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 percent!

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Why it’s important to understand emoji meanings

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.

2022 emoji meanings chart: all the emoji meanings you need to know

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 2022 in the chart below.

Smiley faces emoji meanings

😀grinning faceGenuine happiness, positivity, delight.
😃grinning face with big eyesHappiness, delight, laughter.
😄grinning face with smiling eyesWhen something is so funny you are literally laughing.
😁beaming face with smiling eyesSeriously hilarious.
😆grinning squinting faceToo funny! Stop before I pee myself.
😅grinning face with sweatLaughing but relieved, like when you’ve escaped a close call or resolved a stressful situation.
🤣rolling on the floor laughingHysterical laughter.
😂face with tears of joyI’m laughing but I’m also crying! Unsurprisingly, this was the most popular emoji of 2021.
🙂slightly smiling faceThe equivalent of someone saying “oh, that’s so funny” with a completely straight face. Brutal.
🙃upside-down faceIrony, sarcasm, facetiousness, laughing in the face of despair. (“Great news, my rent just went up 🙃”). Best used with friends.
🫠melting faceShame, 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 faceFlirtatious or “just kidding!”, depending on the context.
😊smiling face with smiling eyesSmiling, but with humility or warmth.
😇smiling face with haloAngelic, 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-eyesWhen 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 kissCan be used as an affectionate greeting or sign-off.
😗kissing faceA restrained smooch or whistling. Not sure who is using this one, TBH!
smiling faceAn 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 eyesThe flushed cheeks indicate romance or friendship. A more genuine kiss.
😙kissing face with smiling eyesA polite or friendly kiss.
🥲smiling face with tearCan 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 tongueGoofiness, silliness, joking around.
🤪zany faceEven goofier than the above, a real “I’m losing it!” vibe.
😝squinting face with tongueHilarity, 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 handsA warm embrace.
🤭face with hand over mouthShock 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 eyeWhen you can’t look away from a trainwreck.
🤫shushing face“Be quiet!” Or “This is a secret, don’t tell anyone.”
🤔thinking faceSkeptical, 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 facePicture 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 mouthAt a literal loss for words. Shock, surprise, bafflement, confusion.
🫥dotted line faceTrying to fade into the background, feeling invisible, or feeling like you don’t belong.
😶‍🌫️face in cloudsA person in a steam room, or maybe hotboxing.
😏smirking faceSarcasm, 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 exhalingSighing, expressing relief, or letting out a puff of smoke.
🤥lying faceLike Pinocchio, this means you told a lie.
😌relieved faceSerene, unbothered, blissful.
😔pensive faceThoughtful, or sad, depressed, downcast.
😪sleepy faceTired or sleeping. Yes, that’s a snot bubble.
🤤drooling face“That [person or cheeseburger] looks sooooo good.”
😴sleeping faceSo tired right now.
😷face with medical maskSick, or taking precautions to avoid getting sick.
🤒face with thermometerDefinitely sick.
🤕face with head-bandageSick, with a headache, or hungover.
🤢nauseated face“That’s disgusting”
🤮face vomiting“So gross I could puke”
🤧sneezing faceSick, suffering from allergies, or crying into a tissue.
🥵hot faceSweating— from heat, spicy food, or because you saw something (or someone) you’re really into.
🥶cold faceIn addition to the obvious meaning (“I’m freezing!”), this emoji is also used to refer to frosty behavior: “Damn, that’s cold!”
🥴woozy facePerfect for any state of confusion or disorientation: drunkenness, bafflement, or exhaustion.
😵face with crossed-out eyesShock, surprise, or horror.
😵‍💫face with spiral eyesCan be used like the woozy face for confusing situations, as well as dizziness or staring at a Magic Eye puzzle too long.
🤯exploding headMind blowing, awe-inspiring, unbelievable
🤠cowboy hat faceReady for anything? This emoji signals that you’re down for an adventure. Giddy-up!
🥳partying faceFor good news, celebrations, happy announcements, and birthdays.
🥸disguised face"Who, me?"
😎smiling face with sunglassesWhen 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 faceWhen you’re too excited about the upcoming Star Wars movie.
🧐face with monocleWhen you’re pondering, looking closely, or thinking deeply about something.
😕confused facePerfect for strange situations or texts you don’t quite know how to interpret.
😟worried faceWhen your friend texts, “Great news! I picked up day-old sushi!”
🙁slightly frowning faceWhen you’re just a little worried.
frowning faceWhen you’re definitely worried.
😮face with open mouth“Oh wow!” Can be positive or negative.
😯hushed faceA more muted “uh, wow!” reaction.
😲astonished faceA “WTF!” emoji for all-purpose bafflement.
😳flushed faceEmbarrassment or shock.
🥺pleading faceWith 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 tearsWhen you’re not crying, you just have a little dust in your eye or something.
😦frowning face with open mouthUsed for unpleasant surprises or unfortunate events.
😧anguished faceLike the frowning face above, but the raised eyebrows add even more emphasis to your unhappy emotions.
😨fearful faceWhen things are not looking good, but you’re not panicking.
😰anxious face with sweatOkay, now you’re panicking.
😥sad but relieved faceThe worst is over— you’re not happy, but it didn’t turn out that bad after all.
😢crying faceSad but trying to keep it in check.
😭loudly crying faceOne of the most popular emojis, this is used for intense emotions ranging from sadness to relief, happiness, and love.
😱face screaming in fearHorror, terror, just saw the biggest spider in the shower.
😖confounded faceFrustrated, grumpy, upset.
😣persevering faceFocused, or maybe you just took a bite of something really sour.
😞disappointed faceBummed out, or just plain tired.
😓downcast face with sweatUnder a lot of pressure, worried.
😩weary faceTired, stressed out, anxious, or worried.
😫tired faceEven more exhausted and ready to quit.
🥱yawning faceDefinitely ready for bed.
😤face with steam from noseIrritated, annoyed, in a huff.
😡pouting faceStronger negative emotions— you’re upset or angry.
😠angry faceWhen you come home and find someone has eaten the last piece of pizza.
🤬face with symbols on mouthFurious, outraged, just received a parking ticket.
😈smiling face with hornsOften used in flirtatious ways, this little devil indicates cheekiness.
👿angry face with hornsYou’re ready to wreak some havoc.
💀skullDeath, dying, also used by Gen Z when something is so hilarious you could die.
☠️skull and crossbonesLike the skull above, this can mean “death” or “death from laughter.”
💩pile of pooWhen something is awful, but you have a sense of humour about it.
🤡clown faceWhen someone is making a fool of themselves.
👻ghost“Boo!” Can be used for surprising someone, or being silly.
👽alienWeirdness, eeriness, spooky vibes.
👾alien monsterA friendly little space creature that looks straight from an old arcade game. For that reason, it’s popular with vintage computer and gaming folks.
🤖robotA charming little robot for weird, nerdy, or technical occasions.
😺grinning catPleasure, happiness.
😸grinning cat with smiling eyesAbsolutely thrilled.
😹cat with tears of joyWhen something is genuinely hilarious or funny.
😻smiling cat with heart-eyesLove, delight, admiration.
😼cat with wry smileSarcasm, cheekiness, mischief.
😽kissing catAffection, love, friendship.
🙀weary catAlarm, fear, horror.
😿crying catSad, heartbroken, disappointed.
😾pouting catAngry, 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.”

