Don’t you hate it when there is often more to express than what can be in just words? Good grace we have emoji, which add a sense of depth to our two-dimensional communications. Apart from adding meaning to our words, emoji can effectively replace short messages – the struggle of remembering acronyms while trying to appear cool 10 years ago was so real and pressing. But, with a high tide of applications that use emoji – and have opted for individual designs, finding the right expression and understanding emoji meanings can be an exhausting mental exercise.

Don’t sweat, we will help you find the right emoji to express admiration for your crush, the lethargy of Mondays, disagreement during a fight with your significant other, or the joy of looking at penguin chicks or panda cubs. Gladly, we have Unicode standards to define as many as 2,800+ emoji but, don’t worry, we will not oppress you trying to describe all of them.

So, follow along for the list of emoji meanings that we think will help you master the art of instant messaging.

Face Emoji Meanings

Happy

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A smile with mouth wide open and fuller cheeks, this is the perfect emoji to describe happiness.

Cheerful

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When there’s too much joy to contain, it deserves to be spread and this is the emoji to express it.

Laughing With Tears

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Ideal to describe moments of uncontrollable laughter that hurt your stomach and make tears well up in your eyes.

Rolling on the Floor Laughing

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A one-liner or prank is sometimes enough to hit your funny bone hard enough that you lose your balance and float in euphoria, and this emoji symbolizes it very well.

Smiling With Big Eyes

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Accepting and grateful, this emoji can rightly describe the pleasant feeling of living in the moment.

Big Grin

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Watching a man flip on a banana peel, a cat fall off a shelf or a friend cracking a joke that you can’t resist laughing on – for instances like these I’d recommend using this emoji.

Sweaty Laugh

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Lolling too hard that it’s easier to sweat than to give up can be described lucidly with this emoji. It can also be used to depict an awkward yet uncontrollable chuckle.

Grinning With Eyes Closed

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It is best to accompany dark humor with this emoji so that friends are not offended. You can also use it express your comfort about going to hell for laughing at something sensitive.

Winkey-Wink

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This emoji goes well with cheesy pickup lines aimed at your better half or mutual crush, but don’t embarrass yourself by sending it to a stranger.

Content Face

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Watching a puppy roll on the ground, or rolling with it, this emoji best describe twinkles of happiness when you don’t want more from life.

Goofy/Savoring Delicious Food

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Before you dig into that favorite dish, don’t forget to upload Stories on Instagram and Snapchat using this smiley face. You can also use it as a finishing touch after an innocent mischief or an intended goof-up.

Cool

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Smartass comments and thug-life moments, this emoji can best be used with a fair dose of narcissism.

Heart Eyes

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Can’t stop yourself falling in love with a pretty smile or a beautiful landscape? You should definitely use this!

Blow a Kiss

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Don’t fire a gun – use this to show your admiration and gratitude for the one you lean on. The cuteness of this emoji lets a subtle wink pass without causing any trouble – unless you’re sending it to married women and men.

Duck/Kissing Face

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This versatile emoji can be used to pull off an innocent pout, a prompt for a kiss, or a whistle. Use this with a music note to veil your real emotions behind a whistling facade.

Kissing With Smiling Eyes

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While you can use this emoji for a peck on their cheeks, you can also pair it with gushing air to depict a sigh of relief. This also works well for whistling with glee.

Kiss of Love

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Usually interpreted as more intimate than the last two, this emoji can be used without hesitation for those “Good Morning” texts to your gorgeous. Just avoid relying on it after a date.

Blush

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Don’t let that compliment sink in so easily, express it with a spark of delight. Blush it out!

Controlled Smiling

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More like a “screw you” smile than a compassionate one, this emoji should help you make sarcasm slicker.

Hugging Face

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While this emoji can be easily confused with the popular Neil deGrasse reaction meme, Google’s version more than convinces that this is used for inviting someone with your arms wide open.

Starry Eyes

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You can use this emoji to show amazement or compliment a loved one for their dressing appeal.

Intrigued

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Being lost in deep thought – or just pretending to – is nicely depicted with this emoji. You can add a light bulb or though cloud to make the conversation more interesting.

Suspicious

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Best to describe feelings of doubt, distrust, or skepticism over anything that raises eyebrows. You can also use it if you’re feeling like The Rock (Dwayne Johnson).

P-p-p-poker Face

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Feeling lame over a mistake or don’t give enough flowers (for the sake of euphemism)? Thou shalt use this emoji.

Loathing

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This emoji fits fine when you’re disgusted, feeling done, or have no words to describe your irritation.

