We’re all familiar with that famous movie scene:

Girl biting lip in a playful manner and slowly getting closer while making deep eye contact with a guy. We all know what happens next.

She becomes a girl biting lip meme. No, just KIDDING.

Usually, the girl and the guy would start kissing passionately driven by pure lust. (The rest I’ll leave to your imagination.)

According to that ancient example, we have somehow (instinctively) connected lip biting with passion, lust, and ultimate attraction.

And we’re totally right! Well, to be more exact, we’re right 80% of times that a girl bites her lip.

At other times, biting her lip might be connected with something else.

Truth be told, there are many different meanings behind this seductive gesture and today we’re about to reveal all of them!

She might bite her lip because she’s feeling anxious, she senses danger, or because it comes naturally to her.

Now you’re probably wondering: How in the world can I know exactly WHY she is doing the biting lip thing?

The easiest way to target the real reason behind her lip biting is by paying attention to other body language signs that show attraction (or lack of it) and taking notice of the context.

What Does It Mean When A Girl Bites Her Lip?

She is DEEPLY attracted to you

shy woman biting lips and smiling looking at her left standing against a wall with pink hearts

This is the most common meaning behind a girl biting lip in front of you.

When a woman bites her lips, she is basically showing her attraction to you.

The biggest indicator that she is biting her lip because she’s deeply attracted to you is if she is looking deeply into your eyes while doing it.

Yes, she was waiting for you to lock eyes so that she could show you how much she wants you.

It’s one of the most universal ways for girls to show attraction to guys although some guys may interpret it differently and end up feeling confused about the whole situation.

For that reason, it’s important to pay attention to other female signs of attraction as well. You will find those signs (and more) at the end of the article, so make sure to check it out!

She wants your attention

portrait of a young woman biting her lip shyly looked at the camera

Sometimes a woman bites her lips because she wants your attention which is a good sign! Why is it a good sign?

Because if a young woman wants your attention, it means she wants YOU!

So, she will use the power of lip biting in the hopes that you will notice it and pay more attention to her than others around you.

She wants you to know that she’s interested in getting to know you better (Yes, I’m aware of the fact that this can be understood in multiple ways).

As a guy, you should already know that women LOVE attention. They might pretend as if they don’t, but trust me, they do.

The main reason why you should trust me on this one is that I’m a girl myself, so if anyone knows how the enigma that is a female brain functions, it would be me.

If a woman wants your attention and you’re interested too, then let her know it by listening to her every word, looking deeply into her eyes, and focusing on her sweet lips as she’s trying to seduce you.

The indication of danger

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By danger, I don’t mean the one presented in video games or movies. I am referring to a more subtle version of danger.

Sometimes a girl biting lip means that she’s feeling as though some sort of dangerous situation is coming and this could be anything really.

Perhaps she has promised herself that for some reason she will not kiss you, but now she cannot stop thinking about doing it.

Or, she might be afraid of opening up to you and she’s scared that she’ll say something you shouldn’t know about her.

Maybe she has some personal issues or secrets that she’s not ready to share with you yet, but an invisible force is testing her limits.

When she senses that she ought to do something she is not 100% sure of doing, she will bite her lip and will often do it on a subconscious level.

She won’t even be aware that she is doing it right in front of you.

In this instance, biting her lip is the result of an internal struggle and not something conscious.

See also: 50 Signs She Likes You

She wants to trigger your curiosity

young guy talking to a woman inside a cafe

This one is a little bit confusing. Women choose various tools when it comes to seducing the men they really like.

A woman might choose to send you mixed signals only to trigger your curiosity.

I think you know the drill very well: She’s been texting you for some time and then all of a sudden she disappears or she’s been laughing at your jokes and a few days later she’s acting reserved.

Biting lip is another example of this. A woman might do it because she wants to create mystery.

She wants you to think about WHY she is doing it at that time and place.

And that is where all the confusion starts in a male’s brain.

You start thinking about one too many reasons as to why she’s doing it and that’s how you ended up here, right?

Well, the fact that you’re reading this means that she succeeded in triggering your curiosity because here you are, looking for reasons for why she did it in the first place.

She wants you to kiss her

woman biting lips in close up cropped image

This one is similar to point number one which says ‘she is DEEPLY attracted to you’. Logically, if she’s deeply attracted to you, she will want you to kiss her, right? Right.