Hearts and symbols emoji meanings

💋kiss markShowing someone love or affection.
💌love letterWhen you’re sending a heartfelt message.
💘heart with arrowWhen you’re feeling sweet or romantic.
💝heart with ribbonWhen you’re sending a gift (even if that gift is just your love).
💖sparkling heartAn affectionate heart with a little extra pizzazz.
💗growing heartWhen you’re really moved or emotional.
💓beating heartWhen someone (or something) makes your heart flutter with emotion.
💞revolving heartsThe connection between the two hearts symbolizes how close you feel to the person you’re exchanging this emoji with.
💕two heartsA sweet, friendly heart icon for romance or friendship. On Snapchat, this means you have been #1 BFFs for two months straight.
💟heart decorationThis little cut-out heart is a nice alternative if you find you’re wearing out the heart emoji
❣️heart exclamationA nice piece of punctuation to end a love note
💔broken heartSadness, heartbreak, romantic disappointment
❤️‍🔥heart on fireWhen you feel passionately romantic about someone or something
❤️‍🩹mending heartWhen you had your heart broken or bruised, but you’re healing
❤️red heartThe classic red heart, for all your romantic and loving messages. On Snapchat, this means you have been best friends for two weeks straight.
🧡orange heartThe newest of the rainbow hearts (added in 2017), orange is a cheery color for friendly messages.
💛yellow heartYellow hearts can mean affection, optimism, friendship or kindness. On Snapchat, this means you are #1 best friends.
💚green heartGreen hearts are popular among fans of the K-Pop band NCT
💙blue heartAffection, friendship, romance.
💜purple heartPurple hearts are popular among fans of the K-Pop band BTS.
🤎brown heartThe least popular heart emoji. Brown is earthy, grounded, natural.
🖤black heartBlack hearts have a little edge compared to the others. The leather jacket-clad motorcycle boy of heart emojis
🤍white heartSympathy, kindness, gentleness.
💯hundred pointsWhen 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 symbolRepresenting the veins that pop out on your forehead when you’re really mad, this emoji is used for fury and outrage.
💥collisionThis little explosion can be used for exciting or surprising events.
💫dizzyThis emoji represents “seeing stars” from dizziness or disorientation, but is also often used along with star emojis to indicate positivity, giddiness, or excitement.
💦sweat dropletsWhile this technically refers to sweat dripping, it’s also used as a NSFW symbol for sex.
💨dashing awayWhile 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.
🕳holeWhen you’re so embarrassed you wish you could crawl into a hole.
💣bombWhen something is amazing (“the bomb”)
💤zzzWhen you’re literally asleep right now.
hourglassTime is running out. On Snapchat, this means your streak is about to end.

