Emoticons what does that mean

The Real Emoji Meanings Explained!

We can already explain the emoji meaning of a smiley 😊 - it just expresses joy! It is the same with smileys, such as sadness 😒, laughter πŸ˜„ or anger 😑, which we send every day on WhatsApp. But what do smileys mean, like πŸ†Ž, or 🤟 actually? Do you know If not, that doesn't matter either: We have collected the meanings of the most popular (and obscure) smileys and emojis for you. This is also a good way to prevent sending an emoji that might make a person angry - or frightened. πŸ˜‚


Emoji meaning of faces

πŸ™ƒ - What does the upside down smiling face mean?

You have probably come across this smiley before and you were never so sure what it could mean, right? Does the emoji (also called "emoticon") smile or not? Is it a real laugh or a sneaky one? The actual meaning of the upturned face is harmless: "I don't mean it!" Here irony is served on a silver platter so that there is no misunderstanding.

🀭 - What does the face with the hand over the mouth mean?

Well-minded people might think this face was expressing embarrassment - a goofy childish chuckle. Yes and no. The smiley actually stands for a sudden realization and is used to show that the truth is not being spoken at the moment! Either by the person themselves or by whoever is getting the emoji.

πŸ˜—πŸ˜™πŸ˜š - What do the kissing faces mean?

Perhaps interesting to know for everyone who likes to send the third kiss smiley 😚 on WhatsApp: It is to be understood as a loving kiss - for close friends, partners, family, etc. The first kiss smiley πŸ˜— is more of a nice gesture to say β€œhello” - even to people who are only superficially known! You can tell by the open eyes and the neutral facial expression. πŸ˜‰

πŸ˜‹ - What does the face with the tongue mean?

Is often used when something particularly clever has just been said - the emoticon has nothing to do with what is said! The smiley is used when there is something really tasty to eat. The face should show that you are hungry and looking forward to the feast.

😫 - What does the face with closed eyes stand for?

You'd think the person who sent such an emoji on WhatsApp is super frustrated. To some extent, it's about that too, but only for one thing: The face only represents fatigue, which leads to great dissatisfaction. Emojis such as πŸ˜”, πŸ˜– or 🀬 stand for frustration!

😀 - What does the face with steam from the nose mean?

The emoji looks slightly pissed, doesn't it? It should actually mean exactly the opposite! The smiley stands for triumph and superiority (both of which are evidently made clear by steam in the nose - have you tried it?). For example, if you explain to a person why their 😀 emoji has been misplaced, you can put your own right afterwards. 🀣

πŸ˜‰ - What does the winking face mean?

If a message sounds pretty harsh in itself (and maybe it is meant to be) - put a smiley behind it and the world is all right again! 🀣 But did you know that this face is also used in sexting and can be pretty flirty? So better think twice before you send that smiley face. πŸ˜„

πŸ˜₯ - What does the sad face with the sweat mean?

At first glance, this smiley looks like a sad, crying smiley - but it means something else! It symbolizes the relief to have come through a situation, but not to have emerged from it without bruises ...

😢 - What does the face without a mouth mean?

We can usually interpret emoticons from a complete face through the overall package: eyes, sometimes eyebrows and mouth. Two essential things are missing here, so what does this smiley mean? In short: silence. A good choice in embarrassing or otherwise demanding situations, when you don't know what to say or how to react, but don't want to completely ignore the other person's message.


Emoji meaning of hands and gestures

🀲 - What do the palms of the hands that are pointing upwards mean?

This emoji has several meanings: On the one hand, it can stand for a request, either to a "force majeure" or to another person. In sign language it stands for an open book!

πŸ‘ - What do the open hands mean?

This is not entirely clear - in our opinion. πŸ˜„ But the open hands stretch out towards the other, so it is a sign of affection. It can also suggest a hug. So with a little imagination.

✌️ - What does the victory gesture mean?

Yeah, you might be thinking: "Well, the victory gesture just means the victory gesture!" Not so fast, Mr. * Ms. Nine times wise! So yeah you are right πŸ˜‚ But it depends on where and to whom you make this gesture! In many countries, including Germany, it may be understood as a sign of victory, but in England it is an insulting gesture and indicates the spread of a woman's legs (of course πŸ™„). So take care!

🀟 - What does the gesture with fingers outstretched mean?

Is often used at concerts or in (silly? πŸ˜„) photos and can easily be confused with 🀘 - the symbols have very different meanings! 🀟 is the symbol for "I love you" in American sign language. πŸ’— Generally a positive message. 🀘 stands for β€œdevil horns” or horns in general. First a gesture by the metal fans, but also a sign to ward off misfortune or to show infidelity. So be careful what your thumb is doing when you want to do the sign, otherwise you will say something else. πŸ˜‰

🀚 - What does the back of the hand mean?

