Emoji Meanings: Communicate Without Embarrassing Yourself
Before you add that emoji to your next post, make sure you're using it correctly. Our emoji meanings guide can help.
Before you add that emoji to your next post, make sure you're using it correctly. Our emoji meanings guide can help.
It’s hard to believe, but there was a time before emojis when humans were forced to communicate through words alone. Communications were fraught and confusing. People were forced to exchange “u joking??” texts in order to parse the true meaning of a statement. It was a dark time.
Fortunately, in 2022 there are emoji for every occasion. And adding them to your social media posts offers benefits beyond fun. Including emoji can increase engagement by 25% on Twitter and generate 57% more Likes on Facebook. In one AdEspresso experiment, adding an emoji to the headline of an ad increased clicks by 241%!
We’re using more emoji than ever before, and with good reason: they’re universal, inclusive, and fun. But when adding emoji to your social media posts, you want to make sure you’re using them correctly.
Each emoji has a literal meaning (it’s a peach), but many of them also have secondary meanings that evolve over time (it’s also a butt!). Often, the secondary meaning eclipses the first: only 7% of users actually use the peach emoji to represent the fruit.
As a result, it’s important to understand emoji meanings before you use them to avoid potential embarrassment or miscommunication. You definitely don’t want to be the grocery store tweeting “Check out our eggplants!!! 🍆🤤”, unless you’re hoping to get some very NSFW photos in your DMs.
Fortunately for you, we’ve compiled a handy index of emoji meanings below. The next time you’re wondering what a particular emoji means, or why everyone is suddenly posting the chair emoji on TikTok, you can refer to the below.
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There are currently 3,633 emoji (including my new favorite, the melting face), so we can’t include all of them. But we have summarized the most popular and useful emoji for 2023 in the chart below.
|😀||grinning face||Genuine happiness, positivity, delight.|
|😃||grinning face with big eyes||Happiness, delight, laughter.|
|😄||grinning face with smiling eyes||When something is so funny you are literally laughing.|
|😁||beaming face with smiling eyes||Seriously hilarious.|
|😆||grinning squinting face||Too funny! Stop before I pee myself.|
|😅||grinning face with sweat||Laughing but relieved, like when you’ve escaped a close call or resolved a stressful situation.|
|🤣||rolling on the floor laughing||Hysterical laughter.|
|😂||face with tears of joy||I’m laughing but I’m also crying! Unsurprisingly, this was the most popular emoji of 2021.|
|🙂||slightly smiling face||The equivalent of someone saying “oh, that’s so funny” with a completely straight face. Brutal.|
|🙃||upside-down face||Irony, sarcasm, facetiousness, laughing in the face of despair. (“Great news, my rent just went up 🙃”). Best used with friends.|
|||melting face||Shame, embarrassment, “wish I could sink into the floor right now.” Also a sense of general chaos and derangement. Can also work in a heat wave. A real MVP of the emoji keyboard.|
|😉||winking face||Flirtatious or “just kidding!”, depending on the context.|
|😊||smiling face with smiling eyes||Smiling, but with humility or warmth.|
|😇||smiling face with halo||Angelic, innocent, sweet. When used in a joking manner, it can mean, “Who, me? I’d never do that!”|
|🥰||smiling face with hearts||“Wow, I love it/this/you!” Love, friendship, adoration. One of the most popular emoji of last year.|
|😍||smiling face with heart-eyes||When you see something that makes you go “awww!” Also one of the top-10 emoji of 2021, according to Emojipedia.|
|🤩||star-struck||“Wow, that dress makes you look like J Lo at the 2000 Grammys!”|
|😘||face blowing a kiss||Can be used as an affectionate greeting or sign-off.|
|😗||kissing face||A restrained smooch or whistling. Not sure who is using this one, TBH!|
|smiling face||An all-purpose, genuine smile for when you want to express good feelings but not think too hard about it. On Snapchat, this means this person is a best friend (but not your #1).|
|😚||kissing face with closed eyes||The flushed cheeks indicate romance or friendship. A more genuine kiss.|
|😙||kissing face with smiling eyes||A polite or friendly kiss.|
|🥲||smiling face with tear||Can be used when you’re smiling but dying a little bit inside. Like when your work bestie tells you they just got a new job, you might say “Congratulations, so happy for you 🥲”|
|😋||face savoring food||“Yum, that looks so good!”|
|😛||face with tongue||“Wow, you look so good!”|
|😜||winking face with tongue||Goofiness, silliness, joking around.|
|🤪||zany face||Even goofier than the above, a real “I’m losing it!” vibe.|
|😝||squinting face with tongue||Hilarity, excitement. Or maybe you just bit into something really sour.|
|🤑||money-mouth face||“Show me the money!” Success, prestige, status, or when you splurge and buy the $9 juice at Whole Foods.|
|🤗||smiling face with open hands||A warm embrace.|
|🤭||face with hand over mouth||Shock and disbelief. “OMG”|
|||face with open eyes and hand over mouth||“Oh no.” When you see something that you wish you hadn’t.|
|||face with peeking eye||When you can’t look away from a trainwreck.|
|🤫||shushing face||“Be quiet!” Or “This is a secret, don’t tell anyone.”|
|🤔||thinking face||Skeptical, questioning. “Huh, is that so?” Can be used sarcastically when someone says something that doesn’t make sense.|
|||saluting face||“Aye-aye, captain!” Probably being used sarcastically because no one is conveying respect for the troops with emoji.|
|🤐||zipper-mouth face||“I won’t say a word.”|
|🤨||face with raised eyebrow||“Excuse me, what?”|
|😐||neutral face||Picture Homer trying to dissolve into the bushes. Trying not to give away any reaction.|
|😑||expressionless face||“Nope, I’m not engaging with that.”|
|😶||face without mouth||At a literal loss for words. Shock, surprise, bafflement, confusion.|
|||dotted line face||Trying to fade into the background, feeling invisible, or feeling like you don’t belong.|
|😶🌫️||face in clouds||A person in a steam room, or maybe hotboxing.|
|😏||smirking face||Sarcasm, joking around, or expressing “Get a load of this guy!” On Snapchat, it means you are one of their best friends, but they’re not one of yours.|
|😒||unamused face||“Not funny.”|
|🙄||face with rolling eyes||“Not funny and also cringe.”|
|😬||grimacing face||“Yikes!” On Snapchat, this means your best friend is their best friend too.|
|😮💨||face exhaling||Sighing, expressing relief, or letting out a puff of smoke.|
|🤥||lying face||Like Pinocchio, this means you told a lie.|
|😌||relieved face||Serene, unbothered, blissful. The face you make after you know you've done a good job.|
|😔||pensive face||Thoughtful, or sad, depressed, downcast.|
|😪||sleepy face||Tired or sleeping. Yes, that’s a snot bubble.|