Hands emoji meanings

👋waving handA friendly “hi” or “hello”
👌OK handWhen you want to let someone know everything is fine.
🤌pinched fingersAlso called “the Italian hand gesture” or the “Chef’s kiss,” this is used positively to refer to things that are exceptionally good.
🤏pinching handWhen you’re this close, or almost finished with something.
victory handV for victory! Also used in North America as the peace symbol.
🤞crossed fingersWhen you’re hoping something works out well.
🤟love-you gestureThis is the American Sign Language gesture for “I love you.”
🤘sign of the hornsThis is the gesture you might make at a concert, commonly referred to as “rock on!”
🤙call me handWhile 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 leftLike 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 rightWhen 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 fingerA rude gesture meaning “F*** you!”
👇backhand index pointing down"See below."
index pointing upWhen you want to raise your hand, but politely.
👍thumbs up“All good!”
👎thumbs down“Not good, I don’t like it, very bad.”
raised fistSolidarity, pride, power.
👊oncoming fistA threatening gesture meant to intimidate someone, or show them you’re really angry.
👏clapping handsApplause! Great job! Can also be used to emphasize words or statements.
🙌raising handsHigh-fives, celebrations, success.
🫶⊛ heart handsThis cute emoji is used to express care, love, affection and support.
👐open handsOpenness, affection, warmth. Can also be used by the Deaf community to indicate jazz hands, or silent applause.
🤲palms up togetherIn 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 handsAlso called “prayer hands,” this can be used to express gratitude or as an enthusiastic high-five.
💅nail polishThis manicure emoji represents being chill or unbothered.

Other body parts emoji meanings

💪flexed bicepsThis 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
🧠brainWhile this emoji can be used to indicate thinking or curiosity, it has also been adopted as NSFW sign for “giving head.”
🫀anatomical heartWhen you want to send someone a heart
🫁lungsCan be used in discussions of smoking or vaping, as well as medical discussions (particularly about Covid-19)
👀eyesThis “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.
👁eyeThis emoji is often used in combination with the mouth emoji (👁 👄 👁 ) to indicate surprise, shock, disgust or horror.
👅tongueThis 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.
👄mouthThis 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 lipThis emoji is often used to mean flirting, but can also be used to indicate nervousness or anxiety.

Faces and people emoji meaning

👶babyOn 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 handOriginally 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 handWhen you want to ask a question (or you know the answer!) There are also male and female versions of this emoji.
🧏deaf personUsed for folks who are hearing-impaired or Deaf.
🙇person bowingWhile this emoji indicates bowing with respect, it’s often used to indicate fatigue or boredom.
🤦person facepalmingEmbarrassment, shame, disbelief.
🤷person shruggingWhen you have no clue, sorry!
🧑‍💻technologistA great all-purpose “I’m at work” emoji for those of us with desk jobs.
👼baby angelInnocence, 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.
🦹supervillainWhen you’re feeling cheeky or want to cause some trouble. There are also male and female versions of this emoji.
🧚fairyA little mythological creature, which is often used on Snapchat to accompany sassy or sarcastic comments.
🧜merpersonA mythical sea creature. There are also male and female versions of this emoji.
🧞genieA 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.
🧟zombieAn undead creature. Perfect for when you are hungover, exhausted, or barely functioning. There are also male and female versions of this emoji.
🧌trollA scary mythical creature. Can be used when talking about internet trolls.
💆person getting massageRest, relaxation, chilling out.
💇person getting haircutGetting spruced up or taking care of your appearance.
🏃person runningThis 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 dancingWhen you’re excited, happy, ready to go out and have some fun. There’s also a male version of this emoji.
🕺man dancingThe counterpart to “woman dancing,” this emoji represents fun, good times, and a party-ready mood.
👯people with bunny earsTwo 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 roomCan be used to indicate relaxation and self-care.

Stars and other symbols emoji meanings

sparklesA 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!”)
⭐️starA positive emoji indicating success, achievement, fame, good news, or happiness.
🌟glowing starThis 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 voltageTechnically, 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.
🔥fireA 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 stoneThis 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.
❄️snowflakeIn 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”).
🍋lemonThe lemon was co-opted by Beyoncé fans after the 2016 release of Lemonade.
🍌bananaThis fruity emoji is often used in NSFW contexts to refer to male anatomy.
🍒cherriesIn addition to the fruit, this emoji can also be used to symbolize breasts.
🍑peachThis emoji is most commonly used to refer to butts, not peaches.
🍍pineappleThis emoji is used on Snapchat to indicate a complicated romantic relationship.
🍆eggplantLike the banana, this emoji is most commonly used for male anatomy.
🥑avocadoOn TikTok, this emoji is often used by couples to mean “my better half.”
🌶chili pepperThis emoji is used when something is hot or spicy, whether that’s a person, a piece of gossip, or a breaking news story.
🌽cornThis 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.
🌮tacoLike many of the food emojis above, this emoji is used to mean female anatomy.
🚁helicopterThis 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.
🌿herbThis leafy emoji is often used to refer to marijuana
🍃leaf fluttering in windLike the above, this is commonly used for marijuana.
🔌plugThis emoji is used to mean someone has connections, or can hook you up with something. These can be illicit or shady.
🔒lockThis 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.
💊pillThis emoji can be used to indicate medicine or illness. It is also sometimes used to refer to drugs.
🪑chairThis emoji became a meme on TikTok in 2021, meaning that one was laughing at a joke.
🚩triangular flagAlso called the “red flag emoji”, this symbol is often used to emphasize danger or share an important safety warning.
🦄unicornA 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.

18 tricky emojis with hidden meanings

Slightly Smiling Face 🙂

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.

Corn 🌽

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.

Clapping Hands 👏

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.

Dashing Away 💨

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 🐐

GOAT is slang for “Greatest Of All Time.” When someone drops a goat emoji, you should feel pretty good about yourself.

Snake 🐍

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.

Bee 🐝

Often used by Beyoncé fans, along with the lemon emoji. Both emoji spiked dramatically after her Lemonade album dropped in 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.

Avocado 🥑

This is used frequently on Snapchat to refer to being someone’s “better half.” Cute!

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Leaf Fluttering in Wind 🍃

This emoji is often used to refer to marijuana.

