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What is an Emoticon?

The word, emoticon, is a portmanteau; it was formed by combining two words: emotion and icon. Emoticons (also called smiley) are created using symbols and letters found on the keyboard and assist in quickly conveying feelings through email, text messaging and other forms of electronic media.

List of Emoticon (Smiley)

Similar to how we read, emoticons are typically written from left to right beginning with the eyes (:), sometimes a nose ( – ) and then a mouth ( ] ).

Happy and Laughing Emoticon

Icon Meaning
:-), : ), (:-), :}, :^), :> and :o) Smiley or happy face
:-] Happy – grinning
:-{) Happy with a mustache
:-{)} Happy with a
moustache and beard
;-D, ;D, :^D and |-D Laughing or joking
;-), ;), '-), >;], ;-], ;D and ;^) Playful or winking
:-> Smirk or joking
:-)) Very happy (or double chin)
:-o Talking

The following are also commonly used to create a smiley face: equal sign, 8, and a bracket, e.g., 8D or =]. Many different variations exist today to create a happy emoticon, we listed our favorites.

Angry Emoticon

Icon Meaning
{:-[, >:-[, >:@ and >:-< Angry
:-< and :-[ Frowning or miserable
:-(, :(, (:-(, :{, :^(, and :o( Sad, unhappy or upset
:-@ Screaming
:-O Shouting
:-Q and >:-Q Tongue out - disgusted
>:-P, :-P, :P, >:-p, :-p,

:p, >:-f, :-f and :f

Sticking out tongue
D:< and D: Horror or disgust
:-| Indifferent, who cares?

Surprised Emoticon

Icon Meaning
:-o, :o, >:-o, and =o Surprised
:-O, >:-O, :O and =O Flabbergasted - uh oh!
#:-O Shock
>:-\, >:-/, :-\, :-/, :\ and :-/ Confused, not sure or skeptical
%-) Dazed or silly

Kissing Emoticon

Icon Meaning
: -*, :* and :^* Kissing
[ ]** Hugs and Kisses
:-{} Blowing a kiss
or wearing lipstick

Crying Emoticon

Icon Meaning
:'-(, :' and :'( Crying
:'-) and :') Tears of Happiness

Sleepy Emoticon

Icon Meaning
|-I Sleeping
|-O and |-o Tired - yawning
%-) Exhausted or cross-eyed
:-() Bored

Funny Emoticon

Icon Meaning
*.o) Clowning around
|;-) Cool
<:-) Dunce
(:-| Egghead
:$ and :-$ Embarrassed or blushing
: () Loud mouth or talks a lot
>:-x, :-X and :X My lips are sealed!
It's a secret.
:-| Straight faced
:-& and :& Tongue tied

People Emoticon

Icon Meaning
0:-), 0:) and 0:^) Angel; angelic
>:), >:-), >:^), }:-) and }:) Devil; evil
:-)>= Boy or man
8:-) Girl or women
O+ Female
O-> Male
+:-) Priest
*<|:-) and *<:-) Santa
+O:-) The Pope
Q:-) College graduate
8:-) Wizard

Animal Emoticon

Icon Meaning
<()(-)<< Fish
"@(*0*)@ Koala bear
<:3 )~ Mouse
3:] Pet: cat, dog or cow
====:} and ~~~~~8} Snake

Miscellaneous Emoticon

Icon Meaning
(:::[]:::) Band-aid
!-) Black eye
\_/7 Cup of coffee
\_/ Empty glass
@-)- Flower, rose
12x@-)- Dozen roses
^5 High Five
[:-] Robot or square head
$-) Greedy, money on mind
8 Infinity
(-: Left-handed writer
:-)X Wearing a bowtie
{:-) Wearing a toupee
:-# and :# Wearing braces
B-) Wearing dark-rimmed glasses
[:-) Wearing earphones
::-) Wearing regular glasses
8-) Wearing sunglasses

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