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All Emoji meanings for easier conversations

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Emojis, those colourful little characters that have infiltrated texts, emails, and social media posts, are more than just visual punctuation. They can convey various emotions, ideas, and tones, adding depth and meaning to your communication. But with hundreds of emojis, how do you know what they all mean?

This article lists various emoji types and helps you decode the meanings behind these tiny, expressive symbols.

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Emoji Faces

Emoji SymbolEmoji NameMeaning
๐Ÿ˜ Mad emojiConveys anger and aggression
๐Ÿ˜คSnorting smoke faceExpression of triumph
๐Ÿ˜ฒAstonished faceReflects a look of astonishment
๐Ÿค—Hug emojiIndicates offering a hug
๐ŸคฃRolling on the floor laughing (ROFL)Signifies hysterical laughter
๐ŸคฉStarstruck faceRepresents finding someone fascinating, interesting, or exciting
๐Ÿ˜ถFace without mouthPortrays humility or speechlessness
๐Ÿ™„Eye roll emojiIndicates disdain, frustration, or boredom
๐ŸงFace with monocleSignifies smug intelligence (aka smarty-pants)
๐Ÿ’€SkullRepresents a figurative death or dying from laughter or affection
๐Ÿ˜ญSob emojiConveys intense grief or intense laughter, pride, or joy
๐Ÿ˜ฌGrimacing faceReflects nervousness or awkwardness
๐Ÿ˜ทFace with medical maskIndicates wearing a mask to avoid airborne diseases like Covid
๐ŸฅดWoozy facePortrays intoxication or infatuation
๐Ÿ˜ฃPersevering faceReflects sadness, frustration, and helplessness
๐Ÿ˜žDisappointed faceIndicates disappointment or regret
๐Ÿค‘Money mouth faceRepresents making money or feeling rich
๐Ÿค“Nerd facePortrays a nerdy or bookish person/situation
๐ŸคกClown emojiRepresents a foolish or naive person, often used for self-deprecating jokes
๐ŸทPig EmojiRelated to rural life, the cuteness of pigs or a piggy bank
๐Ÿ’โ€โ™€๏ธInformation desk womenOffers assistance, answers, or guidance
๐Ÿ™‡Bowing personPortrays bowing as a sign of respect
๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธArms raised over head womenIndicates gesturing OK
๐Ÿ™‹Person raising handReflects a person having a question or wanting to be included
๐Ÿ™…โ€โ™€๏ธWoman gesturing noIndicates the โ€œXโ€ sign for โ€œnoโ€ or โ€œno dealโ€
๐ŸงšFairyRepresents a fairy or feeling light and happy
๐Ÿ‘ฝAlienIndicates a weird or strange person
๐ŸซกSalute emojiSignifies respect, loyalty, or honour
๐Ÿ˜ฎShocked emojiConveys shock, surprise, or disbelief
๐Ÿค”Thinking emojiIndicates pondering or being doubtful
๐Ÿ˜˜Kissing face with heartRepresents sending or asking for a kiss, sending love
๐Ÿ˜‚Laughing crying emojiSignifies laughter and humor
๐ŸฅฐBlushing smiley face with heartsPortrays being loved or showing affection
๐Ÿ˜ŠBlushing face with smiling eyesIndicates being thankful or happy
๐Ÿ˜Heart-shaped eyes faceReflects being in love or impressed
๐ŸฅบSad pleading faceIndicates being upset, pleading, or embarrassed
๐Ÿ™„Rolling eyes faceReflects being annoyed, bored, or sarcastic
๐Ÿ™‚Slightly happy faceIndicates being happy or sarcastic
๐Ÿ˜†XD faceReflects lighthearted sarcasm, happiness, or excitement
๐ŸฅณParty hat face with a noisemakerIndicates celebrating, partying, or being happy
๐Ÿ˜ŽSunglasses emojiPortrays chilling, being relaxed, or cool
๐Ÿ˜‘Expressionless faceIndicates being annoyed, aggravated, indifferent, or bored
โ˜น๏ธFrowning faceRepresents being deeply disappointed, upset, worried, or sad
๐Ÿ˜šKissing with closed eyes, faceIndicates asking for a kiss or giving a kiss
๐Ÿ˜‡Angelic face with haloPortrays innocence, purity, or being angelic
๐Ÿ˜’Side-eye emoji or unamused faceIndicates being aggravated, doubtful, or unamused
๐ŸŒžSun emoji with faceReflects being natural, joyful, or radiant
๐Ÿ˜Neutral faceIndicates being indifferent or annoyed
๐Ÿ™‹Person raising their handPortrays getting attention, asking something, or waving
๐ŸคญSmiling face with hand covering mouthRepresents being secretive, gossiping, or gleeful
๐Ÿ˜ดSleepy faceIndicates being bored, tired, or asleep
๐Ÿ˜ฑFearful screaming faceIndicates being surprised, shocked, stunned, or afraid
๐Ÿ˜จScared emojiReflects fear or surprise
๐Ÿ™ƒUpside down smiling facePortrays being sarcastically happy or silly
๐ŸคฉStarry-eyed smiling faceIndicates being impressed or amazed
๐Ÿ˜ŒRelieved faceRepresents being calm, relaxed, or happy
๐Ÿ˜€Smile emojiIndicates being very happy
๐Ÿ˜„Smiling face with happy eyesReflects being pleased or happy
๐Ÿ™ˆSee no evil monkeyIndicates not looking, covering oneโ€™s eyes, or cringing
๐Ÿ˜กRed angry faceReflects pouting or anger
๐Ÿ˜ƒSmiling face with a big grinIndicates being very happy
๐Ÿ˜ฉWeary facePortrays being agonised, upset, or tired
๐Ÿ˜ขTearful faceRepresents being sad, sorrowful, remorseful, or crying
๐Ÿ˜Smirking faceIndicates being sly or mischievous
๐Ÿ˜‹Grin with tongue out faceReflects being playful, naughty, or enjoying something like food
๐Ÿ‘€Eyes emoji looking leftIndicates looking at something, being flirty, or sneaky
๐Ÿ’ชFlexing armRepresents being boastful, flirty, or strong
๐ŸคทShrugging personPortrays shrugging or being doubtful
๐ŸคฆFacepalmIndicates being annoyed or frustrated
๐Ÿ˜”Pensive faceReflects being sad, upset, or sorrowful
๐ŸฑCat faceIndicates being silly or cute alternatives to traditional smileys