Awkwardness

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Just use this when you get a witty or surprising response you weren’t prepared for to prevent the conversation from turning instantly awkward. Just saying, not saying!

Rolling Eyes

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Disapproval or simply boredom, don’t let a negative emotion spoil a healthy conversation. Throw in this emoji to keep it from dying.

Smirk

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Don’t let playing cool or exposing your kinky self get out of hand – use this expression instead. It is also great for boasting about a mischief.

Tortured

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This emoji rightly expresses distress and torment, and can be used to describe something you’re persevering for while trying not to give in.

Distressed

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Life is a bummer sometimes but it’s not the end of the world. Use this emoji to brush the troubles off your shoulder.

Astonishment

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Stunned by an act or event that you cannot stop yourself from going “wow!” It would be ideal to back your message with this emoji to make your amazement appear more welcoming.

Zip It

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This emoji will serve you well in teasing a friend into a gossip you promised you wouldn’t tell anyone. You can also use it for making that promise.

Realization

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A less intense version of the astonished emoji, this one can be used to express acceptance paired with little surprise. It also resembles the face one make when they screw up – little enough to not cause harm.

Drowsiness

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Although it’s easy to confuse the snot bubble with tears, Emojipedia clarifies that this emoji is used in manga or anime to describe moments of exhaustion and sleepiness more than sorrow.

Fatigue

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If your muscles are too worked up or brain too burned out, you can try to calm your nerves by sharing the feeling with friends using this emoji.

Peacefully Sleeping

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It’s a good habit to not keep people waiting for a text in the night while you’ve slipped into deep sleep. So, use this emoji if your bringing the day to a halt or are too tired to even type “good night”.

Bliss

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This expression describes a calm Zen-like state in which you’re feeling elated but not overwhelmed by happiness.

Teasing

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Making a cheeky comment might not be taken well by everyone and that is why you should use this emoji to clarify that you’re kidding or even while taking a jab at siblings or friends.

Loony

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Adding a wink to the last emoji makes it appear a little wacky and you should use it when you want to sound outrageous or bizarrely funny.

Tongue-Out Laugh

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The crushing weight of bad humor is something you can bear with this emoji. It can be perceived differently by each person but I use it to complement poor or gross jokes.

Drooling

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If good food is your drug, maybe you relate well with this emoji. It simply represents the delight of something desirable and not just food, so use it with all your heart.

Unimpressed

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This face is ideal for reacting to something which is not pleasant or that you resent. It can also be used if you’re engrossed in the feeling of “meh”.

Depressed

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Mood-swings and moments when you feel discouraged are best described with this emoji. So make sure you use it to get closer to the ones who cheer you up.

Sad

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This one for me is one of the accurate descriptions of one feeling sad and guilty and possibly ruminating.

Confused

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Use this emoji to express that you’re puzzled over something and somewhat displeased with that feeling of uncertainty.

Smiling Upside-Down

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The upside-down version of the controlled smiling expression, this makes sarcasm more bitter and little difficult to perceive in some situations. It can also be used with a fantasy you know will never come true.

Money

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For treats bought with money or to flaunt your lavish stack of cash, you can use this emoji.

Awestruck

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More intense than the astonishment emoji, this one goes well for situations that make your jaw drop to the floor. It can be used for moments of unpleasant or bewildering surprises, or even utter shock.

Frowning

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When you’re too disappointed with the situation, unsatisfied, and grieved at the same time, sharing your thoughts using this emoji might give you some sense of temporary relief.

Uneasy

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Downcast and displeased but not enough to strain your facial muscles? This emoji will probably be a better choice than the last one unless you explicitly demand attention.

Aching

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Given up on everyone, and about to break down? Don’t worry, let this emoji do the therapy.

Misery

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Utterly sorrowful, this emoji could express the feeling of your world crashing down. There wouldn’t be enough pensive emotions to describe this fully but you can best use it when you feel hopeless and bogged down by the pace of events around you. This is millennials’ favorite expression after tasting Tide pods.

Worried

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This emoji can communicate your feelings when can’t stop overthinking about what could go wrong and are busy imagining the worst possibilities.

Furious

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It is advised to not speak much when you’re angry or you might end up saying what wasn’t intended. But no one said anything about emoji, so go ahead and slide this one when you’re too infuriated to keep it together.

Crying

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Feeling helpless or hurt? Let the ones who care about you know with this emoji.

Crying Out Loud

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If you can’t stop sadness streaming out of your eyes, you must use this emoji instead of giving your inconsolable self some false belief.

