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30 Great Ways to Respond to a Compliment from a Girl 

30 Great Ways to Respond to a Compliment from a Girl 

As a guy, you’re probably almost always happy to hear a compliment from a girl.

If nothing else, it’s a nice ego boost. 

If a girl is complimenting you, it either means you are so far in the friend zone that she doesn’t even consider you an option, or it means she likes you. 

If you get a compliment from a girl and are pretty sure it means she’s into you, you might struggle to respond in a cool, calm, and collected way. 

To make sure you reply to praise from a girl in a way that gets the conversation going, give this article a read through.

Then, try to remember a few of the suggested responses so that you’re ready to whip them out whenever the need arises.  

 

30 ways to respond to a compliment from a girl 

  1. Thanks, girl. You’re not so bad yourself 😏
  2. I could say the same about you.
  3. You took the words right out of my mouth 😜
  4. Cheers. Your last picture is 🔥
  5. What is a good-looking girl like you doing in my DMs?
  6. I like a girl who knows what she likes.
  7. Well, that’s my ego sufficiently inflated for the day 🙃
  8. Stop, you’re making me blush 🤭
  9. I was going to say the same thing about you… 😈
  10. You’re quite the looker yourself, if I’m being honest.
  11. Aw, that’s actually a really nice thing to say. 
  12. I never know how to respond to compliments, but thanks for saying that.
  13. Are you always this nice? 
  14. Am I your type, then? 
  15.  …and what else? 
  16. This is giving me Déjà vu of the last time a beautiful woman complimented me
  17. I can’t be won over by flattery alone, you know. Just kidding, I can, tell me more. 
  18. If I’d known I’d be getting texts like that I would’ve given you my number a lot sooner 😉
  19. Are you this forthcoming in person? 
  20. Are you a bot? You seem too good to be true…🙃
  21. This was such a lovely message to receive, you totally made my day 🥰
  22. Well, that was unexpected. In a really great way.  
  23. I can’t lie, you can text that to me anytime you want. 
  24. How long have you been wanting to text me that for? 
  25. I bet you send that to all the guys. 
  26. Ooh, I think I like this side of you. Where has she been hiding? 
  27. Are you flirting with me over text or something? 
  28. Hey, I don’t want to make this awkward, but I only see you as a friend. 
  29. That’s really kind. You’re a great girl, but I have a girlfriend who wouldn’t appreciate me having this conversation.
  30. Sorry, I’m super busy. Can’t talk right now. 

 

How to reply to a compliment from a girl on Instagram

One of the advantages of modern communication and social media is that it gives people a chance to be bolder than they might be in person. 

If a girl sends you a compliment on Instagram, either by commenting on a picture publicly or sending you a DM, you might be surprised to see her typing and sending things that you can’t imagine her saying. 

However, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Standing in front of someone and seeing their reaction when we compliment them can be intimidating. Many girls prefer to express their initial interest via a message on social media. 

If a girl compliments you on Instagram and you’d like to keep the conversation going and get to know her better, you can respond by showing your interest in her with one of these replies. 

 

1. Thanks, girl. You’re not so bad yourself 😏

If a girl responds to an Instagram story and says you look good, you can return the compliment and then add a smirking face. 

The smirking emoji is notoriously flirtatious, so there will be no doubt in her mind that you want to keep talking to her. 

Example: 

A: You look pretty great in this story. 
 
B: Thanks, girl, You’re not so bad yourself 😏

 

2. I could say the same about you. 

This response can be used for any kind of compliment, and it doesn’t have to relate specifically to looks. 

For example, if a girl responds to a story you’ve shared of concert by saying, “You’ve got great taste in music,” you could respond with, “I could say the same about you.” 

Example: 

A: Your food pictures are unreal. It looks like you’re a great cook. 
 
B: I could say the same about you.

 

3. You took the words right out of my mouth 😜

One thing to keep in mind about responding to a compliment is that you can always just reciprocate what the other person has said to you. 

For example, if someone tells you that you seem really nice, you can tell them they do too. 

The key is to do this in a clever way, so that you sound smooth and not like you are at a loss for what to say. 

This response makes you sound relaxed and confident, but it also doesn’t require you to re-invent the wheel and come up with something super smart to say. 

Example: 

A: You seem so genuine. I’d love to get to know you better. 
 
B: You took the words right out of my mouth 😜

 

4. Cheers. Your last picture is 🔥

If a girl slides into your DMs and compliments your style or appearance, you can respond by acknowledging what she’s said and thanking her. 