|🤤||drooling face||“That [person or cheeseburger] looks sooooo good.”|
|😴||sleeping face||So tired right now.|
|😷||face with medical mask||Sick, or taking precautions to avoid getting sick.|
|🤒||face with thermometer||Definitely sick.|
|🤕||face with head-bandage||Sick, with a headache, or hungover.|
|🤢||nauseated face||“That’s disgusting”|
|🤮||face vomiting||“So gross I could puke”|
|🤧||sneezing face||Sick, suffering from allergies, or crying into a tissue.|
|🥵||hot face||Sweating— from heat, spicy food, or because you saw something (or someone) you’re really into.|
|🥶||cold face||In addition to the obvious meaning (“I’m freezing!”), this emoji is also used to refer to frosty behavior: “Damn, that’s cold!”|
|🥴||woozy face||Perfect for any state of confusion or disorientation: drunkenness, bafflement, or exhaustion.|
|😵||face with crossed-out eyes||Shock, surprise, or horror.|
|😵💫||face with spiral eyes||Can be used like the woozy face for confusing situations, as well as dizziness or staring at a Magic Eye puzzle too long.|
|🤯||exploding head||Mind blowing, awe-inspiring, unbelievable|
|🤠||cowboy hat face||Ready for anything? This emoji signals that you’re down for an adventure. Giddy-up!|
|🥳||partying face||For good news, celebrations, happy announcements, and birthdays.|
|🥸||disguised face||"Who, me?"|
|😎||smiling face with sunglasses||When you’re feeling chill, carefree, slick, and under control. On Snapchat, this means one of your best friends is one of their best friends.|
|🤓||nerd face||When you’re too excited about the upcoming Star Wars movie.|
|🧐||face with monocle||When you’re pondering, looking closely, or thinking deeply about something.|
|😕||confused face||Perfect for strange situations or texts you don’t quite know how to interpret.|
|😟||worried face||When your friend texts, “Great news! I picked up day-old sushi!”|
|🙁||slightly frowning face||When you’re just a little worried.|
|frowning face||When you’re definitely worried.|
|😮||face with open mouth||“Oh wow!” Can be positive or negative.|
|😯||hushed face||A more muted “uh, wow!” reaction.|
|😲||astonished face||A “WTF!” emoji for all-purpose bafflement.|
|😳||flushed face||Embarrassment or shock.|
|🥺||pleading face||With its big Bambi eyes, this face can be used when asking for a special favor, or when something strikes you as incredibly adorable.|
|||face holding back tears||When you’re not crying, you just have a little dust in your eye or something.|
|😦||frowning face with open mouth||Used for unpleasant surprises or unfortunate events.|
|😧||anguished face||Like the frowning face above, but the raised eyebrows add even more emphasis to your unhappy emotions.|
|😨||fearful face||When things are not looking good, but you’re not panicking.|
|😰||anxious face with sweat||Okay, now you’re panicking.|
|😥||sad but relieved face||The worst is over— you’re not happy, but it didn’t turn out that bad after all.|
|😢||crying face||Sad but trying to keep it in check.|
|😭||loudly crying face||One of the most popular emojis, this is used for intense emotions ranging from sadness to relief, happiness, and love.|
|😱||face screaming in fear||Horror, terror, just saw the biggest spider in the shower.|
|😖||confounded face||Frustrated, grumpy, upset.|
|😣||persevering face||Focused, or maybe you just took a bite of something really sour.|
|😞||disappointed face||Bummed out, or just plain tired.|
|😓||downcast face with sweat||Under a lot of pressure, worried.|
|😩||weary face||Tired, stressed out, anxious, or worried.|
|😫||tired face||Even more exhausted and ready to quit.|
|🥱||yawning face||Definitely ready for bed.|
|😤||face with steam from nose||Irritated, annoyed, in a huff.|
|😡||pouting face||Stronger negative emotions— you’re upset or angry.|
|😠||angry face||When you come home and find someone has eaten the last piece of pizza.|
|🤬||face with symbols on mouth||Furious, outraged, just received a parking ticket.|
|😈||smiling face with horns||Often used in flirtatious ways, this little devil indicates cheekiness.|
|👿||angry face with horns||You’re ready to wreak some havoc.|
|💀||skull||Death, dying, also used by Gen Z when something is so hilarious you could die.|
|☠️||skull and crossbones||Like the skull above, this can mean “death” or “death from laughter.”|
|💩||pile of poo||When something is awful, but you have a sense of humour about it.|
|🤡||clown face||When someone is making a fool of themselves.|
|👻||ghost||“Boo!” Can be used for surprising someone, or being silly.|
|👽||alien||Weirdness, eeriness, spooky vibes.|
|👾||alien monster||A friendly little space creature that looks straight from an old arcade game. For that reason, it’s popular with vintage computer and gaming folks.|
|🤖||robot||A charming little robot for weird, nerdy, or technical occasions.|
|😺||grinning cat||Pleasure, happiness.|
|😸||grinning cat with smiling eyes||Absolutely thrilled.|
|😹||cat with tears of joy||When something is genuinely hilarious or funny.|
|😻||smiling cat with heart-eyes||Love, delight, admiration.|
|😼||cat with wry smile||Sarcasm, cheekiness, mischief.|
|😽||kissing cat||Affection, love, friendship.|
|🙀||weary cat||Alarm, fear, horror.|
|😿||crying cat||Sad, heartbroken, disappointed.|
|😾||pouting cat||Angry, annoyed, upset.|
|🙈||see-no-evil monkey||“OMG! I don’t want to see that!” Cringing, embarrassed, or surprised.|
|🙉||hear-no-evil monkey||“Stop! I don’t want to hear that!” Shocked, surprised, bashful.|
|🙊||speak-no-evil monkey||“I can’t believe it!” or “Oops! I shouldn’t have said that.”|
|💋||kiss mark||Showing someone love or affection.|
|💌||love letter||When you’re sending a heartfelt message.|
|💘||heart with arrow||When you’re feeling sweet or romantic.|
|💝||heart with ribbon||When you’re sending a gift (even if that gift is just your love).|
|💖||sparkling heart||An affectionate heart with a little extra pizzazz.|
|💗||growing heart||When you’re really moved or emotional.|
|💓||beating heart||When someone (or something) makes your heart flutter with emotion.|
|💞||revolving hearts||The connection between the two hearts symbolizes how close you feel to the person you’re exchanging this emoji with.|
|💕||two hearts||A sweet, friendly heart icon for romance or friendship. On Snapchat, this means you have been #1 BFFs for two months straight.|
|💟||heart decoration||This little cut-out heart is a nice alternative if you find you’re wearing out the heart emoji|
|❣️||heart exclamation||A nice piece of punctuation to end a love note|
|💔||broken heart||Sadness, heartbreak, romantic disappointment|
|❤️🔥||heart on fire||When you feel passionately romantic about someone or something|
|❤️🩹||mending heart||When you had your heart broken or bruised, but you’re healing|
|❤️||red heart||The classic red heart, for all your romantic and loving messages. On Snapchat, this means you have been best friends for two weeks straight.|
|🧡||orange heart||The newest of the rainbow hearts (added in 2017), orange is a cheery color for friendly messages.|