So, a girl might be biting her bottom lip as an indication of romantic interest and as a way of telling you: This young woman WANTS to be kissed!

Sometimes, men are really bad at reading these signs even though they are pretty obvious (at least in our heads).

Again, to be 100% sure that she’s attracted to you and she wants to be kissed, pay attention to the other signs of attraction mentioned later.

The feelings of anxiety and nervousness are overwhelming her

woman in doubt and anxious state biting lip and hand on head wearing gray top

As a person who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I can confirm that biting my lip is one of the things I do when

I’m feeling anxious in someone’s company or in certain circumstances.

So, another possible interpretation of a girl biting lip is that she’s feeling nervous and/or anxious around you which can ACTUALLY be a good thing!

We don’t usually get nervous around those people we’re not trying to impress. When you really like someone, you suddenly become extra aware of your appearance, words, and whatnot.

I mean, women can go crazy over the color of nail polish, so you can guess how complex the situation really is.

When anxiety and nervousness start blocking her thoughts, she will subconsciously bite her lip as a pacifier.

Different people have different pacifiers: Some of us scratch our head; some, swing our legs; and some women do something with their nails.

Sometimes, lip biting can be in combination with some or all of the above.

She is shy

indoor portrait of a shy woman biting her lips looking to the side

Sometimes, a woman biting lip might not have anything to do with anxiety. It could just mean that she is generally shy.

Usually, shyness is connected with introverted personalities, so if you know that she belongs to that crew, there is the answer to your question.

It means that she’s dying to get closer to you, to kiss you, and do all the magical things with you, but she’s too shy to show it, let alone initiate it.

So, she will start biting her lips because that’s the only thing left to do. That is how you know that you’re dating a shy girl.

In this case, if you really like the girl, help her overcome her shyness by making her feel comfortable and relaxed in your company.

Once she feels comfy around you, her shyness will disappear into thin air!

One of the surefire signs that she’s no longer shy around you will be her loose lips which mean that she’s feeling totally relaxed.

You should also know that tight lips, just like biting lips, are an indication of shyness, whereas tense lips mean the young lady is feeling angry for some reason.

It’s really interesting how much we can learn about other people’s moods just by observing their lips.

See also: 9 Body Language Signs Of A Girl Who’s Into You

There was something on her lips

lovely woman holding choco bar biting her lips indoor standing against green wall

This one is the most deceiving of all, but if you pay attention to the context, you will surely notice the difference between the lip biting that is connected to attraction and the one that is not.

In some situations, a woman might bite her lip because she had something on it. It could be leftover food, drink, or some other particle that accidentally “landed” on her lips.

Also, her lips might be dry and therefore chapped or cracked, and that may be why she chooses to bite them.

There are so many reasons behind this girl biting lip phenomenon, and if we listed every single one of them, we would never come to the point.

So, I will say again, if you detect other signs of attraction, chances are there wasn’t something on her lips, she’s just genuinely dying to be kissed by you.

It is a habitual thing

confused business woman biting her lip looking upwards

Yup. You would be surprised to hear how many random things can become habitual.

I know guys who like to “cuddle” their beard during conversation and they don’t only do it in front of girls they like. They do it in front of everyone.

I also know people who have this constant urge to play with their hair (especially women) and they’re not doing it only to seduce men! They’re constantly doing it.

It’s evident that cuddling beard and playing with hair has become habitual(something they do all the time without being aware of it).

So, some young women tend to habitually bite their lip both in front of people they really like and people they don’t like.

It’s a habit that has become ingrained in their personality and they don’t have control over it.

In a way, all these actions are connected with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) where a person feels the urge to do certain actions on repeat.

She’s doing it intentionally

 cheerful woman biting her lip smiling looking far leaning on a brick wall

Yes, sometimes a woman bites her lips because she wants you to do a favor for her / do something for her / help her with something.

This is similar to excessive blinking and women know that many men are suckers for those big eyes decorated with some mascara.

Lip biting and excessive blinking are basically tools that a woman uses from time to time in order to get a man to do something for her.

How will you know whether this is the case with your special girl? Simple.

If she, after biting her lip, asks you to do something for her, that is how you’ll know that the act of lip biting was done intentionally.