Cold Face 🥶

This can refer to harsh or savage behavior, like “Damn, that’s cold.”

Fairy 🧚

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 💕☺️

Nail Polish 💅

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.

Skull 💀

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”).

Brain 🧠

Another emoji that has taken on new, horny connotations. The brain emoji is often used on TikTok to mean “giving head.”

Information Desk Person 💁‍♀️

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.

Bowing Person 🙇

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!

Anger 💢

Another emoji with Japanese origins, this one resembles the veins that appear on a manga character’s face when they’re furious.

New Moon 🌚

This emoji is often used to express disapproval, or signal that the sender is throwing shade.

9 more emojis to avoid in professional communications

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.

Eggplant 🍆

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.

Banana 🍌

Let’s just say any phallic fruit or vegetable has no place in work communications, okay?

Peach 🍑

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.

Upside-Down Smiley face 🙃

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.

Purple Devil Emoji 😈

Arguably the horniest emoji, which is saying something.

Droplets 💦

Often used to refer to the splashy results of… sexual congress. Please don’t make us say more.

Hot Face 🥵

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.

Tongue 👅

Pretty much any emoji that indicates drooling, licking, or an open mouth can be interpreted as “horny.” As such, they’re best avoided.

Poop 💩

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.

Your complete emoji meanings guide

Smiley faces emoji meanings

😀 Grinning face emoji meaning

The grinning face emoji means genuine happiness, positivity, or delight.

😃 Grinning face with big eyes emoji meaning

The grinning face with big eyes emoji means happiness, delight, or laughter.

😄 Grinning face with smiling eyes emoji meaning

The grinning face with smiling eyes emoji means something is so funny you are literally laughing.

😁 Beaming face with smiling eyes emoji meaning

The beaming face with smiling eyes emoji means something is particularly amusing or satisfying.

😆 Grinning squinting face emoji meaning

The grinning squinting face emoji means something is extra exciting or funny.

😅 Grinning face with sweat emoji meaning

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.

🤣 Rolling on the floor laughing emoji meaning

The rolling on the floor laughing emoji means hysterical laughter.

😂 Face with tears of joy emoji meaning

The face with tears of joy emoji means you’re laughing so hard, you’re crying.

🙂 Slightly smiling face emoji meaning

The slightly smiling face emoji means you’re smiling politely as if something is slightly funny or not funny at all.

🙃 Upside-down face emoji meaning

The upside-down face emoji means irony, sarcasm, facetiousness, or laughing in the face of despair. Best used with friends.

🫠 Melting face emoji meaning

The melting face emoji means shame or embarrassment.

😉 Winking face emoji meaning

The winking face emoji means joking or flirting, depending on the context.

😊 Smiling face with smiling eyes emoji meaning

The smiling face with smiling eyes emoji means smiling, but with humility or warmth.

😇 Smiling face with halo emoji meaning

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!”

🥰 Smiling face with hearts emoji meaning

The smiling face with hearts emoji means love, friendship, or adoration.

😍 Smiling face with heart-eyes emoji meaning

The smiling face with heart-eyes emoji means enthusiastic love or affection.

🤩 Star-struck emoji meaning

The star-struck emoji means you’ve seen something particularly impressive or fascinating.

😘 Face blowing a kiss emoji meaning

The face blowing a kiss emoji means a kiss goodbye. Can be used as an affectionate greeting or sign-off.

😗 Kissing face emoji meaning

The kissing face emoji means a restrained smooch or whistle.

 Smiling face emoji meaning

The smiling face emoji means an all-purpose, genuine smile. On Snapchat, this means this person is a best friend (but not your #1).

😚 Kissing face with closed eyes emoji meaning

The kissing face with closed eyes emoji means affection or romantic love.

😙 Kissing face with smiling eyes emoji meaning

The kissing face with smiling eyes emoji means a polite or friendly kiss.

🥲 Smiling face with tear emoji meaning

The smiling face with tear emoji means something is bittersweet or particularly touching.

😋 Face savoring food emoji meaning

The face savoring food emoji means that something is or looks delicious. This can also mean that someone looks attractive.

😛 Face with tongue emoji meaning

The face with tongue emoji means something is silly, cute or exciting.

😜 Winking face with tongue emoji meaning

The winking face with tongue emoji means something is goofy or silly.

🤪 Zany face emoji meaning

The zany face emoji means something is extra silly or fun.

😝 Squinting face with tongue emoji meaning

The squinting face with tongue emoji means exuberant hilarity or excitement.

🤑 Money-mouth face emoji meaning

The money-mouth face emoji means success, prestige or status.

🤗 Smiling face with open hands emoji meaning

The smiling face with open hands emoji means a warm embrace or jazz hands.

🤭 Face with hand over mouth emoji meaning

The face with hand over mouth emoji means coy laughter or embarrassment.

🫢 Face with open eyes and hand over mouth emoji meaning

The face with open eyes and hand over mouth emoji means shock, surprise or disbelief.

🫣 Face with peeking eye emoji meaning

The face with peeking eye emoji means you want to look away from something embarrassing or frightening but are unable to.

🤫 Shushing face emoji meaning

The shushing face emoji means “Be quiet!” or “This is a secret, don’t tell anyone.”

🤔 Thinking face emoji meaning

The thinking face emoji means pondering or deep in thought. Can be used sarcastically when something doesn’t make sense.