|💛||yellow heart||Yellow hearts can mean affection, optimism, friendship or kindness. On Snapchat, this means you are #1 best friends.|
|💚||green heart||Green hearts are popular among fans of the K-Pop band NCT|
|💙||blue heart||Affection, friendship, romance.|
|💜||purple heart||Purple hearts are popular among fans of the K-Pop band BTS.|
|🤎||brown heart||The least popular heart emoji. Brown is earthy, grounded, natural.|
|🖤||black heart||Black hearts have a little edge compared to the others. The leather jacket-clad motorcycle boy of heart emojis|
|🤍||white heart||Sympathy, kindness, gentleness.|
|💯||hundred points||When you strongly agree with something, or think it’s completely accurate. On Snapchat, this appears when you have a 100-day Snap streak with someone.|
|💢||anger symbol||Representing the veins that pop out on your forehead when you’re really mad, this emoji is used for fury and outrage.|
|💥||collision||This little explosion can be used for exciting or surprising events.|
|💫||dizzy||This emoji represents “seeing stars” from dizziness or disorientation, but is also often used along with star emojis to indicate positivity, giddiness, or excitement.|
|💦||sweat droplets||While this technically refers to sweat dripping, it’s also used as a NSFW symbol for sex.|
|💨||dashing away||While this symbolizes running fast (and represents the little puff of air that cartoon characters leave behind as they speed away), it’s also used to indicate vaping, smoking, or farting.|
|🕳||hole||When you’re so embarrassed you wish you could crawl into a hole.|
|💣||bomb||When something is amazing (“the bomb”)|
|💤||zzz||When you’re literally asleep right now.|
|⏳||hourglass||Time is running out. On Snapchat, this means your streak is about to end.|
|🧢||billed cap||Shorthand for cap, which is slang for a lie. It can also be used with any no sign, like the no entry sign emoji (🚫) or the cross mark emoji (❌) to say "no cap," or "This is true."|
|🎯||bullseye||The bullseye or direct hit emoji means someone has said something that’s right on the mark.|
|👋||waving hand||A friendly “hi” or “hello”|
|👌||OK hand||When you want to let someone know everything is fine.|
|🤌||pinched fingers||Also called “the Italian hand gesture” or the “Chef’s kiss,” this is used positively to refer to things that are exceptionally good.|
|🤏||pinching hand||When you’re this close, or almost finished with something.|
|✌||victory hand||V for victory! Also used in North America as the peace symbol.|
|🤞||crossed fingers||When you’re hoping something works out well.|
|🤟||love-you gesture||This is the American Sign Language gesture for “I love you.”|
|🤘||sign of the horns||This is the gesture you might make at a concert, commonly referred to as “rock on!”|
|🤙||call me hand||While this represents someone holding up a phone to say “Call me,” it also resembles the surfer-culture symbol that means “hang loose” or “take it easy!”|
|👈||backhand index pointing left||Like the other pointing emoji, this one can be helpful if you want to underscore a point being made in a previous sentence.|
|👉||backhand index pointing right||When you’re pointing at something over here. 👉. Also, when used with the pointing-left hand (👉👈) it can mean bashfulness or shyness|
|👆||backhand index pointing up||"See above."|
|🖕||middle finger||A rude gesture meaning “F*** you!”|
|👇||backhand index pointing down||"See below."|
|☝||index pointing up||When you want to raise your hand, but politely.|
|👍||thumbs up||“All good!”|
|👎||thumbs down||“Not good, I don’t like it, very bad.”|
|✊||raised fist||Solidarity, pride, power.|
|👊||oncoming fist||A threatening gesture meant to intimidate someone, or show them you’re really angry.|
|👏||clapping hands||Applause! Great job! Can also be used to emphasize words or statements.|
|🙌||raising hands||High-fives, celebrations, success.|
|||⊛ heart hands||This cute emoji is used to express care, love, affection and support.|
|👐||open hands||Openness, affection, warmth. Can also be used by the Deaf community to indicate jazz hands, or silent applause.|
|🤲||palms up together||In American Sign Language, this represents an open book. It’s also used by Muslims to represent prayer.|
|🤝||handshake||"It’s a deal.” Agreement or consensus.|
|🙏||folded hands||Also called “prayer hands,” this can be used to express gratitude or as an enthusiastic high-five.|
|💅||nail polish||This manicure emoji represents being chill or unbothered.|
|✍️||writing hand||Taking notes, learning a lesson|
|💪||flexed biceps||This muscled arm can be used to mean strength, power, or endurance. It can sent to someone who recently accomplished something tough or important, or to show you’re working hard at something|
|🧠||brain||While this emoji can be used to indicate thinking or curiosity, it has also been adopted as NSFW sign for “giving head.”|
|🫀||anatomical heart||When you want to send someone a heart|
|🫁||lungs||Can be used in discussions of smoking or vaping, as well as medical discussions (particularly about Covid-19)|
|👀||eyes||This “I saw that” emoji can be used to express surprise, distaste, or disapproval. However, it can also have positive meanings— especially when sent in response to an attractive photo. On Slack or in business communications, it can mean “looking at this now” when applied to a shared document.|
|👁||eye||This emoji is often used in combination with the mouth emoji (👁 👄 👁 ) to indicate surprise, shock, disgust or horror.|
|👅||tongue||This emoji can mean you’re mocking or teasing someone (sticking your tongue out at them), or it can be used to mean licking or drooling.|
|👄||mouth||This emoji is often used in combination with the eye emoji (👁 👄 👁 ) to indicate surprise, shock, disgust or horror. It can also be sent instead of the kiss emoji.|
|||biting lip||This emoji is often used to mean flirting, but can also be used to indicate nervousness or anxiety.|
|👶||baby||On Snapchat, this means you just became friends.|
|🙅||person gesturing NO||“No way!” or “Absolutely not.” There are also male and female versions of this emoji.|
|🙆||person gesturing OK||“All good!” or “Okay!” There are also male and female versions of this emoji.|
|💁||person tipping hand||Originally known as “Information Desk Woman,” this emoji is meant to indicate helpfulness. It’s more commonly used for sassiness. There are also male and female versions of this emoji.|
|🙋||person raising hand||When you want to ask a question (or you know the answer!) There are also male and female versions of this emoji.|
|🧏||deaf person||Used for folks who are hearing-impaired or Deaf.|
|🙇||person bowing||While this emoji indicates bowing with respect, it’s often used to indicate fatigue or boredom.|
|🤦||person facepalming||Embarrassment, shame, disbelief.|
|🤷||person shrugging||When you have no clue, sorry!|
|🧑💻||technologist||A great all-purpose “I’m at work” emoji for those of us with desk jobs.|