A gesture that we rarely make ourselves or see from others in real life and therefore a bit difficult to classify. In general, it's about getting attention or asking for something. So the person has the attention in any case when everyone first has to check what the emoji actually means. 😁

πŸ– - What does the raised hand mean?

When using hand emojis you have to be really careful, as the meanings sometimes differ! As in this case: The sign can either mean β€œStop! Don't come any closer ”orβ€œ Stop it now! ”- which can also be the case with the other hand signal βœ‹. Or it can indicate a "high five". So it really always depends on the context, but maybe confusing rather than clarifying the situation ?!

🀏 - What does the pinching hand mean?

Very clearly: "I would like to pinch you!" πŸ˜‚ More common, however, is the meaning that you only need very little of something: ingredients, time ... Or the opposite: you only have very little of something: ingredients, time ... πŸ˜‰


Emoji meaning of animals and nature

πŸ˜ΊπŸ˜ΈπŸ˜ΉπŸ˜»πŸ˜ΌπŸ˜½πŸ™€πŸ˜ΏπŸ˜Ύ - What do the cat smileys mean?

Yes, strictly speaking, the cat emojis are now part of the faces. But a cat is still an animal, so here's a quick run-through:

  • 😺 stands for smile, but also femininity
  • 😸 stands for fun and satisfaction
  • 😹 stands for really strong laughter with tears in your eyes
  • 😻 stands for affection and admiration for something or someone
  • 😼 stands for self-confidence, challenge to the other person and ridicule
  • 😽 stands for affection - it's not easy to get from a cat! πŸ˜‰
  • The πŸ™€ smiley is often used in the context of shock, although it actually stands for tiredness and exhaustion, because the cat yawns
  • 😿 stands for a sad cat, either because the person got bad news or shows you empathy because of the bad news.
  • And this smiley 😾 shows: β€œI'm angry!” Caution is advised here, cats in a bad mood are really ungracious! 😹

πŸ΅πŸ™ˆπŸ™‰πŸ™Š - What do the monkey emojis mean?

By now everyone should have seen the monkey emojis in some context - even outside of WhatsApp, Instagram and Co.! The three monkey faces allude to the Japanese story from the book of Confucius, the saying goes: "Nothing [Evil] see, hear, say." So:

  • πŸ™ˆ the monkey Mizaru overlooks the bad. But it is also often used in the context of (foreign) shame
  • πŸ™Š the monkey Iwazaru doesn't speak badly. The smiley is also used for the opposite, when something has slipped out of a person.
  • πŸ™‰ the monkey Kikazaru doesn't hear anything bad. Is also used to not want to listen to the truth or to avoid a conversation in general

πŸ¦„ - What does the unicorn stand for?

The unicorn is a magical mythical creature and can only be tamed by a virgin, it is said. So it stands for innocence, purity and uniqueness. Also a bit for naivety, but in a positive way.

πŸ¦• - What does the dinosaur stand for?

The long-necked dinosaur is a "sauropod" and many know him well - just like the one here πŸ¦– from the "Jurassic Park" films. The emoji is a possible and veeeery around the corner way of telling someone that you are a vegetarian. 🀣

πŸ¦‹ - What does the butterfly mean?

The butterfly has a particularly positive meaning: It stands for spring, the soul, for being in love and for beauty that has arisen in something inconspicuous. 😍

πŸƒ - What does the water buffalo mean?

We come to the more obscure animal emojis. 🀣 When was the last time you received a water buffalo? It stands for stability, endurance and is also a symbol for male sexuality (oh yes πŸ˜‚)! He is also known as one of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs. So either the person who sends you something like this is mythologically well educated - or pretty clumsy when it comes to flirting.

πŸŽ‹ - What does the Tanabata tree mean?

What looks like a cactus with a flag is actually the Japanese Tanabata tree. Wishes are hung on it on the day of the festival in Japan, which one hopes will come true. So an obscure (and sweet) way of saying to someone, "I wish you the best of luck" or "I hope your wishes come true". 😊

πŸ„ - What does the mushroom mean?

This is a bit contradictory: Actually, the mushroom stands for luck ("lucky mushroom") or autumn. The mushroom shown is a fly agaric and therefore highly poisonous! The emoticon was probably chosen because every mushroom noob knows at least the fly agaric.

🌸 - What does the cherry blossom stand for?

In spring you can enjoy the cherry blossoms that fill the world with pink flowers! πŸ’– And beauty is also a meaning of these flowers. In Japan, the cherry blossom festival is also taken very seriously and is definitely a highlight! However, the emoji is rather not suitable for birthday greetings or the like - because the flower also stands for the transience of the beautiful (huh ...). πŸ˜€


Emoji meaning of symbols

πŸ‘€ - What does the silhouette mean?