Then, why not see how she responds to the fire emoji from a guy

Since the fire emoji is a clear expression of interest, if she continues to compliment and flirt with you after you send it, it is a pretty sure-fire (no pun intended) sign that she likes you. 

Example: 

A: I really like what you’re wearing in your most recent post. 
 
B: Cheers. Your last picture is 🔥

 

5. What is a good-looking girl like you doing in my DMs?

This is a funny variation on the popular line, “What is a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?” 

By jokingly describing your DMs as a place a pretty girl shouldn’t be, you are changing the tone of the conversation to something lighthearted and flirtatious, while also demonstrating that you are witty and don’t take yourself too seriously. 

Replying to a compliment by putting your admirer in the position of having to respond to a pick-up line is a great way to keep the dynamic of your conversation interesting.

This funny line will make her want to respond asap.  

Example: 

A: Hey, I really enjoyed catching up with you after our lecture the other day! 
 
B: What is a good-looking girl like you doing in my DMs? 

 

6. I like a girl who knows what she likes.

One way to turn a sincere compliment into the start of a flirty conversation is to introduce innuendo. 

If a girl compliments you by saying she likes something about you, you can jokily respond that you like a girl who knows what she likes. 

Example: 

A: I really like your VSCO aesthetic 🌈
 
B: I like a girl who knows what she likes.

 

7. Well, that’s my ego sufficiently inflated for the day 🙃

If you want to acknowledge the compliment a girl has given you but don’t want to talk about the substance of the compliment, you can make a joke about how she has boosted your ego. 

Many guys feel uncomfortable when a girl compliments them. Instead of awkwardly continuing to discuss the thing you’ve been praised for, you can change the direction of the conversation and joke about the size of your ego. 

People use 🙃 when flirting to show that they are using dry humor, so this emoji is the perfect addition to this witty way of responding to a compliment

Example: 

A: I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone as funny as you
 
B: Well, that’s my ego sufficiently inflated for the day 🙃 

 

8. Stop, you’re making me blush 🤭

If you aren’t the kind of guy who is worried about appearing macho and manly, you can always joke that the girl complimenting you is embarrassing you by being so admiring. 

The cute hand-over-face emoji is a funny addition to this response.

This reply is also a great way to react to the 👀 emoji. Emojis play a big part in modern communication, and that includes enhancing flirty conversations.

Example: 

A: I couldn’t stop staring at you during the training today 👀
 
B: Stop, you’re making me blush 🤭

 

9. I was going to say the same thing about you… 😈

The purple devil emoji is a notorious way of showing interest in someone. 

You can use it to respond to a compliment from a girl if you want her to know that you are very keen on her.

If she receives this response from you, she’ll probably start thinking about how to respond to being asked out.

The only thing to keep in mind when using the purple devil emoji is that it is often used to express physical interest rather than emotional interest. 

So if you are falling for a girl and can see yourself telling her “I love you” for the first time at some stage, maybe steer clear of this emoji and use a smiley with three hearts emoji (🥰) instead. 

Example:

A: You’re a pretty impressive person 🙃
 
B: I was going to say the same thing about you…😈

 

How to reply when a girl compliments your looks 

Replying when someone says “You’re beautiful” or gives you another looks-based compliment can be a little awkward. 

While you will of course be flattered to hear nice things said about your appearance, you will also not want to respond in a way that comes across as arrogant. 

The best way to respond to a compliment from a girl about your looks is either to make a funny remark about your appearance or to return the compliment right away. 

Here are a few ways you could handle being told you look good by a girl. 

 

10. You’re quite the looker yourself, if I’m being honest.

The golden rule about responding to a compliment is that you can always just return it. 

Being complimented on your appearance might make you feel a bit flustered.

You’ll be happy to hear a girl say she thinks you look great, but because—like most of us—you probably don’t hear that kind of thing every day, it might take you a second to process what you’ve just been told. 

That said, if you pause for too long, it might interrupt the flow of conversation.

Instead of letting things get to that stage, just decide in advance before you meet up with a girl that to not be awkward on a date, you’ll respond to any compliment about your looks with, “So do you,” or “You too,” or something similar. 

Example: 

A: You look very handsome.
 
B: You’re quite the looker yourself, if I’m being honest. 

 

11. Aw, that’s actually a really nice thing to say. 

If a girl gives you a sincere compliment that you want to respond to by acknowledging the seriousness with which she meant it, don’t make a joke out of it. 

