with their body language at first.

If there have been some electric exchanges (flirty text messages or in-person) between you before the moment he touches you, he’s probably just keeping the vibe going. He even may go further down or subsequently keep his hands on you a bit longer unless he gets an objection from you.

6. Someone has a crush

A guy with a crush on you can also reach for your lower back in a moment of courage. If this is the case, you ought to have seen the signs too. Given that he might naturally get nervous when around you and perhaps have trouble looking you in the eye sometimes, the contact may be surprising at first.

But then, the fact that he likes you so much suggests he may not want to end up in your black book so he’d also likely play it safe. He may not go for the touch until he gets a couple of signs that you might be okay with it.

7. He’s more physical than most

You can also tell what a guy means when he touches you by looking at his interaction with other people. If regardless of gender, this guy gets everyone’s attention by touching them during a conversation, it may be nothing more than a force of habit. Your lower back may have as well been your hand, arm, or shoulder.

Even more so if he doesn’t accompany the contact with words or looks that may suggest an ulterior motive.

8. He has boundary issues

Tactile or not, it’s our responsibility to respect other people’s boundaries, especially when it comes to their body. It’s not good enough for a grown man to excuse unsolicited touches on women by being “naturally touchy.” You’d think this is common knowledge, though, especially given the level of awareness we have these days.

Yet, some elements still go about crossing the lines, disrespecting women by touching first and asking questions later. If there’s a chance this might be the case, you will also notice his tendency to disregard boundaries in other areas throughout your interaction.

9. A friendly touch

A guy can also touch the lower parts of your back for no other reason than he is your friend and is being cordial. Just as friends can hug each other without anyone reading meanings into it, the same can be said of a pat on the lower back if you are that close.

If this is true, his reaction shouldn’t be anything out of the usual, too. Friendly touches are supposed to be brief and light, if he lingers, then he’s starting to enter the flirt territory. And he doesn’t even have to be a close friend, it can very well happen in social situations with men whose culture don’t frown upon it.

10. You’re leaning on each other for support

You’re leaning on each other for support

A touch on the back communicates support, which can either be physical, implied or both. Ever had one of those random romantic outings where you wander with a guy till you both end up settling in a lovely spot with no back support? Much like sitting on an empty bridge after sunset or picnicking with nothing but blankets.

As much as your bodily discomfort may not be your number one priority in such moments, you can still find yourself reaching to the person next to you for support. Although it may lead up to something else later, with the back being an approximate centre of gravity, the guy can as well go that low for balance in such situations.

11. You touch his lower back

And that brings us to the point where he might be mirroring your own movement. It’s a good one as far as signs go because it shows the guy is at least paying attention. Not to mention it is also a sign of attraction to have someone imitate your actions and body language while you interact.

This usually happens subconsciously so you may be apart and talking one moment, and then have your hands crossed behind each other’s backs the next. It’s also not always instant, he may not start returning the favour until after a few incidents of you touching him that way.

12. He’s a pervert

Then there are the deviants, the sexually-depraved men with a completely twisted view of women and our body. The ones who send unsolicited nude pictures/flash their genitals to attract you but end up giving you the creeps every time. The type who would grope a woman for no other reason than she’s in a revealing outfit and can do little or nothing about it.

The signs may present as a disregard for people’s boundaries or disrespecting their person altogether. He is more likely to listen to the head between his legs than the one above, so in addition to touching you inappropriately, you’ll also usually find him leering. When he’s not too busy doing other pervy stuff, that is.

13. He’s shy

Though the act itself seems brazen, if a guy touches your lower back and not much else, it could mean that he lacks confidence. This might happen if he has a crush on you, gets shy around women, or is just generally timid.

Don’t get me wrong, shy guys make some of the best lovers, eventually, what with their characteristic attention to detail and whatnot. But before you get to that stage where things just flow between you, they can be more hesitant on the physical stuff than their average cocksure counterpart. 