Alarmed

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Startled by something that is both unexpected and unsettling? Maybe using this emoji will help you cool down a bit.

Shocked

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Stunned to the point that you grow eyebrows? Just kidding, this emoji is just a little more vivid than the last one and might grab you a slight bit more attention.

Frightened

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Scared of being hit by an approaching bull or train? Use this emoji to upload your (probably) last picture on Instagram to die a hero. This is the expression you have when you’re about to be hit in the face – both literally and metaphorically – so use it appropriately.

Demoralized

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For the drama queens in all of us, this emoji is perfect when you can’t control things and want others to understand what is crippling you.

Mind=Blown

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Did you hear or read something that catapulted you past the metaphysical realms of reality? Use this emoji to quiet the uncontrollable stream of continuous thinking.  

Curios/Nervous

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Not sure how a certain message will be received? This emoji can be coupled with messages to lessen the impact of thoughts which you are nervous or uncertain about, or when you commit a mistake.

Anxious

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Feeling blue over something hanging by the thread? Don’t let thoughts pull you down, just use the emoji to express your panic but make sure you don’t do it compulsively or you’ll have another issue to be anxious over.

Horrified

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If you just saw that giant mythical sea monster or something as lame as a house ghost, don’t forget to add this smiley to wherever you managed to upload a picture or video first. This is likely to convince more people.  

Embarrassment

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Caught stalking by your crush or red-handed while stealing cryptocurrency? Well, just slide this emoji in and hope that the other people will understand. It can also be used to depict shame or a sour surprise.

Crazy – In a Good Way

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Excited and imbalanced, this face is definitely apt when you’re on cloud nine and have nothing to worry, but don’t mistake it for eccentric.

Dizzy

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Did you have your head spun around by a strong alcohol or maybe just a baffling ride at the amusement park? Best use this emoji to describe your sense of disconnection with the world.

Miffed

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We all have moments when we’re brimming with anger and cannot seem to care about what others feel. Well, this emoji is the appropriate choice to express your agitation.

Grumpy

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If you can’t stop feeling that everyone around you is stupid, using this emoji might probably help you in the venting process.

Swearing

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Can’t check your outburst? Nevermind, use this emoji with grawlixes to show your frustration.

Sick/Unhealthy

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Isolation resulting from a sickness is very pestering and you better be trying to gather some wishes and prayer. So why not start by telling pals how you feel?

Feverish

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Rising mercury pulls down our energy, but don’t you let that pull down your spirit. Use this to tell friends about your discomfort or to raise awareness.

Injured

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Apart from being traumatizing, accidents could make you want you to withdraw socially and rest peacefully. So maybe the next time someone asks you why you couldn’t make it to their party, you can tell them by using this emoji – and some more to describe the incident.

Nauseated

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Hiccups during a flight, bad food, disturbing weather, or just lip-sealed with a secret you can’t keep in for long – this emoji definitely works for all scenarios that make you want to puke.

Vomiting

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So you couldn’t control and let it out? This emoji could help you describe the state of mind similar to puking in both – metaphorical and physical – ways. You may use it to depict anything intensely gross or disgusting.

Sneezing

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Flu season is always looming around, and if you’re kept down because of a sore throat and burdened eyes won’t let you type, I’d recommend using this emoji instead.

Angel

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Deserve some appreciation for good karma? Why not share your angelic fables with the help of this emoji.

Cowboy with Hat

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Y’all need a purdy emoji to describe a hog-killin’ time in the Wild West and this one right here ain’t gonna hurt. Just use it for gloating, or pair it with a music note while teasing some yodeling skills.

Clown Face

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Keep it simple and light. Don’t go around hunting coulrophobic people donning the spirit of IT – not even on Halloween.

Lair

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Congratulations, you’ve caught the lying Pinocchio! Disclaimer: Don’t use it to confront your better half or things may go wild.

Shushing Face

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The emoji is probably the best way to ask someone to be quiet or not disturb you. It might not work that well with the Facebook friend whose consistent posting overwhelms you.

Hand Over Mouth

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While the standard version depicts moments when you regret saying something you shouldn’t have, the emoji by WhatsApp Google is more jolly and appears like someone is trying not to laugh. So, it can be used differently based on where you’re using it.

Face With Monocle

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Feel like a highly honored sire or an expert on a subject? You can probably use this emoji to show skepticism or disapproval as a snob.

Nerd Face

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Unlike the last one, you can use this emoji to depict your nerdy obsession over a movie series, knowledge of science, or devotion for a game or a sport without having to bash anyone.