🫡 Saluting face emoji meaning

The saluting face emoji means pride, patriotism or respect. Can also be used sarcastically.

🤐 Zipper-mouth face emoji meaning

The zipper-mouth face emoji means confidentiality or secrecy.

🤨 Face with raised eyebrow emoji meaning

The face with raised eyebrow emoji means suspicion, skepticism, or disbelief.

😐 Neutral face emoji meaning

The neutral face emoji means neutrality or mild irritation. Trying not to give away any reaction.

😑 Expressionless face emoji meaning

The expressionless face emoji means frustration or annoyance.

😶 Face without mouth emoji meaning

The face without mouth emoji means shock, surprise, or confusion.

🫥 Dotted line face emoji meaning

The dotted line face emoji means trying to fade into the background or feeling invisible.

😶‍🌫️ Face in clouds emoji meaning

The face in clouds emoji means feeling foggy or confused. Can also mean surrounded by smoke.

😏 Smirking face emoji meaning

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.

😒 Unamused face emoji meaning

The unamused face emoji means something is unfunny or irritating.

🙄 Face with rolling eyes emoji meaning

The face with rolling eyes emoji means something is unfunny, boring, or frustrating.

😬 Grimacing face emoji meaning

The grimacing face emoji means something is embarrassing or awkward. On Snapchat, this means your best friend is their best friend too.

😮‍💨 Face exhaling emoji meaning

The face exhaling emoji means relief, exhaustion, or disappointment.

🤥 Lying face emoji meaning

The lying face emoji means deceit or dishonesty. Like Pinocchio, your nose is growing.

😌 Relieved face emoji meaning

The relieved face emoji means serene, unbothered, or blissful.

😔 Pensive face emoji meaning

The pensive face emoji means quietly sad, depressed, or disappointed.

😪 Sleepy face emoji meaning

The sleepy face emoji means tired or sleeping. In anime or manga, a snot bubble indicates a character is tired or sleepy.

🤤 Drooling face emoji meaning

The drooling face emoji means desire or admiration.

😴 Sleeping face emoji meaning

The sleeping face emoji means sleep or boredom.

😷 Face with medical mask emoji meaning

The face with medical mask emoji means sick or taking precautions to avoid getting sick.

🤒 Face with thermometer emoji meaning

The face with thermometer emoji means sick with a cold or flu.

🤕 Face with head-bandage emoji meaning

The face with head-bandage emoji means sick with a headache or physical pain.

🤢 Nauseated face emoji meaning

The nauseated face emoji means physical illness or more general disgust.

🤮 Face vomiting emoji meaning

The face vomiting emoji means physical illness or intense disgust.

🤧 Sneezing face emoji meaning

The sneezing face emoji means sick, especially with allergies, or crying into a tissue.

🥵 Hot face emoji meaning

The hot face emoji means sweating from heat, spicy food, or because you saw something (or someone) you’re really into.

🥶 Cold face emoji meaning

The cold face emoji means physically cold or unfriendly behavior.

🥴 Woozy face emoji meaning

The woozy face emoji means any state of confusion, disorientation, or infatuation.

😵 Face with crossed-out eyes emoji meaning

The face with crossed-out eyes emoji means shock, surprise, or horror. Can also represent intoxication or death.

😵‍💫 Face with spiral eyes emoji meaning

The face with spiral eyes emoji means confusion, dizziness, or disorientation.

🤯 Exploding head emoji meaning

The exploding head emoji means something is mind-blowing, awe-inspiring, or unbelievable.

🤠 Cowboy hat face emoji meaning

The cowboy hat face emoji means exuberance, whimsy, or confidence.

🥳 Partying face emoji meaning

The partying face emoji means good news, celebrations, happy announcements, and birthdays.

🥸 Disguised face emoji meaning

The disguised face emoji means someone is hiding or in disguise.

😎 Smiling face with sunglasses emoji meaning

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.

🤓 Nerd face emoji meaning

The nerd face emoji means dorky enthusiasm or interests.

🧐 Face with monocle emoji meaning

The face with monocle emoji means pondering, looking closely, or thinking deeply about something.

😕 Confused face emoji meaning

The confused face emoji means something is strange or difficult to interpret.

😟 Worried face emoji meaning

The worried face emoji means something is particularly sad, tense, or upsetting.

🙁 Slightly frowning face emoji meaning

The slightly frowning face emoji means mild worry or concern.

Frowning face emoji meaning

The frowning face emoji means moderate concern or disappointment.

😮 Face with open mouth emoji meaning

The face with open mouth emoji means mild surprise, shock, or disbelief.

😯 Hushed face emoji meaning

The hushed face emoji means surprise, embarrassment, or mild excitement.

😲 Astonished face emoji meaning

The astonished face emoji means awe, admiration, excitement, or concern.

😳 Flushed face emoji meaning

The flushed face emoji means embarrassment or shock.

🥺 Pleading face emoji meaning

The pleading face emoji means adoration or pleading.

🥹 Face holding back tears emoji meaning

The face holding back tears emoji means sadness, gratitude, or admiration.

😦 Frowning face with open mouth emoji meaning

The frowning face with open mouth emoji means something is an unpleasant or unfortunate surprise.

😧 Anguished face emoji meaning

The anguished face emoji means alarm, confusion or sadness.

😨 Fearful face emoji meaning

The fearful face emoji means something is upsetting but not devastating. Can mean fear, amazement, shock or sadness.