14. He’s showing off with you

Some men have a knack for using women as arm candy, always hand-in-hand with a beaut, especially whenever guaranteed an audience. Like a series of experiments have found, guys, like to show off their attractive female partners to up their social and desirability points.

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To his fellow men, he’d be the boss who landed such a gem, and among the ladies, he’d be wanted even more. All of this can sometimes get into a person’s head and make them do things like touching you in sensitive places like your lower back for added effect.

15. He’s trying to get back at someone

It’s also possible that a guy touches your back not to tension everyone present but one person in particular. Your boyfriend or partner might touch you that way around other men to send a message. An ex may do it to spite your current man or make him jealous, and a regular male friend can do it to one-up someone for the aforementioned social reason.

16. Public display of affection

There is also good old PDA. Another one of the top answers to questions that have to do with a guy touching a girl in intimate places. While an ostentatious display of affection on the streets can also mean someone is trying to show off, some couples legit can’t keep their hands off each other, especially in the honeymoon phase.

How far he goes with the display depends on how long you’ve been together and how comfortable you both are with touching in public. If based on where you are it’s not out of place for him to wrap an arm around you, then it’s safe to call it PDA, otherwise, it’s something else.

17. He’s big on touching

Another possible meaning is that physical touch is the primary love language of the guy in question. i.e., he conveys the love that way and prefers it expressed to him in a similar measure. Call it leading by example, especially if this is a new development.

Perhaps he’s tried and failed to communicate this using other methods, so he’s settled for showing you what he means instead. Does this mean he could be asking for you to touch his lumbar region too? Maybe, but not just. Instead, it’s more of an overarching sign that your man wants you to be more comfortable with him. 

18. There’s some level of trust between you

There’s some level of trust between you

Speaking of, a man touching your lower back indicates confidence between you or at least familiarity. Unless he is pervy or dealing with some serious sensory issues, a man in his right mind wouldn’t touch a place that intimates without prior interactions suggesting it’s okay. Even if they are mixed signals.

Consider this the case with only guys you know and not strangers, please. People you share a significant amount of time with like your work colleagues, classmates, friends, or even boss.

19. He is being supportive

Remember what I said about being touched on the back and support? One translates to the other. It’s that friendly touch we discussed coming from an actual friend in moments when you need comfort.

Or how your man gently rubs and massages that area when menstrual cramps aim to kill. Besides the gestures, it’s the energy they do it with and their body language matching their actions that makes the act reassuring. Not just the fact they have their arms or hands on your body.

20. Mating signal

When an exclusive lover touches your lower back, it can be one of many signs of sexual interest or readiness. To be sure, you can take note of the individual’s pick-up track record, that is, how he usually behaves when he wants to get laid.

Some men get all touchy, some channel their inner Shakespeare, others all but flip a switch and their body language communicates directly with your lady parts. They may send mixed signals in every other way that matter, but guys are usually less ambiguous in comparison when it comes to sex.

21. He’s trying to switch zones

If it’s a friend who’s been acting a lot more familiar with you lately doing the touching, he may be trying to break out of the friendzone. An on-again-off-again buddy with side benefits might do it to take things to the next level. And if he’s your boss, he might be looking to start a more personal type of relationship with you than you already have.

The previous point and this one both describe men who want to get in your pants, alright. The only difference is that this one is mainly for those showing signs of wanting more while the other is more suited for a guy on return business.

22. Territory marking

If a man touches you on your lower back in public, it can be one of those territorial signs he displays when he feels the need to protect his “possession.” Like in the instance above, where a boyfriend puts his arm around his babe when she’s around an ex or a potential competition.

Save for leaving a visible “touch not” mark on you, possessive men can make use of body language gestures to tell people they consider rivals to back off. You can see it on their face when their kind gets too close to you for comfort, and if he can’t take a hint, their body language gets increasingly aggressive until someone backs down.

23. Social posturing

Some boys massage their fragile ego by parading their dominance to impress the ladies. They are usually not hard to spot either as they are either the loudest in the room or find other ways to attract attention to themselves.