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Symbols and gestures

Emoji SymbolEmoji NameMeaning
๐Ÿ––Vulcan saluteSending good wishes like โ€œlive long and prosperโ€
๐Ÿ–๏ธHand with fingers splayedThe number 5
๐Ÿ‘ŒOK handSignifies โ€œokayโ€ or โ€œfine,โ€ but may be offensive in some cultures
๐ŸคŸLove-you gestureRepresents โ€œI love youโ€ in American Sign Language (ASL)
๐Ÿค˜Sign of the hornsSlang for โ€œrock on,โ€ but with varying interpretations
๐Ÿค™Call-me handUsed to request someone to call you
๐ŸคฒOpen handsGesture for praying or โ€œopen bookโ€ in ASL
๐Ÿ’…Nail polishAttitude of nonchalance or indifference
๐Ÿ™Folded handsExpression of gratitude or a request
โญ•Hollow red circleSignifies correctness/right (Japanese style)
๐Ÿ”ฐMulticolored chevronIndicates something new
๐Ÿ’“Beating/vibrating heartRepresents a beating heart
๐Ÿ’ซComet starConveys feeling starstruck or dizzy
โค๏ธโ€๐ŸฉนMending heartSymbolises healing or empathy
๐Ÿ’ฏ100 emojiIndicates complete agreement or 100%
โ™ฅRed heartRepresents romance or love
โœ…Green check mark emojiSymbolises verification, task completion, or approval
๐Ÿ‘Thumbs upSignifies approval
๐Ÿ–คBlack heartAssociated with gambling, sorrow, or love
๐Ÿ‘ˆIndex finger pointing leftIndicates direction to the left
๐Ÿ’ฅExplosionRepresents something explosive or surprising
๐Ÿ”ซGun emojiUsed in lighthearted jokes between friends
๐Ÿ’šGreen heartSymbolises friendship or love
โœŒ๏ธPeace handGesture for victory or peace
๐ŸŽถMusic notesIndicates listening to, playing, or performing music
๐Ÿ’”Broken heartRepresents sadness, feeling crushed or disappointed
๐Ÿ‘‡Index finger pointing downIndicates direction downward
๐Ÿ’‹Lipstick markConveys flirtation, romance, or seduction
โฃ๏ธRed heart exclamationRepresents extreme love
๐Ÿ™ŒTwo hands raised highIndicates happiness or celebration
๐ŸคžFingers crossed emojiSymbolises good luck
๐Ÿ’™Blue heartRepresents romance or friendship
๐Ÿ’›Yellow heartSymbolises friendship
๐Ÿ’žRevolving heartsRepresents two hearts united, a romantic whirlwind
๐Ÿ’—Pink growing heartsIndicates increasing passion or love
๐Ÿ‘‰Index finger pointing rightIndicates direction to the right
๐Ÿ’–Sparkling pink heart emojiConveys romance, often for special occasions
โœจTwinkles or sparklesRepresents something appealing, pretty, celebrating, or positive
๐Ÿ’œPurple heartSymbolises romance or friendship
๐ŸคŽBrown heartRepresents love and connection, solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement
๐ŸคWhite heartSymbolises love, support, positivity, and admiration for white things