😰 Anxious face with sweat emoji meaning

The anxious face with sweat emoji means sadness, disappointment or fear.

😥 Sad but relieved face emoji meaning

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.

😢 Crying face emoji meaning

The crying face emoji means moderate sadness or pain. Sad, but trying to keep it in check.

😭 Loudly crying face emoji meaning

The loudly crying face emoji means intense emotion. Can be used to convey sadness, relief, laughter, and joy.

😱 Face screaming in fear emoji meaning

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.

😖 Confounded face emoji meaning

The confounded face emoji means you are overcome by emotion. Can be used to represent frustration, irritation or disgust.

😣 Persevering face emoji meaning

The persevering face emoji means you are focused or putting in serious effort.

😞 Disappointed face emoji meaning

The disappointed face emoji means general unhappiness, including disappointment, regret, grief, or stress.

😓 Downcast face with sweat emoji meaning

The downcast face with sweat emoji means under a lot of pressure, worried or frustrated.

😩 Weary face emoji meaning

The weary face emoji means tired, stressed out, anxious or worried.

😫 Tired face emoji meaning

The tired face emoji means tired, frustrated or sad. Depending on context, can also mean overwhelmed by excitement or affection.

🥱 Yawning face emoji meaning

The yawning face emoji means you are tired or bored by a conversation.

😤 Face with steam from nose emoji meaning

The face with steam from nose emoji means irritation, anger or contempt. Can also mean pride or empowerment.

😡 Pouting face emoji meaning

The pouting face emoji means intense anger or rage.

😠 Angry face emoji meaning

The angry face emoji means anger, irritation or outrage.

🤬 Face with symbols on mouth emoji meaning

The face with symbols on mouth emoji means fury, outrage or frustration. The symbols represent obscenities.

😈 Smiling face with horns emoji meaning

The smiling face with horns emoji means mischief or excitement. Often used in flirtatious ways.

👿 Angry face with horns emoji meaning

The angry face with horns emoji means anger or menace. Commonly used to represent devils or devilish behavior.

💀 Skull emoji meaning

The skull emoji means death or dying, usually in a figurative sense. Used by Gen Z when something is so hilarious you could die.

☠️ Skull and crossbones emoji meaning

The skull and crossbones emoji means death or danger. Similar to the skull emoji.

💩 Pile of poo emoji meaning

The pile of poo emoji means something is awful, but you have a sense of humor about it.

🤡 Clown face emoji meaning

The clown face emoji means something is creepy, foolish or selfish. Used when someone is making a fool of themselves.

👻 Ghost emoji meaning

The ghost emoji means something is surprising, funny or goofy. Generally used in a friendly way.

👽 Alien emoji meaning

The alien emoji means something is weird, eerie or spooky, but in a playful way.

👾 Alien monster emoji meaning

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.

🤖 Robot emoji meaning

The robot emoji means something is weird, nerdy or particularly technical.

😺 Grinning cat emoji meaning

The grinning cat emoji means general pleasure or happiness. This is a cat version of the grinning face emoji.

😸 Grinning cat with smiling eyes emoji meaning

The grinning cat with smiling eyes emoji means happiness or amusement. This is a cat version of the grinning face with smiling eyes emoji.

😹 Cat with tears of joy emoji meaning

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.

😻 Smiling cat with heart-eyes emoji meaning

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.

😼 Cat with wry smile emoji meaning

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.

😽 Kissing cat emoji meaning

The kissing cat emoji means affection, love or friendship. This is a cat version of the kissing face with closed eyes emoji.

🙀 Weary cat emoji meaning

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.

😿 Crying cat emoji meaning

The crying cat emoji means sad, heartbroken, or disappointed. This is a cat version of the crying face emoji.

😾 Pouting cat emoji meaning

The pouting cat emoji means angry, annoyed or upset. This is a cat version of the pouting face emoji.

🙈 See-no-evil monkey emoji meaning

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.”

🙉 Hear-no-evil monkey emoji meaning

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.”

🙊 Speak-no-evil monkey emoji meaning

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.”

Hearts and symbols emoji meanings

💋 Kiss mark emoji meaning

The kiss mark emoji means love or affection.

💌 Love letter emoji meaning

The love letter emoji means love, happiness or affection. Used when sending a heartfelt message.

💘 Heart with arrow emoji meaning

The heart with arrow emoji means you’re feeling sweet, romantic or love-struck.

💝 Heart with ribbon emoji meaning

The heart with ribbon emoji means you’re sending a gift (even if that gift is just your love).

💖 Sparkling heart emoji meaning

The sparkling heart emoji means you’re feeling playful and affectionate.

💗 Growing heart emoji meaning

The growing heart emoji means your heart is growing in size, as if you’re really moved or overcome by emotion.

💓 Beating heart emoji meaning

The beating heart emoji means passionate love or excitement. Used when someone (or something) makes your heart flutter with emotion.

💞 Revolving hearts emoji meaning

The revolving hearts emoji means infatuation or falling in love.

💕 Two hearts emoji meaning

The two hearts emoji means mutual love, affection or encouragement. On Snapchat, this means you have been #1 bffs for two months straight.

💟 Heart decoration emoji meaning

The heart decoration emoji means love, affection or admiration.

❣️ Heart exclamation emoji meaning

The heart exclamation emoji means love or affection. Commonly used to express enthusiastic agreement.

💔 Broken heart emoji meaning

The broken heart emoji means sadness, heartbreak or romantic disappointment.