|👼||baby angel||Innocence, sweetness. Often used during Christmas by those who celebrate.|
|🦸||superhero||When you’re feeling heroic or you’ve pulled off an impressive feat. There are also male and female versions of this emoji.|
|🦹||supervillain||When you’re feeling cheeky or want to cause some trouble. There are also male and female versions of this emoji.|
|🧚||fairy||A little mythological creature, which is often used on Snapchat to accompany sassy or sarcastic comments.|
|🧜||merperson||A mythical sea creature. There are also male and female versions of this emoji.|
|🧞||genie||A wish-granting mythical creature. The perfect emoji for when someone is asking you for a big favor. There are also male and female versions of this emoji.|
|🧟||zombie||An undead creature. Perfect for when you are hungover, exhausted, or barely functioning. There are also male and female versions of this emoji.|
|||troll||A scary mythical creature. Can be used when talking about internet trolls.|
|💆||person getting massage||Rest, relaxation, chilling out.|
|💇||person getting haircut||Getting spruced up or taking care of your appearance.|
|🏃||person running||This emoji can be used to mean “I’m on my way!” or to indicate you’re so excited about something that you’re running to get it. There are also male and female versions of this emoji.|
|💃||woman dancing||When you’re excited, happy, ready to go out and have some fun. There’s also a male version of this emoji.|
|🕺||man dancing||The counterpart to “woman dancing,” this emoji represents fun, good times, and a party-ready mood.|
|👯||people with bunny ears||Two people in matching bunny suits, representing the Japanese version of the Playboy Bunny. Often used when you are wearing the same outfit as someone else (“twinning.”) There are also male and female versions of this emoji.|
|🧖||person in steamy room||Can be used to indicate relaxation and self-care.|
|✨||sparkles||A positive, happy emoji used in affectionate or friendly messages. Often combined with heart emojis for romantic sentiments. It can also be used sarcastically, especially on TikTok, where it emphasizes a facetious sentiment. (“I’m so ✨happy✨ for my ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend!”)|
|⭐️||star||A positive emoji indicating success, achievement, fame, good news, or happiness.|
|🌟||glowing star||This is an extra-special star, so it’s used for positive or exciting messages. On Snapchat, this emoji is displayed beside someone who has had their Snaps replayed in the last 24 hours.|
|⚡️||high voltage||Technically, this emoji refers to the safety symbol for high voltage electrical currents. It’s more commonly used as a lightning bolt, symbolizing great ideas, flashes of inspiration, or excitement. It is also sometimes used to represent the party drug MDMA.|
|🔥||fire||A versatile, positive symbol, the fire emoji is used to show strong approval for something (or someone). It is also used on Snapchat to indicate that you are on a Snapstreak with someone.|
|💎||gem stone||This glittery emoji is often used to mean that someone is “a gem”. It can mean beautiful, rare, precious or special. It is also sometimes used to refer to drugs.|
|❄️||snowflake||In addition to referring to snowy weather, this emoji has several secondary meanings. It is sometimes used to refer to drugs, particularly cocaine. It is also used online as an insult to refer to a sensitive person (“a snowflake”).|
|🍋||lemon||The lemon was co-opted by Beyoncé fans after the 2016 release of Lemonade.|
|🍌||banana||This fruity emoji is often used in NSFW contexts to refer to male anatomy.|
|🍒||cherries||In addition to the fruit, this emoji can also be used to symbolize breasts.|
|🍑||peach||This emoji is most commonly used to refer to butts, not peaches.|
|🍍||pineapple||This emoji is used on Snapchat to indicate a complicated romantic relationship.|
|🍆||eggplant||Like the banana, this emoji is most commonly used for male anatomy.|
|🥑||avocado||On TikTok, this emoji is often used by couples to mean “my better half.”|
|🌶||chili pepper||This emoji is used when something is hot or spicy, whether that’s a person, a piece of gossip, or a breaking news story.|
|🌽||corn||This emoji is often used on TikTok to mean “porn.” Because TikTok safety filters catch adult content, this rhyming emoji is used as a stand-in.|
|🌮||taco||Like many of the food emojis above, this emoji is used to mean female anatomy.|
|🚁||helicopter||This emoji became popular on Snapchat in reference to Fifty Shades of Grey (and its billionaire heartthrob Christian Grey). On TikTok, it’s also used in romantic settings.|
|🌿||herb||This leafy emoji is often used to refer to marijuana|
|🍃||leaf fluttering in wind||Like the above, this is commonly used for marijuana.|
|🔌||plug||This emoji is used to mean someone has connections, or can hook you up with something. These can be illicit or shady.|
|🔒||lock||This emoji can be used to refer to secret or secure information. It’s also sometimes used on Instagram and other social media to refer to being in a relationship (“locked down”), particularly when it’s paired with a heart or another user’s name.|
|💊||pill||This emoji can be used to indicate medicine or illness. It is also sometimes used to refer to drugs.|
|🪑||chair||This emoji became a meme on TikTok in 2021, meaning that one was laughing at a joke.|
|🚩||triangular flag||Also called the “red flag emoji”, this symbol is often used to emphasize danger or share an important safety warning.|
|🦄||unicorn||A unicorn is a mythical and special creature, so this is often used to refer to something that’s too good to be true. It’s also commonly used on dating apps by users who are looking to hook up with a couple.|
|🎣||fishing pole||Can mean fishing for compliments or validation.|
Sure, it seems benign. But this is the emoji equivalent of replying to an email with “no worries!”, a passive-aggressive gesture designed to stoke anxiety in the recipient.
Because there are so many more cheerful emoji options that you could have selected, choosing this smiley face signals tepid interest at best, and outright contempt at worst.
The corn emoji is often used on TikTok to mean “porn.” Sexually explicit content goes against TikTok’s community guidelines, so users get creative when discussing adult topics. Using the corn emoji (get it? It rhymes) helps users skirt the rules and prevent their content from being deleted.
This can be used to refer to “clapping back”, when someone responds to an insult or criticism in a witty fashion.
When used between words (like 👏 this 👏) it indicates emphasis on the statement. However, accessibility advocates have pointed out that using the clapping hands emoji in this case is a nightmare for those who rely on screen readers.
While this emoji represents the puff of air that you see behind a fast-moving cartoon character, it’s also commonly used to refer to vaping or smoking. Also, based on my very scientific analysis of my own group chats, it also represents farting.