Just respond in a straightforward way that shows you appreciate her kind words. You can always preface your response by saying, “Aww” to show her that you are touched. 

Example: 

A: Thank you for being so good to me. I think you have a wonderful heart.
 
B: Aw, that’s actually a really nice thing to say. 

 

12. I never know how to respond to compliments, but thanks for saying that.

Some people really don’t like being complimented—especially about their appearance. 

If you struggle to hear nice things about yourself, you can always just tell the girl who is praising you that you aren’t always good at responding to compliments. 

Example: 

A: You look like a total stud today.
 
B: I never know how to respond to compliments, but thanks for saying that. 

 

13. Are you always this nice? 

A nice way to deflect the attention that a compliment brings is to ask a question of the person praising you. 

Asking whether a girl who says something flattering about you is always that nice is a good way to turn the attention back onto her. 

Example: 

A: You seriously look like a Greek god in that outfit. 
 
B: Are you always this nice?

 

14. Am I your type, then? 

Asking a friend who compliments you on your looks whether you are her type is a good way to turn a supposedly innocent compliment into a flirty conversation. 

If you have a crush on someone, you can use a compliment from them as an opportunity to test the waters and see whether they might be interested in you too. 

Example: 

A: I can’t lie, you cleaned up good.
 
B: Am I your type, then?

 

15.  …and what else? 

If you want to jokingly suggest that the girl who has complimented your appearance should tell you more things that she likes about you, you can respond to her compliment with the question, “…and what else?” 

Example: 

A: I think you have beautiful eyes.
 
B: …and what else?

 

16. This is giving me Déjà vu of the last time a beautiful woman complimented me.

Sometimes you want to compliment a girl without explicitly complimenting her.

This jokey line is a way to call a girl beautiful without having to come right out and say it. 

She’ll know what you’re doing and will probably find it funny. Then, she’ll have to think about how to respond to a compliment from a guy, meaning the ball is back in her court and you can relax. 

Example: 

A: That jacket really suits you.
 
B: This is giving me Déjà vu of the last time a beautiful woman complimented me.

 

17. I can’t be won over by flattery alone, you know. Just kidding, I can, tell me more. 

Studies have found that the success of a relationship depends on a shared sense of humor

Assessing whether you find the same things funny when you are first getting to know a girl is a great way to tell whether you two would be compatible. 

If you like the kind of back-and-forth teasing that a line like this sample response inspires, then respond to a compliment from a girl in a bantering way see whether she appreciates your sense of humor. 

Example: 

A: You look really handsome in those jeans. 
 
B: I can’t be won over by flattery alone, you know. Just kidding, I can, tell me more. 

 

How to respond to a compliment from a girl over text

Responding to a compliment over text requires more careful thought than responding in person, in which case you can probably just rely on your intuition to lead the way. 

Since whatever you write will be immortalized in the annals of telephone metadata for an eternity, and since the girl your responding to will be able to scroll up to read it anytime she wants, you might feel under pressure to say exactly the right thing. 

But don’t take it too seriously! The point of talking to a girl you like is to enjoy it and have fun, so make sure you’re being yourself and respond in the way that feels most authentic to you. 

That said, here are a few suggestions for what to send in response to a complimentary text from a girl. 

 

18. If I’d known I’d be getting texts like that I would’ve given you my number a lot sooner 😉

If you give a girl your number and she gets in touch by sending you a flirty compliment, this is a great and humorous way to respond. 

Example: 

A: Thanks for your number. You seem really nice (and really handsome 🙃)
 
B: If I’d known I’d be getting texts like that I would’ve given you my number a lot sooner 😉

 

19. Are you this forthcoming in person? 

If you are texting a girl on a dating app and she compliments you in a bold way, you can ask her if she is this forthcoming in person. 

This is a nice segue into asking her on a date with you. How many days in advance should you ask for a date? Well, if you’re both constantly complimenting each other, you can pretty much ask the girl you’re texting to go on a date right away. 

Example: 

A: You’re honestly so good looking that it is distracting.
 
B: Are you this forthcoming in person? 

 

20. Are you a bot? You seem too good to be true…🙃

If you get a compliment from a girl you met online, why not pretend to doubt whether she’s real? It’s a cute and flirty way to respond to being told something nice about yourself. 

Example: 

A: I really like your sense of humor and I think we’d be perfect together. 
 
B: Are you a bot? You seem too good to be true…🙃

 

21. This was such a lovely message to receive, you totally made my day 🥰

This simple, sincere response is a great way to say, “I appreciate you” to a girl after she compliments you. 