❤️‍🔥 Heart on fire emoji meaning

The heart on fire emoji means passionate love or intense feelings about someone or something.

❤️‍🩹 Mending heart emoji meaning

The mending heart emoji means healing or recovering from a broken heart.

❤️ Red heart emoji meaning

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.

🧡 Orange heart emoji meaning

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.

💛 Yellow heart emoji meaning

The yellow heart emoji means affection, optimism, friendship or kindness. On Snapchat, this means you are #1 best friends.

💚 Green heart emoji meaning

The green heart emoji means love, support or admiration. Green hearts are popular among fans of the K-Pop band NCT.

💙 Blue heart emoji meaning

The blue heart emoji means affection, friendship or romance.

💜 Purple heart emoji meaning

The purple heart emoji means love, support or admiration. Purple hearts are popular among fans of the K-Pop band BTS.

🤎 Brown heart emoji meaning

The brown heart emoji means love or affection. Often used to represent racial identity.

🖤 Black heart emoji meaning

The black heart emoji means sorrow or dark humor. The leather jacket-clad motorcycle bad boy of heart emojis.

🤍 White heart emoji meaning

The white heart emoji means sympathy, kindness or gentleness.

💯 Hundred points emoji meaning

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.

💢 Anger symbol emoji meaning

The anger symbol emoji means fury or outrage. Meant to depict the veins that pop out on your forehead when you’re really mad.

💥 Collision emoji meaning

The collision emoji means general excitement, like an explosion of joy or surprise.

💫 Dizzy emoji meaning

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.

💦 Sweat droplets emoji meaning

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.

💨 Dashing away emoji meaning

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.

🕳 Hole emoji meaning

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.

💣 Bomb emoji meaning

The bomb emoji means something is explosive or amazing. Usually not meant literally.

💤 Zzz emoji meaning

The Zzz emoji means sleep, snoring or dreaming. Can also mean something is boring.

⏳ Hourglass not done emoji meaning

The hourglass not done emoji means time is running out.

⏳ Hourglass done emoji meaning

The hourglass done emoji means time has run out. On Snapchat, this means your streak is about to end.

Hands emoji meanings

👋 Waving hand emoji meaning

The waving hand emoji means either “Hello” or “Goodbye.”

👌 OK hand emoji meaning

The OK hand emoji means “I’m okay” or “Sounds good.”

🤌 Pinched fingers emoji meaning

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.

🤏 Pinching hand emoji meaning

The pinching hand emoji means that something is small or that you’re almost finished with a task.

✌ Victory hand emoji meaning

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.

🤞 Crossed fingers emoji meaning

The crossed fingers emoji means you’re hoping something works out well.

🤟 Love-you gesture emoji meaning

The love-you gesture emoji means “I love you” in American Sign Language.

🤘 Sign of the horns emoji meaning

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.

🤙 Call me hand emoji meaning

The call me hand emoji means “Call me.” It also resembles the surfer-culture symbol that means “Hang loose” or “Take it easy!”

👈 Backhand index pointing left emoji meaning

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.

👉 Backhand index pointing right emoji meaning

The backhand index pointing right emoji means “Look right.” When used with the pointing-left hand emoji (👉👈), it can mean bashfulness or shyness.

👆 Backhand index pointing up emoji meaning

The backhand index pointing up emoji means “Look up” or “See above.”

🖕 Middle finger emoji meaning

The middle finger emoji means you’re flipping the bird. A rude gesture meaning “F*** you!”

👇 Backhand index pointing down emoji meaning

The backhand index pointing down emoji means “See below.”

☝ Index pointing up emoji meaning

The index pointing up emoji means you want to raise your hand, but politely. Can also represent the number one.

👍 Thumbs up emoji meaning

The thumbs up emoji means approval or “All good!”

👎 Thumbs down emoji meaning

The thumbs down emoji means disapproval, or “Not good, I don’t like it, very bad.”

✊ Raised fist emoji meaning

The raised fist emoji means solidarity, celebration, pride or power.

👊 Oncoming fist emoji meaning

The oncoming fist emoji means you either want to punch someone or fist-bump them in solidarity.

👏 Clapping hands emoji meaning

The clapping hands emoji means applause or “Great job!” Can also be used to emphasize words or statements.

🙌 Raising hands emoji meaning

The raising hands emoji means general celebration, including high fives.

🫶 Heart hands emoji meaning

The heart hands emoji means care, love, affection or support.

👐 Open hands emoji meaning

The open hands emoji means openness, affection or warmth. Can also be used by the Deaf community to indicate jazz hands or silent applause.

🤲 Palms up together emoji meaning

The palms up together emoji means “an open book” in American Sign Language. This emoji is also used by Muslims to represent prayer.

🤝 Handshake emoji meaning

The handshake emoji means agreement or consensus. “It’s a deal.”

🙏 Folded hands emoji meaning

The folded hands emoji means gratitude or an enthusiastic high-five. Also called the “prayer hands” emoji.

💅 Nail polish emoji meaning

The nail polish emoji means you feel chill, nonchalant or unbothered.

💪 Flexed biceps emoji meaning

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.

🧠 Brain emoji meaning

The brain emoji means thinking or curiosity. It has also been adopted as an NSFW sign for “giving head.”

🫀 Anatomical heart emoji meaning

The anatomical heart emoji means anything related to cardiology or heart health. Can also be used interchangeably with the red heart emoji.

🫁 Lungs emoji meaning

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.