GOAT is slang for “Greatest Of All Time.” When someone drops a goat emoji, you should feel pretty good about yourself.
The snake emoji is often used to drag someone for being sneaky or duplicitous. It’s most famously linked to the Taylor Swift-Kanyé feud of 2016.
Often used by Beyoncé fans, along with the lemon emoji. Both emoji spiked dramatically after her Lemonade album dropped in 2016.
The @Beyonce effect: We're seeing notable spikes in use of the 🍋 and 🐝 emojis on Twitter. #LEMONADE pic.twitter.com/RwnQtJDFuj
— Twitter Data (@TwitterData) April 28, 2016
While this example is a few years old, the dramatic rise of the bee emoji is a reminder of how rapidly emoji meanings can evolve.
This is used frequently on Snapchat to refer to being someone’s “better half.” Cute!
This emoji is often used to refer to marijuana.
This can refer to harsh or savage behavior, like “Damn, that’s cold.”
You’ll often see the fairy emoji on TikTok as part of a dark or mean-spirited joke. As an example, someone might write in the comment on a video “You go girl! 🧚 and don’t come back plz! 🧚” or “you have so much confidence! 🧚 no idea why tho 💕☺️”
The nail polish emoji is often used to mean unbothered or indifferent. It’s a little bit sassy, like saying “Who cares? Not me.” It’s the emoji equivalent of this iconic Don Draper line. It can also be a sign that someone is gay or a part of the LGBTQIA+ community.
If you use the crying-laughing emoji when something is funny, you’re probably over 30. Gen Z, meanwhile, uses the skull when something is hilarious. (As in, “so funny I could die”).
Another emoji that has taken on new, horny connotations. The brain emoji is often used on TikTok to mean “giving head.”
This emoji is apparently a helpful person at an info desk, ready to answer your questions. But typically, it’s used like a shrug, to mean “Who knows?” or “I don’t care!” The figure looks like it’s flipping its hair, which adds a sassy or sarcastic element.
Because emoji originated in Japan, many reflect Japanese norms and culture. For example, this person is bowing deeply to indicate respect. But to many people, especially those in North America, it looks like they have their head on the table as if they are bored or exhausted. Consider your audience before using this one!
Another emoji with Japanese origins, this one resembles the veins that appear on a manga character’s face when they’re furious.
This emoji is often used to express disapproval, or signal that the sender is throwing shade.
All of the emoji above should be used with caution. Because they have hidden meanings, they might signal different things to different people— and ambiguity is never a great idea in professional communications.
Below we have a few more to avoid at work. A warning to our delicate readers: as you might guess, many of the emoji below have sexual connotations. As always, the golden rule of professional communications is to avoid unintended horniness. We’re here to help with that.
The eggplant is a stand-in for a body part with a similar shape. Don’t use it! If you’re an eggplant farm, you either need to lean all the way into this sexy connotation or skip emoji all together.
Let’s just say any phallic fruit or vegetable has no place in work communications, okay?
As mentioned in the intro, the peach is 12x more likely to be used to refer to a booty than the actual fruit. That said, if you are an underwear brand, it might work for you.
The upside-down smiley face is usually used to indicate sarcasm or facetiousness (“I’m so happy it’s raining during our beach vacation 🙃”) . Unless your brand has an edgy tone, using this emoji may confuse or irritate your customers.
Arguably the horniest emoji, which is saying something.
Often used to refer to the splashy results of… sexual congress. Please don’t make us say more.
Same as droplets. Just..don’t do it.
Users typically drop this emoji when they find something steamy or arousing. If you’re posting about the weather or a particularly fiery hot sauce, opt for a sun or flame emoji instead.
Pretty much any emoji that indicates drooling, licking, or an open mouth can be interpreted as “horny.” As such, they’re best avoided.
If you’re not sure why a smiling pile of poop doesn’t belong in your professional communications, you need more support than an emoji meanings guide can provide. Exceptions apply if you are a bidet company or a plumber.
The grinning face emoji means genuine happiness, positivity, or delight.
The grinning face with big eyes emoji means happiness, delight, or laughter.
The grinning face with smiling eyes emoji means something is so funny you are literally laughing.
The beaming face with smiling eyes emoji means something is particularly amusing or satisfying.
The grinning squinting face emoji means something is extra exciting or funny.
The grinning face with sweat emoji means you’re laughing but relieved, like when you’ve escaped a close call or resolved a stressful situation.
The rolling on the floor laughing emoji means hysterical laughter.
The face with tears of joy emoji means you’re laughing so hard, you’re crying.
The slightly smiling face emoji means you’re smiling politely as if something is slightly funny or not funny at all.
The upside-down face emoji means irony, sarcasm, facetiousness, or laughing in the face of despair. Best used with friends.
The melting face emoji means shame or embarrassment.
The winking face emoji means joking or flirting, depending on the context.
The smiling face with smiling eyes emoji means smiling, but with humility or warmth.
The smiling face with halo emoji means angelic or innocent. When used in a joking manner, it can also mean, “Who, me? I’d never do that!”
The smiling face with hearts emoji means love, friendship, or adoration.
The smiling face with heart-eyes emoji means enthusiastic love or affection.
The star-struck emoji means you’ve seen something particularly impressive or fascinating.
The face blowing a kiss emoji means a kiss goodbye. Can be used as an affectionate greeting or sign-off.
The kissing face emoji means a restrained smooch or whistle.
The smiling face emoji means an all-purpose, genuine smile. On Snapchat, this means this person is a best friend (but not your #1).
The kissing face with closed eyes emoji means affection or romantic love.
The kissing face with smiling eyes emoji means a polite or friendly kiss.
The smiling face with tear emoji means something is bittersweet or particularly touching.
The face savoring food emoji means that something is or looks delicious. This can also mean that someone looks attractive.
The face with tongue emoji means something is silly, cute or exciting.
The winking face with tongue emoji means something is goofy or silly.
The zany face emoji means something is extra silly or fun.
The squinting face with tongue emoji means exuberant hilarity or excitement.
The money-mouth face emoji means success, prestige or status.
The smiling face with open hands emoji means a warm embrace or jazz hands.
The face with hand over mouth emoji means coy laughter or embarrassment.
The face with open eyes and hand over mouth emoji means shock, surprise or disbelief.
The face with peeking eye emoji means you want to look away from something embarrassing or frightening but are unable to.
The shushing face emoji means “Be quiet!” or “This is a secret, don’t tell anyone.”
The thinking face emoji means pondering or deep in thought. Can be used sarcastically when something doesn’t make sense.
The saluting face emoji means pride, patriotism or respect. Can also be used sarcastically.
The zipper-mouth face emoji means confidentiality or secrecy.