Example: 

A: I couldn’t stop looking at your eyes this morning.
 
B: This was such a lovely message to receive, you totally made my day 🥰

 

22. Well, that was unexpected. In a really great way.  

Texted compliments have the advantage of the element of surprise. While you have to be talking to a girl to receive a compliment from her in person, a texted compliment can pop up on your screen out of the blue. 

If you receive an unexpected bit of digital praise from a girl you like, telling her that her message was a happy surprise makes a great reply. 

Example: 

A: This is just a text to let you know that I can’t stop thinking about what a caring, lovely guy you are.
 
B: Well, that was unexpected. In a really great way. 

 

23. I can’t lie, you can text that to me anytime you want. 

If a girl you impressed on your first date sends you a flattering text afterward that you don’t think you’d get tired of reading, you can respond with this cute line that will encourage her to be more forward over text in the future. 

Example: 

A: You have the potential to be my favorite person in the world. 
 
B: I can’t lie, you can text that to me anytime you want. 

 

24. How long have you been wanting to text me that for? 

If you’ve been on flirty terms with a girl for a while and she sends you a complimentary text, ask her how long she’s been holding that thought in for. 

This is a great way to inject humor into your text exchange. 

Example: 

A: Your smile makes me melt.
 
B: How long have you been wanting to text me that for? 

 

25. I bet you send that to all the guys. 

This response to a compliment from a girl is a play on the popular, funny line, “I bet you say that to all the girls,” which is used by girls to bat back insincere advances from guys. 

Showing the girl who is complimenting you that you are interested in continuing your conversation (and that you are pretty funny to boot!) will surely get you a quick response. 

Example: 

A: You looked soooo handsome today in that suit.
 
B: I bet you send that to all the guys. 

 

26. Ooh, I think I like this side of you. Where has she been hiding? 

If a girl texts you a something complimentary that is more forward than she usually would be in person, you can tell her you like this side of her. 

This, again, is a great way to deflect the attention brought on by the compliment away from you. 

Example: 

A: I can’t wait to see you this weekend! I miss listening to your beautiful voice.
B: Ooh, I think I like this side of you. Where has she been hiding?

 

27. Are you flirting with me over text or something? 

The best way to convince someone to date you is to show them how much fun they would have if they did. 

By showcasing your funny side to a girl over text, you’re giving her a little taste of the kind of hilarious evening she would be in for if she agreed to let you take her out.

Example: 

A: You’re my absolute hero. 
 
B: Are you flirting with me over text or something? 

 

How to respond to a compliment from a girl if you aren’t interested

Getting a compliment from a girl you aren’t into can be a bit uncomfortable. 

It’s flattering to hear that she sees you in a positive light, but if you can’t sincerely return the compliment, you shouldn’t praise her just to get out of an awkward position. 

If the compliment is clearly a flirty one, respond by being clear about how you feel.

Here are a few ways you could respond to a compliment from a girl if you just don’t feel the same way.

It’s much kinder to shut her down now before she develops feelings than to find yourself having to respond to “I love you” when you don’t feel the same at some point down the line. 

 

28. Hey, I don’t want to make this awkward, but I only see you as a friend. 

Look, no one wants to presumptuous, but it is often quite clear when someone is interested in you. 

If you get the sense that a girl is paying you compliments because she would like to see where things go romantically, you can let her know that you only see her in a platonic light. 

Example: 

A: I really like spending time with you. You’re so kind and funny.
 
B: Hey, I don’t want to make this awkward, but I only see you as a friend. 

 

29. That’s really kind. You’re a great girl, but I have a girlfriend who wouldn’t appreciate me having this conversation.

If you’re in a committed relationship and another girl starts flirting with you by complimenting you, you have an easy way out. 

Just let her know that you have a girlfriend and she’ll surely show respect for your relationship by taking a step back and changing the way she speaks to you. 

Example: 

A: I think you’re so attractive. 
 
B: That’s really kind. You’re a great girl, but I have a girlfriend who wouldn’t appreciate me having this conversation. 

 

30. Sorry, I’m super busy. Can’t talk right now. 

If a girl is making you feel uncomfortable by being too familiar and overly complimentary, you can tell her that you are busy and don’t have time to talk. 

She’ll understand from the curtness of this response that you aren’t interested in her. 

Example: 

A: I think you’re a great listener. I’d love to get to know you better. 
 
B: Sorry, I’m super busy. Can’t talk right now.