An emoji for secret people! The shadow or silhouette of a person stands for secrets and the unknown. Exciting!

πŸ’Ύ - What does the floppy disk mean?

Who still knows that, hands up ?! πŸ™Œ The floppy disk was THE storage medium until the 90s (a lot didn't fit on it, but you didn't need a lot). At some point removed from the CDs πŸ’Ώ, then DVDs πŸ“€, in the meantime we mostly store things in some kind of clouds ☁. But it is still used today as a memory symbol, for example in Word!

πŸ”« - What does the gun mean?

The gun emoji used to be a real weapon. It was no great wonder that it wasn't so well received, so it was finally changed to a toy gun. At least that doesn't come across as threatening, even if the emoticon is used more in a threatening context ("putting the gun on someone's chest" means something like: "putting someone under great pressure with something").

🧿 - What does the amulet mean?

The amulet looks a lot like an eye - on purpose! The "Nazar amulet" comes from oriental countries and is believed to ward off the "evil eye" and disaster.

πŸ’ˆ - What does the cylinder mean?

Kind of like a candy, right? But has nothing to do with it. In America, the so-called "Barber Pole" is a symbol for a barber (hairdresser who is responsible for cutting the beard). That's why you can find these parts at the entrance to β€œbarbershops” in America.

πŸ“…πŸ“† - What do the calendars mean?

Look almost the same at first glance, but do they mean something different? The calendar πŸ“… means that you mark a certain day or that your own calendar is already very full. The tear-off calendar πŸ“† means that you count the days up to a certain event or that the days fly by. Important difference ☝ 😁

πŸ•‰ - What does this symbol mean?

This emoji stands for the mantra "Om" (written in Sanskrit). It is - so it is said at least in religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism - the primordial sound in the creation of the universe. Popularly used in connection with yoga and meditation.

β™ˆβ™‘β™Ž - What do these signs mean?

How, aren't you reading our daily horoscope ?! πŸ˜‚ These are the astrological symbols of the zodiac signs! Everyone from Aries to Pisces is there. And even β›Ž, the zodiac sign of the snake bearer. Unfortunately none of the 12 common zodiac signs. It's a shame, isn't it?

πŸ…°οΈπŸ…±πŸ†ŽπŸ…Ύ - What do these letters stand for?

When you see them side by side like that, they make more sense, don't they? These emoticons represent the four blood groups! And no, πŸ†‘ looks the same, but has nothing to do with it. 🀣 That stands for β€œclear”.

πŸ“› - What does the red symbol with a point and a white line mean?

That looks like a fancy version of the β›” β€œNo Access” Emoji!But that's more of a coincidence, similar to the previous example. πŸ˜‚ The emoji πŸ“› is a name tag! The design, which is reminiscent of a tulip, comes from Japan and is used there in kindergartens.

πŸ”… πŸ”† - What do the suns mean?

Oh, what a lovely πŸ”† day today, right? Unfortunately, this emoji has nothing to do with the sun. πŸ˜… It is the symbol for the buttons for dimming and increasing the brightness, for example on a laptop or mobile phone. Oops!

πŸ”° - What does the yellow-green arrow mean?

Finally an emoji to dissect intellectually! 🀣 The symbol will be stuck on the cars of people who have just got their driver's license in Japan for one year. You read that right: In other words, it is the symbol for a "beginner" and is therefore the fancy symbol for "noob". You don't have that from us! πŸ˜…

πŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ€ŽπŸ–€πŸ€ - What do the hearts mean?

Red stands for love, blue stands for ...? We have dedicated a separate article to the meaning of heart emojis!

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πŸ”΄πŸ”΅βš«βšͺ - What do the circles mean?

The emoji meaning of the circles is quite different:

  • The red circle πŸ”΄ has no known positive or negative meaning and is used more for emphasis. In some cultures, however, red is the symbol of danger.
  • The blue circle πŸ”΅ stands for water and sky. This color is perceived as calming and associated with something positive.
  • The black circle⚫ is associated with blackout and rather negative feelings.Black is also associated with death and mourning in many cultures.
  • The white circle βšͺ is, among other things, a symbol within the LGBTQ + community: It stands for agender, i.e. genderlessness or the opposite, i.e. people of many or all genders.

πŸ† - What does the eggplant mean?

Do you really want to know the meaning of the emoji that looks like an eggplant? Okay, in short: The emoji means β€œeggplant”. Learned something again! Still there? Aaaah, you want to know the OTHER meaning of the emoticon? We have also put together a separate article for this ... 😏

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