The face with raised eyebrow emoji means suspicion, skepticism, or disbelief.
The neutral face emoji means neutrality or mild irritation. Trying not to give away any reaction.
The expressionless face emoji means frustration or annoyance.
The face without mouth emoji means shock, surprise, or confusion.
The dotted line face emoji means trying to fade into the background or feeling invisible.
The face in clouds emoji means feeling foggy or confused. Can also mean surrounded by smoke.
The smirking face emoji means something is mischievous, flirtatious or suggestive. On Snapchat, it means you are one of their best friends, but they’re not one of yours.
The unamused face emoji means something is unfunny or irritating.
The face with rolling eyes emoji means something is unfunny, boring, or frustrating.
The grimacing face emoji means something is embarrassing or awkward. On Snapchat, this means your best friend is their best friend too.
The face exhaling emoji means relief, exhaustion, or disappointment.
The lying face emoji means deceit or dishonesty. Like Pinocchio, your nose is growing.
The relieved face emoji means serene, unbothered, or blissful. This is the face you make after you know you’ve done a good job.
The pensive face emoji means quietly sad, depressed, or disappointed.
The sleepy face emoji means tired or sleeping. In anime or manga, a snot bubble indicates a character is tired or sleepy.
The drooling face emoji means desire or admiration.
The sleeping face emoji means sleep or boredom.
The face with medical mask emoji means sick or taking precautions to avoid getting sick.
The face with thermometer emoji means sick with a cold or flu.
The face with head-bandage emoji means sick with a headache or physical pain.
The nauseated face emoji means physical illness or more general disgust.
The face vomiting emoji means physical illness or intense disgust.
The sneezing face emoji means sick, especially with allergies, or crying into a tissue.
The hot face emoji means sweating from heat, spicy food, or because you saw something (or someone) you’re really into.
The cold face emoji means physically cold or unfriendly behavior.
The woozy face emoji means any state of confusion, disorientation, or infatuation.
The face with crossed-out eyes emoji means shock, surprise, or horror. Can also represent intoxication or death.
The face with spiral eyes emoji means confusion, dizziness, or disorientation.
The exploding head emoji means something is mind-blowing, awe-inspiring, or unbelievable.
The cowboy hat face emoji means exuberance, whimsy, or confidence.
The partying face emoji means good news, celebrations, happy announcements, and birthdays.
The disguised face emoji means someone is hiding or in disguise.
The smiling face with sunglasses emoji means confident, carefree, or cool. On Snapchat, this means one of your best friends is one of their best friends.
The nerd face emoji means dorky enthusiasm or interests.
The face with monocle emoji means pondering, looking closely, or thinking deeply about something.
The confused face emoji means something is strange or difficult to interpret.
The worried face emoji means something is particularly sad, tense, or upsetting.
The slightly frowning face emoji means mild worry or concern.
The frowning face emoji means moderate concern or disappointment.
The face with open mouth emoji means mild surprise, shock, or disbelief.
The hushed face emoji means surprise, embarrassment, or mild excitement.
The astonished face emoji means awe, admiration, excitement, or concern.
The flushed face emoji means embarrassment or shock.
The pleading face emoji means adoration or pleading.
The face holding back tears emoji means sadness, gratitude, or admiration.
The frowning face with open mouth emoji means something is an unpleasant or unfortunate surprise.
The anguished face emoji means alarm, confusion or sadness.
The fearful face emoji means something is upsetting but not devastating. Can mean fear, amazement, shock or sadness.
The anxious face with sweat emoji means sadness, disappointment or fear.
The sad but relieved face emoji means mild frustration or upset. The worst is over — you’re not happy, but it didn’t turn out that bad after all.
The crying face emoji means moderate sadness or pain. Sad, but trying to keep it in check.
The loudly crying face emoji means intense emotion. Can be used to convey sadness, relief, laughter, and joy.
The face screaming in fear emoji means intense or exaggerated emotion. Can be used to represent horror or fright as well as awe or excitement.
The confounded face emoji means you are overcome by emotion. Can be used to represent frustration, irritation or disgust.
The persevering face emoji means you are focused or putting in serious effort.
The disappointed face emoji means general unhappiness, including disappointment, regret, grief, or stress.
The downcast face with sweat emoji means under a lot of pressure, worried or frustrated.
The weary face emoji means tired, stressed out, anxious or worried.
The tired face emoji means tired, frustrated or sad. Depending on context, can also mean overwhelmed by excitement or affection.
The yawning face emoji means you are tired or bored by a conversation.
The face with steam from nose emoji means irritation, anger or contempt. Can also mean pride or empowerment.
The pouting face emoji means intense anger or rage.
The angry face emoji means anger, irritation or outrage.
The face with symbols on mouth emoji means fury, outrage or frustration. The symbols represent obscenities.
The smiling face with horns emoji means mischief or excitement. Often used in flirtatious ways.
The angry face with horns emoji means anger or menace. Commonly used to represent devils or devilish behavior.
The skull emoji means death or dying, usually in a figurative sense. Used by Gen Z when something is so hilarious you could die.
The skull and crossbones emoji means death or danger. Similar to the skull emoji.
The pile of poo emoji means something is awful, but you have a sense of humor about it.
The clown face emoji means something is creepy, foolish or selfish. Used when someone is making a fool of themselves.
The ghost emoji means something is surprising, funny or goofy. Generally used in a friendly way.
The alien emoji means something is weird, eerie or spooky, but in a playful way.
The alien monster emoji means something is weird, wacky or exciting. Because the pixelated design looks straight out of an old arcade game, it’s popular with vintage computer and gaming folks.
The robot emoji means something is weird, nerdy or particularly technical.
The grinning cat emoji means general pleasure or happiness. This is a cat version of the grinning face emoji.
The grinning cat with smiling eyes emoji means happiness or amusement. This is a cat version of the grinning face with smiling eyes emoji.
The cat with tears of joy emoji means something is genuinely hilarious or funny. This is a cat version of the face with tears of joy emoji.
The smiling cat with heart-eyes emoji means love, delight or admiration. This is a cat version of the smiling face with heart-eyes emoji.
The cat with wry smile emoji means sarcasm, cheekiness or mischief. Can also be flirtatious or suggestive. This is a cat version of the smirking face emoji.
The kissing cat emoji means affection, love or friendship. This is a cat version of the kissing face with closed eyes emoji.
The weary cat emoji means alarm, fear or horror. This is a cat version of the weary face emoji, though it looks more like the face screaming in fear emoji.
The crying cat emoji means sad, heartbroken, or disappointed. This is a cat version of the crying face emoji.
The pouting cat emoji means angry, annoyed or upset. This is a cat version of the pouting face emoji.