These ones usually make a show of everything because how else would you know they've arrived? If it's not forced macho personality, it's something else they are displaying, usually what they consider their strength. And if there's any truth to the research above, being female and attractive is reason enough for them to look your way.

24. He has self-esteem issues

Beneath every excessively loud posturing macho lies one fear or another, many of which result in some serious self-worth issues. Whether he brags with material things, changes his body language and personality at people’s whims, or only activates his affection when there’s an audience, he’s compensating for something.

If he touches your lower back in any of these contexts and you’ve noticed signs of low self-esteem in him over time, odds are he needs the confidence boost.

25. He keeps his friends close

Men who assume a protective stance when walking with their babe and those who touch you because they like to both belong to this category. He may put his arm on that part of your body to keep you from physically separating in an outdoor situation.

But how to really tell is that their interest in making contact with you doesn’t wane just because it’s no longer a need. His body language, like a satisfactory look on his face every time he gets to be near your skin alone, would be self-explanatory.

26. He’s a tease

Is he an expert flirt who always knows which body language to suppress and which to put forward when doing it? Some men are such charmers they can undo you with as little as the flick of their eyebrow. While others are adept at both vocal expression and communicating with body language signs.

The latter will not only touch you with their hands, as you feel their warmth on your lower back, but their voice is also simultaneously reaching other parts of you. It doesn’t mean he loves or hates you, though, people who tease derive pleasure from knowing they have a significant effect on you.

27. Nothing

Finally, there may be no hidden meaning there except that you came in contact with another person’s and that’s that. If it’s a quick brush of a stranger’s hand or arm, and they don’t say anything, you can just chalk that up to a mistake and move on.

If it’s a relative or friend who touches your lower back and they do the same thing to other people in your presence, it’s probably nothing either, except that they care. And if treating you the same as everyone else isn’t enough to clear your doubt, you can always lookout for signs of attraction in their personal dealings with you.

FAQs

What does it mean when a man touches your back?

It depends on which area of your back the man touches. The upper part signifies friendship and support, but if his hands stray lower and linger, it might be that he finds you attractive. If you can read his body language signs, you might get one or two pointers in the specific direction he’s coming from.

What does it mean when a guy touches your waist from behind?

It depends largely on the situation as it can mean anything from holding on to you for physical support to an act of seduction. If neither he nor you are in danger of falling and you've picked up one or two signs of sexual attraction between you, then it’s probably the latter. In which case, he may also touch other intimate areas like your neck, lower back, hips and eventually the private parts. 

What do men find attractive?

Some of the things men find attractive are your look, dress sense, voice, accent, sense of humour, confidence, kindness, intelligence, a little bit of mystery and overall success.

How do you tell if a man is sexually attracted to you?

Body language makes up a significant portion of the signs of sexual attraction between a man and a woman. He may not say much out loud, but if you really get him going, you’d know by the not-so-subtle changes in his face, like eyes that scream desire when he’s aroused. His temperature and heartbeat may increase while voice pitch drops, and he’d practically jump your bones every chance he gets. 

Where do guys like to be kissed?

Obviously, different strokes for different folks, so the best way to get an accurate answer is to ask your guy. In the meantime, you can target his lips, skin of his neck, along with his earlobe, fingers, and of course, genitals.

In Summary

Trying to figure out what it means when a man touches a part of you without accounting for context, tone, body language, and other necessary factors is like shooting in the dark. Though the signs may have different meanings, seeing a bunch of similar ones in the same person can boost your odds of accuracy better than any wild guess ever could.

If you agree or have a different take on the matter, feel free to get a conversation going in the comments and share the article if you liked it.

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Sonya Schwartz
A hopeless romantic that struggled for many years to find her Mr "Right" and made all the mistakes you could think of while dating. Known for always choosing the wrong guys or messing up relationships, Sonya was finally able to change her approach and mindset when it came to dating which helped her eventually find the man of her dreams and become happily married. You can read more about me here...

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