Emojis Explained

Priyanka Monteiro
Mar 19, 2023
Updated • Mar 20, 2023
Mobile Computing

Emoji is a fun way to express yourself and your feelings. You can get creative with the emojis you use, and learn how to write jokes in a variety of different languages.

There are thousands of different emojis available for you to use on your phone. They are often used in text messages, but some of them are also used on social media platforms like Snapchat and Instagram.

Emojis come in all different shapes, sizes, colors and styles. You can even find them as stickers on your computer or phone! Emojis can be used in a variety of ways: to express yourself when you're feeling upset or angry; when you want to make a joke; when you want to express gratitude; or just because it makes you smile!

If you’ve seen these colorful emojis on your phone but wondered how to use them in the most appropriate manner, here are 100 of the most popular emojis and their meanings.

Emojis Explained

Emoji Name Meaning
:joy: Laughing face with tears of joy This emoji is used to express happiness or to laugh
?? Red heart This emoji is used to express love or passion
? Sideways laughing with tears This is an intense laughing emoji which represents the ROFL acronym well.
? Thumbs up   This emoji often represents luck, or a positive approval, or an okay
? Crying emoji This emoji represents sadness, crying or being unhappy
? Joining hands This emoji can represent praying, folding hands, saying thank you or giving someone a high-five
? Kiss with heart This emoji represents a kiss of love
? Hearts around smiley face This emoji represents a happy or loved conversation
? Smiley face heart eyes This emoji represents being happy or excited about seeing something
? Smiley face with closed eyes A sweet smile as approval or agreement
? Party popper This emoji is used as celebration or congratulations
? Smiley face with closed eyes and teeth showing This emoji is a grin or extreme happiness
? Two hearted emoji This emoji represents love or a couple
? The pleading face This emoji is often used when requesting something
? Closed eye sweat smile This emoji often represents stress, relief or satisfaction
? Fire The emoji represents something hot, Lit, or on fire
?? Smiley face outline The emoji represents a smile or happiness
? Facepalm The emoji represents being upset or frustrated
?? Black heart suit The emoji represents love
? Shrug The emoji represents not having a clue or the lack of knowledge about something
? Rolling eyes The emoji represents being bored or being sarcastic
? Smiley with closed eyes and open mouth The emoji represents slight laughter, excitement or happiness
? Hugging face The emoji represents a hug, love or close friendship
? The winking smile The emoji represents being naughty or cheeky
? Cake The emoji represents celebration
? Thoughtful face The emoji represents lost in thought or pondering
? Clapping hands It represents celebration, clapping or applauding
? Smiley face The most commonly used smiley face emoji to represent content, happiness or approval
? Shocked face The emoji represents shock, disbelief or embarrassment
? Party face The face represents celebration or party
? Sunglass smiley face The emoji is often used to represent something cool or confident. 
? OK sign This emoji is used to okay something or give a go-ahead. It’s also used to appreciate something
? Purple heart An expression of friendship and love
? Pensive or sad face This emoji is often used to represent a sad or remorseful emotion
? Flexed arm The emoji means being strong or fit
? Sparkles This emoji is often added as a celebration or to let people know they have a sparkle
? Sparkling heart This emoji expresses the sparkle someone adds love in your life.
? Two eyes The emoji is often used to express interest, flirt or just be naughty
? Tongue out closed eyes This emoji is used to express naughtiness or a likeness towards a dish
? Smirk face The emoji expresses an attitude, annoyed or smug
? Crying face Being sad or in pain
? Right pointy finger It can be used to point right or even to prove a point
? Growing heart The emoji expresses a beating heart and love
? Weary or upset face It expresses sadness, being upset or very tired
? Hundred points This emoji is used to give an 100% approval
? Rose A flower to express love or romance
? Revolving hearts An expression of romance
? Balloon A cute emoji to celebrate little children's milestones
? Blue heart Another expression of love. Can also be used to tell someone they’re cold hearted
? Open mouth smiley face Used to express happiness, delight and joy
? Red angry face This emoji is used to express anger or being annoyed
? Bouquet of flowers Can be used as a celebration, expression of joy or happiness and love
? Winkey eye tongue out The emoji is used to tease someone or get cheeky.
? See no evil monkey It represents something cringeworthy, bad or not worth talking about
? Crossed fingers It’s used to anticipate something good, hope or luck
? Closed eye open mouth smiley It’s used to express great joy
? Drooly face Used to appreciate yum food
? Raised hands clapping Used to celebrate with someone
? Goofy face The emoji is used to express being goofy or funny
?? Heart with exclamation The emoji is used to emphasize love
? Gpen mouth open eye smile The emoji is used to express extreme happiness
? Kiss lips The emoji is used to express a romantic kiss
? Skull The emoji is used to show danger, sadness or something bad
? Finger pointing down Used to point down or elaborate on the text below
? Broken heart Used to express pain, grief or a broken heart
? Closed eye smiley The emoji is used to express calmness or relief or content.
? Beating heart It’s an expression of love
? Star eye smiley This emoji is used to express excitement and happiness toward something seen
? Upside down face It’s another cute expression of smiling
? Grinning face This emoji is used to express joy, be naughty or funny
? Shocked face The emoji is used to express shock or fear
? Sleepy face The emoji is used to express being tired or sleepy
? Giggle emoji It expresses giggling or being naughty and funny
? Straight face It expresses a blank look, unexpressive or no emotion
? Sunface smile It represents a sunny bright day with happiness or a radiant person
? Unamused face It represents being uninterested, annoyed or unhappy about something
? Smiley with halo It represents being innocent or angelic
? Cherry blossom flower A cute expression of love or friendship
? Smiley with devil horns A naughty or mischievous or devilish smile
? Music notes It represents a tune, a song or a melody
?? Peace sign Used to express peace or victory or even the number 2 
? Confetti Another form of celebration for an anniversary or wedding
? Hot face Express something spicy, hot weather or flirting with someone
? Disappointed face An expression of not being happy or being disappointed
? Green heart Love or friendship
?? Sun Often used to represent hot weather or a sunny day
? Black heart Used to express love, grief or sorrow
? Money bag Used to indicate money, spending or having to pay for something
? Blowing a kiss smiley This is a friendly kiss
? Crown It expresses royalty, importance or power
? Gift Use to indicate celebration
? Explosion This indicates fireworks, celebration or an explosion
? Happy Person Raising One Hand Asking a question or waving
?? Frown This depicts sadness or concern
? Straight Face This indicates boredom indifference, or a pause
? Woozy Face This symbolizes someone being drunk, confused, or dazed
? Pointing Left This is just something indicating left
? Poo Pile This symbolizes poo, something bad, or silly
? Check Button This is a sign of approval