The see-no-evil monkey emoji means playful embarrassment or surprise, as in “I can’t believe what I’m seeing!” One of the three wise monkeys representing the proverb “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.”
The hear-no-evil monkey emoji means playful astonishment or disbelief, as in “I can’t believe what I’m hearing!” One of the three wise monkeys representing the proverb “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.”
The speak-no-evil monkey emoji means playful disbelief or “I can’t believe what I just said!” Can also mean you’ll keep a secret. One of the three wise monkeys representing the proverb “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.”
The kiss mark emoji means love or affection.
The love letter emoji means love, happiness or affection. Used when sending a heartfelt message.
The heart with arrow emoji means you’re feeling sweet, romantic or love-struck.
The heart with ribbon emoji means you’re sending a gift (even if that gift is just your love).
The sparkling heart emoji means you’re feeling playful and affectionate.
The growing heart emoji means your heart is growing in size, as if you’re really moved or overcome by emotion.
The beating heart emoji means passionate love or excitement. Used when someone (or something) makes your heart flutter with emotion.
The revolving hearts emoji means infatuation or falling in love.
The two hearts emoji means mutual love, affection or encouragement. On Snapchat, this means you have been #1 bffs for two months straight.
The heart decoration emoji means love, affection or admiration.
The heart exclamation emoji means love or affection. Commonly used to express enthusiastic agreement.
The broken heart emoji means sadness, heartbreak or romantic disappointment.
The heart on fire emoji means passionate love or intense feelings about someone or something.
The mending heart emoji means healing or recovering from a broken heart.
The red heart emoji means gratitude, love, hope and other warm feelings. This is the most popular heart emoji. On Snapchat, this means you have been best friends for two weeks straight.
The orange heart emoji means love, support or admiration. The newest of the rainbow hearts (added in 2017), orange is also a cheery color for friendly messages.
The yellow heart emoji means affection, optimism, friendship or kindness. On Snapchat, this means you are #1 best friends.
The green heart emoji means love, support or admiration. Green hearts are popular among fans of the K-Pop band NCT.
The blue heart emoji means affection, friendship or romance.
The purple heart emoji means love, support or admiration. Purple hearts are popular among fans of the K-Pop band BTS.
The brown heart emoji means love or affection. Often used to represent racial identity.
The black heart emoji means sorrow or dark humor. The leather jacket-clad motorcycle bad boy of heart emojis.
The white heart emoji means sympathy, kindness or gentleness.
The hundred points emoji means you strongly agree with something or think it’s completely accurate. On Snapchat, this appears when you have a 100-day Snap streak with someone.
The anger symbol emoji means fury or outrage. Meant to depict the veins that pop out on your forehead when you’re really mad.
The collision emoji means general excitement, like an explosion of joy or surprise.
The dizzy emoji means “seeing stars” from dizziness or disorientation but is also often used along with star emojis to indicate positivity, giddiness or excitement.
The sweat droplets emoji mean liquid in general. While this technically refers to sweat dripping, it’s also used as a NSFW symbol for sex.
The dashing away emoji means running fast (and represents the little puff of air that cartoon characters leave behind as they speed away). It’s also used to indicate vaping, smoking or farting.
The hole emoji means all types of literal and figurative holes. Can be used when you’re so embarrassed you wish you could crawl into a hole.
The bomb emoji means something is explosive or amazing. Usually not meant literally.
The Zzz emoji means sleep, snoring or dreaming. Can also mean something is boring.
The hourglass not done emoji means time is running out.
The hourglass done emoji means time has run out. On Snapchat, this means your streak is about to end.
The billed cap emoji is shorthand for cap, which is slang for a lie. It’s often used on social platforms like TikTok when someone thinks a user is lying. It can also be used with any no sign, like the no entry sign emoji (🚫) or the cross mark emoji (❌) to say “no cap,” or “This is true.”
The bullseye or direct hit emoji means someone has said something that’s right on the mark. Nailed it.
The waving hand emoji means either “Hello” or “Goodbye.”
The OK hand emoji means “I’m okay” or “Sounds good.”
The pinched fingers emoji, also known as “the Italian hand gesture,” can mean something is incorrect, frustrating or disappointing. In other cultures, this emoji can refer to things that are exceptionally good.
The pinching hand emoji means that something is small or that you’re almost finished with a task.
The victory hand emoji, also known as the peace sign emoji, means general goodwill or goodbye. In British culture, the reverse of this symbol is considered a rude gesture.
The crossed fingers emoji means you’re hoping something works out well.
The love-you gesture emoji means “I love you” in American Sign Language.
The sign of the horns emoji means “Rock on!” Usually associated with music, particularly heavy metal. This emoji has a variety of other meanings depending on its context.
The call me hand emoji means “Call me.” It also resembles the surfer-culture symbol that means “Hang loose” or “Take it easy!”
The backhand index pointing left emoji means “Look left.” Like the other pointing emoji, this one can be helpful if you want to underscore a point being made in a previous sentence.
The backhand index pointing right emoji means “Look right.” When used with the pointing-left hand emoji (👉👈), it can mean bashfulness or shyness.
The backhand index pointing up emoji means “Look up” or “See above.”
The middle finger emoji means you’re flipping the bird. A rude gesture meaning “F*** you!”
The backhand index pointing down emoji means “See below.”
The index pointing up emoji means you want to raise your hand, but politely. Can also represent the number one.
The thumbs up emoji means approval or “All good!”
The thumbs down emoji means disapproval, or “Not good, I don’t like it, very bad.”
The raised fist emoji means solidarity, celebration, pride or power.
The oncoming fist emoji means you either want to punch someone or fist-bump them in solidarity.
The clapping hands emoji means applause or “Great job!” Can also be used to emphasize words or statements.
The raising hands emoji means general celebration, including high fives.
The heart hands emoji means care, love, affection or support.
The open hands emoji means openness, affection or warmth. Can also be used by the Deaf community to indicate jazz hands or silent applause.
The palms up together emoji means “an open book” in American Sign Language. This emoji is also used by Muslims to represent prayer.
The handshake emoji means agreement or consensus. “It’s a deal.”
The folded hands emoji means gratitude or an enthusiastic high-five. Also called the “prayer hands” emoji.
The nail polish emoji means you feel chill, nonchalant or unbothered.
The writing hand emoji means you’re taking notes or writing down advice to use later. Can be used on its own but can be used between every word in one sentence, as in “✍️ stop ✍️ watching ✍️ tiktoks ✍️ all ✍️ day ✍️.”
The flexed biceps emoji means strength, power, or endurance. Can be sent to someone who has recently accomplished something tough or important or to show you’re working hard at something.
The brain emoji means thinking or curiosity. It has also been adopted as an NSFW sign for “giving head.”
