Emoticons and emoticons add contextual nuances to texts and instant messaging . For example, if you’re trying to be sarcastic in a message, including a winking emoji lets the reader know you’re not being serious.

The information in this article applies broadly to text messaging services for all devices and platforms.

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What are emoticons?

Emoticons are combinations of characters, letters, and symbols designed to convey certain emotions. Emoticons, which are «emotes» and «icons», can provide context and clarity to messages that might otherwise be interpreted in different ways.

Traditional emoji vs. graphic emoji

Initially, all emoji were text based, but many instant messaging clients, social media platforms, and SMS messaging apps today include a menu of graphical emoji called emoticons. which can be added to messages. Emojis allow users to express a wider range of emotions .

How to use emoticons

To create emoticons, find the required characters on the keyboard and enter them in the appropriate order. Some messaging apps automatically turn the emoji you type into animated emoji.

If the recipient’s device doesn’t support emoji, they’ll see blank space or a random set of characters instead.

List of western-style emoticons

Here is a list of the most commonly used emoticons and their meanings:

emoticons Meaning
🙂 Happy
🙁 Sad
😉 wink
:/ Doubtful / unsure
😛 protruding tongue
:O Shocked
: | inexpressive
:S Embarrassed
<3 Love with all my heart
With a broken heart
eight) Glasses
:} Mustache
XD laugh hard
xp Dissatisfied
X( chubby / frustrated
:*( Cry
: 3 Cute / feline
:-* Kiss on my cheek
>:O Angry / scream
:X Lips sealed
0 angelic
@)-v- Rose
O- lollipop

List of Asian style emoticons

Here is an alternate list of emoji most commonly used in some parts of the world:

emoticons Meaning
(^_^) Happy
(‘_^) wink
(>_<) painful
(<_>) Sad
(-_-) Sigh
(._.) Depressed
(-_-)zzz Sleep
(-.O) Black eye
(#_#) Beaten up
(X_x) dead
(@_@) Crazy / hypnotized
(Oi) Embarrassed
($_$) Cha ching!
($_$) Star struck
(OO) Glasses
<( 'O' <) ghost
e^_^b listening to music
beep flipping bird

To use symbol ^ (known as accent or accent) on a standard computer keyboard, press Shift + 6 .

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