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Object emojis

Emoji SymbolEmoji NameMeaning
๐Ÿ”’PadlockSymbolises security and safety
๐ŸงขBilled capSlang term for โ€œlie,โ€ as in โ€œno capโ€
๐Ÿ’RingRepresents marriage or a proposal
๐Ÿช”Diya lampSignifies light, hope, and positivity
๐Ÿ“ฟPrayer beadsRefers to religious jewellery and spirituality
๐Ÿ“–Open bookIndicates interest in reading or writing; symbolises knowledge
๐Ÿ’ธMoney emoji with wingsReflects the concept of gaining or losing large sums of money
โš–๏ธBalance scaleRepresents justice, fairness, or the Libra zodiac sign
๐Ÿ’ŒLove letterSymbolises affection, romantic communication, or a heartfelt message
๐Ÿ’ฃBombFiguratively represents explosive situations or intense attraction
๐Ÿ’กLight bulbSymbolises a bright idea or innovation
๐ŸงฟNazar amuletRepresents protection against the evil eye or negative energy
๐ŸŽWindchimeDepicts wind chimes, often mistakenly used for jellyfish
๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€โšง๏ธTrans flag emojiSignifies support for the transgender community and trans pride
๐ŸŽWrapped presentRepresents holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, or gifts for any occasion
๐Ÿ‘‘Gold crownSymbolises success, excellence, or royalty
๐Ÿ’ฉPoopConveys humour, amusement, or silliness
๐Ÿ’ฐMoney bagRepresents wealth, getting paid, or financial transactions
โ˜€๏ธSun emojiSignifies sunny weather or positivity
๐ŸŽŠOpen confetti ballRepresents celebration, partying, or congratulations
๐ŸŒธSakura or cherry blossomSymbolises spring, beauty, or love
๐Ÿ’BouquetRepresents spring, appreciation, or love
๐ŸŽˆRed balloonSymbolises parties, celebrations, or festive occasions
๐ŸŒนRed roseRepresents flowers, romance, or love
๐ŸŽ‚Birthday cakeSignifies celebration, happiness, or special occasions
๐ŸŽ‰Party popperRepresents celebration, parties, or congratulations

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Emojis used for double-meaning

Emoji SymbolEmoji NameSlang Meanings
๐ŸฅตHot faceSignifying finding someone sexually attractive
๐Ÿ‘ปGhostIndicates being ghosted or ignored by someone youโ€™re dating/messaging
๐ŸSnakeRepresents betrayal or backstabbing by a person
๐ŸŒถ๏ธHot pepperSuggests inappropriate or risky content
๐ŸGOATDenotes someone or something as the greatest of all time
๐ŸตTeacupRepresents tea or the latest gossip
๐ŸŽฃFishing poleIndicates fishing for attention, compliments, etc.
๐Ÿ‘Clapping handsMay convey a passive-aggressive or sarcastic tone when used between words
๐Ÿ˜‰Winking faceSuggestive of flirtation or jest
๐Ÿ’ฏ100 emoji with red underlineSignifies approval or keeping it 100%
๐Ÿ”ฅFireRepresents something hot, either literally or figuratively
๐Ÿ‘ฟAngry devil emojiIndicates malevolence, mischief, or frustration
๐Ÿ˜ˆSmiling purple devilSuggests flirtation or naughtiness
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸณChefs kiss emojiIndicates satisfaction
๐ŸคคDrooling faceSuggests longing or desire

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Less frequently used emojis

Emoji SymbolEmoji NameMeaning
๐Ÿ’ขAnger symbolRepresents anger (inspired by Manga)
โšœ๏ธFleur-de-lisSymbolises pride in French heritage
๐Ÿ’ Diamond with a dotSignifies something cute (in Japanese culture)
๐Ÿ“›Name badgeResembles name tags used by children in Japan
๐ŸˆนJapanese โ€œdiscountโ€ buttonIndicates reduced prices or sale (in Japanese context)
๐Ÿ—ฟMoai emojiDepicts figures on Easter Island, often conveying a deadpan or stoic expression
๐ŸŽดFlower playing cardsRepresents a type of playing card from Japan featuring floral designs
๐ŸšฑNon-potable waterIndicates water that is not suitable for drinking purposes
โœจSparklesConveys beauty, gratitude, and love; used for added emphasis or sarcasm

Itโ€™s important to note that the significance of these emojis can vary depending on cultural context, personal interpretation, and the specific conversation in which theyโ€™re used. Emojis are a dynamic and evolving form of communication, constantly shaped by the creativity and ingenuity of their users. So, the next time you send or receive an emoji, take a moment to consider its context and the message itโ€™s conveying.

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