The anatomical heart emoji means anything related to cardiology or heart health. Can also be used interchangeably with the red heart emoji.
The lungs emoji means anything related to lung health. Can be used in discussions of smoking or vaping or in reference to taking deep breaths or breathing in general.
The eyes emoji means “I saw that.” Can be used to express surprise, distaste, or disapproval. However, it can also have positive meanings— especially when sent in response to an attractive photo. On Slack or in business communications, it can mean “looking at this now” when applied to a shared document.
The eye emoji means approval or disgust, depending on context. Often used in combination with the mouth emoji (👁 👄 👁 ) to indicate surprise, shock or horror.
The tongue emoji means you’re mocking or teasing someone (sticking your tongue out at them). Can be used to mean licking or drooling.
The mouth emoji means speech in general. Often used in combination with the eye emoji (👁 👄 👁 ) to indicate surprise, shock, disgust or horror. It can also be sent instead of the kiss emoji.
The biting lip emoji means flirtation or anticipation but can also be used to indicate nervousness or anxiety.
The baby emoji means pretty much anything in relation to babies. On Snapchat, this means you just became friends.
The person gesturing no emoji means “No way!” or “Absolutely not.” There are also male and female versions of this emoji.
The person gesturing ok emoji means “All good!” or “Okay!” There are also male and female versions of this emoji.
The person tipping hand emoji means “Thank you,” but it’s more commonly used when being sassy. Originally known as “Information Desk Woman.” There are also male and female versions of this emoji.
The person raising hand emoji means you want to ask a question (or you know the answer!). There are also male and female versions of this emoji.
The deaf person emoji is used for folks who are hearing-impaired or Deaf.
The person bowing emoji means bowing with respect, but it’s often used to indicate fatigue or boredom.
The person facepalming emoji means embarrassment, shame or disbelief.
The person shrugging emoji means you have no clue, sorry!
The technologist emoji means “I’m at work” and represents technology workers or general computer users.
The baby angel emoji means innocence or sweetness. Often used during Christmas by those who celebrate.
The superhero emoji means you’re feeling heroic or you’ve pulled off an impressive feat. There are also male and female versions of this emoji.
The supervillain emoji means you’re feeling cheeky or want to cause some trouble. There are also male and female versions of this emoji.
The fairy emoji means either magic or sass, depending on its usage. Often used on TikTok or Snapchat to accompany sarcastic comments.
The merperson emoji means this mythical sea creature in particular, but can be used for anything related to the ocean or swimming. There are also male and female versions of this emoji.
The genie emoji means you’re doing someone a big favor or hoping for good luck. There are also male and female versions of this emoji.
The zombie emoji means you are feeling hungover, exhausted or barely functioning. There are also male and female versions of this emoji.
The troll emoji means someone is behaving like this scary mythical creature. Can be used when talking about internet trolls.
The person getting massage emoji means rest, relaxation or chilling out.
The person getting haircut emoji means you’re getting spruced up or taking care of your appearance.
The person running emoji means “I’m on my way!” or that you’re so excited about something that you’re running to get it. There are also male and female versions of this emoji.
The woman dancing emoji means you’re excited, happy, ready to go out and have some fun. There’s also a male version of this emoji.
The man dancing emoji means fun, good times, and a party-ready mood. This emoji is the male counterpart to the woman dancing emoji.
The people with bunny ears emoji means friendship, fun, or general party vibes. These two people in matching bunny suits represent the Japanese version of the Playboy Bunny. There are also male and female versions of this emoji.
The person in steamy room emoji means relaxation and self-care.
The sparkles emoji means generally positive feelings, like love, gratitude or excitement. Often combined with heart emojis for romantic sentiments. It can also be used sarcastically, especially on TikTok, where it emphasizes a facetious sentiment. (“I’m so ✨happy✨ for my ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend!”)
The star emoji means success, achievement, fame, good news, or happiness.
The glowing star emoji means something is particularly positive or exciting. On Snapchat, this emoji is displayed beside someone who has had their Snaps replayed in the last 24 hours.
The high voltage emoji means lightning or electricity but can also represent great ideas, flashes of inspiration, or excitement. It is also sometimes used to represent the party drug MDMA.
The fire emoji means you feel strong approval for something (or someone). It is also used on Snapchat to indicate that you are on a Snapstreak with someone.
The gem stone emoji means beautiful, rare, precious or special. Commonly used to refer to jewelry, but also sometimes used to refer to drugs.
The snowflake emoji means snowy or cold weather. This emoji has several secondary meanings. It is sometimes used to refer to drugs, particularly cocaine. It is also used online as an insult to refer to a sensitive person (“a snowflake”)
The lemon emoji means something is sour or unpleasant. Beyoncé fans co-opted this emoji after the 2016 release of Lemonade, and when used by the Beyhive means enthusiastic love for the pop star.
The banana emoji means something is crazy (“that’s bananas!”), but this fruity emoji is often used in NSFW contexts to refer to male anatomy.
The cherries emoji means the fruit, but this emoji can also be used to symbolize breasts.
The peach emoji means butts, not peaches, in most contexts.
The pineapple emoji means the fruit but is used on Snapchat to indicate a complicated romantic relationship.
The eggplant emoji means male anatomy, not the vegetable.
The avocado emoji means brunch or a healthy lifestyle. On Snapchat, couples often use this emoji to mean “my better half.”
The chili pepper emoji means something is hot or spicy, whether that’s a person, a piece of gossip, or a breaking news story.
The ear of corn emoji can mean something is corny, but this emoji is most often used on TikTok to mean “porn.” Because TikTok safety filters catch adult content, this rhyming emoji is used as a stand-in.
The taco emoji means female anatomy.
The helicopter emoji became popular on Snapchat in reference to Fifty Shades of Grey (and its billionaire heartthrob Christian Grey). On TikTok, it’s also used in romantic settings.
The herb emoji means cooking, herbal medicine, or plant life in general. Can be used to refer to marijuana.
The leaf fluttering in wind emoji means wind, spring or good weather. Can be used to refer to marijuana.
The electric plug emoji means electricity or power but is often used to mean someone has connections or can hook you up with something. These can be illicit or shady.
The locked emoji means something is secret or secure. This emoji is also sometimes used on Instagram and other social media to refer to being in a relationship (“locked down”), particularly when it’s paired with a heart or another user’s name.
The pill emoji means health, medicine or illness. It is also sometimes used to refer to drugs.
The chair emoji became a meme on TikTok in 2021, meaning that one was laughing at a joke.
The triangular flag emoji, also called the “red flag emoji,” means danger or warning.
The unicorn emoji means something is rare, unique, or special. Often used to refer to something that’s too good to be true. It’s also commonly used on dating apps by users who are looking to hook up with a couple.
The fishing pole emoji means someone is fishing for compliments or validation.
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