Now that you have a clear understanding of what each of these emojis represent, it’s easy for you to start your own conversation using these cute stickers each time you chat with your friends and family.


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  1. Tom Hawack said on March 20, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    Of course this emoji problematic rendering is not intentional, why would it be? The only way to gather comments? No rendering issue, how many of us would have commented? One, two, three, none? That’s my tortured mind, always considering possible tactics when not global strategies :=) Truth is often basically simple.

    1. John G. said on March 20, 2023 at 7:34 pm

      @Tom, please don’t torture yourself too much, I thought exactly the same. So bad. :[

      1. Tom Hawack said on March 20, 2023 at 8:06 pm

        A schizophrenic’s answer : tell that to my mind, the torturer, lol.
        Nice to read you agin, John G.

  2. Tom Hawack said on March 20, 2023 at 2:22 pm

    Indeed, Emojis list all displays as only question marks.

    Screenshot of this page (comments, besides mine, included) : [https://img.justpaste.me/image/6686]

  3. Grand Prosecutor Jihana said on March 20, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    Martin, I presume you are aware the Emojis that were ‘copy-and-pasted’ by the author are not displaying correctly within this article.

    Your current software configuration doesn’t allow them to be pictorially rendered.

    For example, U+1F4A9 ? PILE OF POO (Decimal: 💩 Hexadecimal: 💩)

    Possibly referred to as “Poo Pile” by the author, is showing as a question mark “?” suggesting a character encoding issue or font mismatch.

    In the “Leave a Reply” textarea the U+1F4A9 icon, I’m now trying to post, is correctly rendered as a little caricature resembling a “pile of poo”.

    I also suspect two the NCR values [128169] and [1F4A9] I’ve just typed in the round-brackets above won’t render correctly either – or the text might even get eaten?