I know that it sounds a little bit childish, but trust me, both men and women have their own tactics when it comes to achieving certain things.

PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO:

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Her Reaction When She Sees You

If you want to know whether a woman really likes you or if she just sees you as a friend, pay attention to her reaction when she sees you.

The best thing about this is that her reactions are often subconscious which means she’s not aware of doing any of it.

Therefore, her reaction when she sees you is a legit, genuine representation of her feelings towards you.

If a woman is not only biting her lower lip, but also doing some or all of the following things, then you know she’s TOTALLY attracted to you:

• Fixes her hair

• Adjusts her outfit

• Comes closer to you

• Fixes her posture

There are many other things that indicate a woman is interested in you, but the ones listed above are the most common, so pay close attention to them.

The Context

young man looking at a woman while fixing a bike

Many guys forget about the context which is one of the most important things when it comes to deciphering a woman’s intentions.

The context (the background of the situation) will help you know whether she’s biting her lip just because she had something on them (like food) or because she’s feeling stressed out.

If she has just told you that she’s having some difficulties at work and then bites her lips, chances are that she’s just feeling stressed and nervous because of that situation.

It has nothing to do with levels of attraction.

The context plays an important role. For example, if you’ve been outside (especially in the middle of winter), she might be biting her lip because they feel dry.

There are millions of other circumstances that you need to take into account when it comes to finding the real reason behind a girl biting her lip.

See also: 8 Not So Obvious Signs She Likes You But Is Playing Hard To Get

The Way She Interacts With Other People

group of friends at a cafe man showing a video from smartphone to friends

The easiest way to learn if her biting lip is a habitual thing is by observing the way she interacts with other people.

If she’s biting her lip while talking to her female friends, her family members, or other people in her life, then you know it’s probably a habitual thing.

If you notice that she uses similar body language signs and gestures while communicating with others, then you can’t observe them as something separate or as an indication of her attraction towards you.

As always, I’m just being honest because that’s the best policy. But, not all hope is lost. There are some signs of attraction that a woman shows only when she REALLY likes someone.

Other Signs Of Attraction

woman playing with hair smiling wearing denim jacket

A girl biting her lip is one piece of the puzzle and her other body language signs are the rest.

It would be silly to focus on only lip biting aspects if you’re looking for signs of attraction.

You see, attraction is a complex thing where body language, mindset, personality, and other factors play a key role in conveying information.

Shy people might just smile at those they like, while extroverts might go one step further with subtle touches.

Attraction is an individual thing, but there are some signs that are common to all members of the female crew when they are attracted to someone, and here are some of them:

• Constantly smiling (shyly)

• Playing with her hair while listening to you speaking and looking you in the eye

• Glancing

• Softly licking her lips

• Looking away once you lock eyes

• Leaning in when talking to you or listening to you

• Subtly touching your hand, knees, shoulder while talking to you

• Laughing at ALL your jokes (even the cheesy ones)

man and woman having fun bringing skatesboard down the hallway

• Fidgeting in her chair

• Playing with different objects (straw, keys, glass…)

• Initiating deep eye contact with you

• Asking lots of questions

• Playfully teasing you

• Pointing her feet towards yours

• Mirroring your body language

• Blushing

• Her pupils dilating

• Texting you or calling you constantly/often when you’re not together

• Sharing personal things with you

If you notice some or all of the above signs, then you know this girl is crazy about you and her biting lip in your presence means she wants you to know that she’s crazy about you. Yup.

Wrapping It Up

young man and woman flirting outside of the house

A girl biting lip might be confusing to some men out there if they don’t pay attention to the bigger picture.

You need to focus both on the little things and the big things that she does in front of you.

If you only focus on her biting her lip, you will not succeed in getting the right information.

You need to observe the situation as a whole which means paying attention to her body language, personality, current mood, context, and much more.

Well, in case you don’t have time for all that, just check the above common signs of female attraction and remember to act accordingly.

Do not rush things.

The best method when it comes to winning a girl is BCP: Be a Gentleman, be Confident and be Patient and everything else will just follow.

P.S. Here’s some extra help: 15 Things A True Gentleman Does Differently. (You’re welcome!)

Girl Biting Lip: 10 Secret Meanings Behind This Playful Gesture