👀 Eyes emoji meaning

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.

👁 Eye emoji meaning

The eye emoji means approval or disgust, depending on context. Often used in combination with the mouth emoji (👁 👄 👁 ) to indicate surprise, shock or horror.

👅 Tongue emoji meaning

The tongue emoji means you’re mocking or teasing someone (sticking your tongue out at them). Can be used to mean licking or drooling.

👄 Mouth emoji meaning

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.

🫦 Biting lip emoji meaning

The biting lip emoji means flirtation or anticipation but can also be used to indicate nervousness or anxiety.

👶 Baby emoji meaning

The baby emoji means pretty much anything in relation to babies. On Snapchat, this means you just became friends.

🙅 Person gesturing No emoji meaning

The person gesturing no emoji means “No way!” or “Absolutely not.” There are also male and female versions of this emoji.

🙆 Person gesturing OK emoji meaning

The person gesturing ok emoji means “All good!” or “Okay!” There are also male and female versions of this emoji.

💁 Person tipping hand emoji meaning

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.

🙋 Person raising hand emoji meaning

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.

🧏 Deaf person emoji meaning

The deaf person emoji is used for folks who are hearing-impaired or Deaf.

🙇 Person bowing emoji meaning

The person bowing emoji means bowing with respect, but it’s often used to indicate fatigue or boredom.

🤦 Person facepalming emoji meaning

The person facepalming emoji means embarrassment, shame or disbelief.

🤷 Person shrugging emoji meaning

The person shrugging emoji means you have no clue, sorry!

🧑‍💻 Technologist emoji meaning

The technologist emoji means “I’m at work” and represents technology workers or general computer users.

👼 Baby angel emoji meaning

The baby angel emoji means innocence or sweetness. Often used during Christmas by those who celebrate.

🦸 Superhero emoji meaning

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.

🦹 Supervillain emoji meaning

The supervillain emoji means you’re feeling cheeky or want to cause some trouble. There are also male and female versions of this emoji.

🧚 Fairy emoji meaning

The fairy emoji means either magic or sass, depending on its usage. Often used on TikTok or Snapchat to accompany sarcastic comments.

🧜 Merperson emoji meaning

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.

🧞 Genie emoji meaning

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.

🧟 Zombie emoji meaning

The zombie emoji means you are feeling hungover, exhausted or barely functioning. There are also male and female versions of this emoji.

🧌 Troll emoji meaning

The troll emoji means someone is behaving like this scary mythical creature. Can be used when talking about internet trolls.

💆 Person getting massage emoji meaning

The person getting massage emoji means rest, relaxation or chilling out.

💇 Person getting haircut emoji meaning

The person getting haircut emoji means you’re getting spruced up or taking care of your appearance.

🏃 Person running emoji meaning

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.

💃 Woman dancing emoji meaning

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.

🕺 Man dancing emoji meaning

The man dancing emoji means fun, good times, and a party-ready mood. This emoji is the male counterpart to the woman dancing emoji.

👯 People with bunny ears emoji meaning

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.

🧖 Person in steamy room emoji meaning

The person in steamy room emoji means relaxation and self-care.

Stars and other symbols emoji meanings

✨ Sparkles emoji meaning

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!”)

⭐️ Star emoji meaning

The star emoji means success, achievement, fame, good news, or happiness.

🌟 Glowing star emoji meaning

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.

⚡️ High voltage emoji meaning

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.

🔥 Fire emoji meaning

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.

💎 Gem stone emoji meaning

The gem stone emoji means beautiful, rare, precious or special. Commonly used to refer to jewelry, but also sometimes used to refer to drugs.

❄️ Snowflake emoji meaning

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”)

🍋 Lemon emoji meaning

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.

🍌 Banana emoji meaning

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.

🍒 Cherries emoji meaning

The cherries emoji means the fruit, but this emoji can also be used to symbolize breasts.

🍑 Peach emoji meaning

The peach emoji means butts, not peaches, in most contexts.

🍍 Pineapple emoji meaning

The pineapple emoji means the fruit but is used on Snapchat to indicate a complicated romantic relationship.

🍆 Eggplant emoji meaning

The eggplant emoji means male anatomy, not the vegetable.

🥑 Avocado emoji meaning

The avocado emoji means brunch or a healthy lifestyle. On Snapchat, couples often use this emoji to mean “my better half.”

🌶 Chili pepper emoji meaning

The chili pepper emoji means something is hot or spicy, whether that’s a person, a piece of gossip, or a breaking news story.

🌽 Ear of corn emoji meaning

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.

🌮 Taco emoji meaning

The taco emoji means female anatomy.

🚁 Helicopter emoji meaning

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.

🌿 Herb emoji meaning

The herb emoji means cooking, herbal medicine, or plant life in general. Can be used to refer to marijuana.

🍃 Leaf fluttering in wind emoji meaning

The leaf fluttering in wind emoji means wind, spring or good weather. Can be used to refer to marijuana.

🔌 Electric plug emoji meaning

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.

🔒 Locked emoji meaning

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.

💊 Pill emoji meaning

The pill emoji means health, medicine or illness. It is also sometimes used to refer to drugs.

🪑 Chair emoji meaning

The chair emoji became a meme on TikTok in 2021, meaning that one was laughing at a joke.

🚩 Triangular flag emoji meaning

The triangular flag emoji, also called the “red flag emoji,” means danger or warning.

🦄 Unicorn emoji meaning

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.

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