    It somewhat defeats the objective; posting an article that is supposed to be showing ‘pictographs’ that cannot be rendered, or get substituted by multiple “?”. It won’t be a font glyph mismatch; it’s the blog configuration itself. Since there is no code point difference whatsoever between any of the rendered output: “?” symbols, in the article itself. :-/

    1. Grand Prosecutor Jihana said on March 24, 2023 at 8:49 pm

      Ah, my directly posting the “PILE OF POO” icon into “Leave a Reply” failed… As can be seen my previous test in the line: “For example, U+1F4A9 …”. It got substituted as “?”, i.e. U+003F.

      Both the “Decimal” and “Hexadecimal” NCR (Numeric Character Reference) values were converted into PILE OF POO pictogram(s) rather the what I had originally written, i.e. [U+128169] and [U+1F4A9].

      I cannot directly write the original NCR text because it’ll automatically get converted (rendered) into the following “face-costume” representation: 💩 and 💩 which should display (twice) as the same pictogram. When viewed via a mainstream Web browser.

      Therefore, suggesting this blog supports, but automatically converts NCR input… I’ll try another test: 🙈 🙉 🙊 hopefully it’ll render 3 monkeys – if it doesn’t work, there’ll be 3 consecutive question marks.

      Your Honour, I would like to present that evidence now. ;-)

      1. Grand Prosecutor Jihana said on March 26, 2023 at 7:19 pm

        Apparently the “3 monkeys” appeared as expected… Let’s see if the blog also supports Left-To-Right Override: U+202E.

        Left-To-Right Override:

        ‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

        ‮ ‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

        It’s not mirror text; however, in the second example, the poem’s ‘letter order’ should theoretically “reverse” when displayed by the Web browser. Both lines are the exact same text samples.

        If the ‘letter order’ successfully “reverses” you can copy-and-paste the text into a plain text editor – if you don’t believe me – it’s the exact same text sample.

        Your Honour, I rest my case. :D

  4. Sebas said on March 19, 2023 at 7:15 pm

    I look everyday if ghacks net still exist. The moment Martin choosed Softonic, ghacks net was finished.

  5. Ayy said on March 19, 2023 at 5:13 pm

    Alright I’m done. officially deleted GH from my RSS feeds. bunch of clowns. Martin you should be ashamed of what you’ve allowed this site to become.

    1. jazzy said on March 19, 2023 at 8:17 pm

      The only reason i haven’t yet is that there are some older articles that are worthy of keeping, sadly the site itself has no place for new information apart from getting bombarded with useless information.

      Martin, thx for all the years of service but the direction the site has taken really leaves me feeling sorry for you if I’m honest

  6. Michael said on March 19, 2023 at 5:02 pm

    Yes, just question marks.

    ? Laughing face with tears of joy This emoji is used to express happiness or to laugh

    Laughing face with tears of joy
    This emoji is used to express happiness or to laugh

  7. Kukaroo said on March 19, 2023 at 1:43 pm

    Obviously this article was never “previewed” by the author on this platform, nor was it proofread after posting. ;-)

  8. John G. said on March 19, 2023 at 10:01 am

    I beg your pardon but I can’t see the emojis in the article and I can’t post emojis at this comment! So hilarious and so dissapointed, for the God’s sake, make up this website to be ablevyo post emojis or at least to see them in the article. This could be a good article but has become a shame!

    1. Anonymous said on March 19, 2023 at 12:18 pm

      All I see are question marks instead of emojis. Same on 3 different browsers.

      Emoji Name Meaning
      ? Laughing face with tears of joy This emoji is used to express happiness or to laugh

    2. John G. said on March 19, 2023 at 10:03 am

      Do you see the emojis here?

      1. VioletMoon said on March 20, 2023 at 4:20 pm

        ? ? ?

        Yes, I think so, but . . .

      2. VioletMoon said on March 20, 2023 at 4:22 pm

        As suspected . . . but . . .

        (´• ? •?`?)

        Sadness for such a terrible demise of gHacks!

      3. VioletMoon said on March 20, 2023 at 4:23 pm

        My gosh! It doesn’t even allow a kaomoji!

        (?•?•)?* ??*

      4. aaa said on March 19, 2023 at 11:24 am


      5. John G. said on March 19, 2023 at 12:34 pm

        @aaa, every emoji here at this website is replaced by “?”.
        This can’t be serious, really, an article about emojis with ZERO emojis. :[

  9. Anonymous said on March 19, 2023 at 9:53 am

    Is this really what the blog has descended to?

    1. Frankel said on March 19, 2023 at 10:42 am

      We are GenZ tiktok now!

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