Smiling Devil

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This is a superb companion for a message that shows your mischievous side that you don’t fear to hide – I would not recommend tormenting people with it though.

Angry Devil

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So what if your evil plan didn’t work out? Plot a revenge and threaten that buddy who will regret messing up with you. Don’t try to live up to it, though.

Ogre

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Inspired by Japanese folklore, this abominable monster should make gossip, dark humor, or jab at a friend more interesting.

Goblin

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You know you’ve annoyed someone badly when you receive this angry monster. It goes well with rants and accusing, but make sure you keep it friendly.

Skull

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Preparing for a horror movie with your pals, threatening to annihilate a buddy, or just feeling amused at the idea of existence? This emoji should row your boat.

Ghost

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This one is perfect to accompany with a horror story that is more humorous than spooky.

Extraterrestrial

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Use this emoji to take bonfire story-telling to the next level. While the standard version shows a shiny, silvery alien, Google’s version paints the unknown creature green, making it appear a little more stereotypical.

Robot

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Intrigued by the dawn of robots or just fear that they will take over the world and enslave humanity? This emoji should help your express those fears. It can also be used metaphorically to describe being controlled by someone else.

Pile of Poo

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This is my personal favorite for insulting my best friend. And because it looks like a soft-serve of ice cream, you can pair with an ice cream cone to treat your loved ones with a special poopy softy.  

Baby

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Blessed with a newborn or sharing your best wishes for a pregnant couple? You can use this emoji to make your posts and messages more personal. At the same time, you can also use it to describe an idea in its infancy or chiding a clumsy friend.

Girl/Boy

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With gleaming eyes, this emoji best illustrates a child’s imaginative mind to me but, you can also use it to share your admiration or even disliking for children.

Woman/Man

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Finally ready to embrace adulthood or cherish responsibility? You can also choose skin tones and hair color to personalize your message.

Old Woman/Man

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Wrinkles, aching joints, and cracking voice – turning old must be dreadful but you can make conversations about it joyful or even share the love for grandparents using these emoji.

Woman/Man Health Worker

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Hate going to the doctor but find them attractive? Share appreciation for your doctors and other professionals in the health industry like nurses and pharmacist using this smiley.

Female/Male Student

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If you’re ready to enter a new walk of life, or just loving your time at college, this emoji can be your dorm buddy.

Female/Male Judge

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Judicial processes can be a grind unless you’re a lawyer minting a lot of money from someone else’s legal woes. But, if you image yourself as a keeper of balance and justice, this is the best emoji to use.

Female/Male Farmer

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Show support for those who put food on your plate or couple it with a rye emoji to tell people about your plans to go all organic.

Female/Male Chef

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Dining outside or getting ready to cook something special at home? This emoji could be used to share your special dinner plans. You can even add more details by pairing it with a frying pan or other food emoji.

Female/Male Mechanic

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You deserve to gloat if heading into the garage to finally fix that old washing machine you’ve been avoiding or maybe fixing that leak that has been troubling you. Definitely use this emoji – even metaphorically – to share how you spend time taking charge of small things in life.

Female/Male Technician

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Sculpting a machine of your dreams can be fun and you must surely share that joy with other using this emoji. It should also work if just playing around with Elon Musk’s flamethrower.

Female/Male Scientist

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If you’re getting ready for that science project which is not about how to cook meth legally or simply proud of defeating a friend in a scientific argument, just go ahead and plant this emoji. You can also add a microscope to make yourself look more intense.

Female/Male Technologist

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Proud of your sick coding skills or excited about starting a new blog? Use this emoji to make more impact.

Pop/Rock Star

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This emoji, inspired by David Bowie, will give an edge to your image as a stage-rocker. Throw in a guitar or microphone to start rocking messengers and social media. The WhatsApp version already has a guitar so it has got you covered.

Female/Male Painter

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With the spirit of Picasso, flaunt your skill set of art or appreciate someone else with this emoji. You can also make your message more elaborate by adding a palette tray.

Female/Male Pilot

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There’s no harm in sharing your dream of flying through the clouds or wanting to be addressed as Captain. So use this emoji to remind yourself of your ambitions or even just feeling in control of a crucial situation.

Female/Male Astronaut

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Shooting farther than the clouds, into the stars or just getting ready to explore Mars with SpaceX and NASA? Personally, I recognize this as a symbol of freedom to pursue our ambitions and far-fetched dreams (or getting high).

Female/Male Firefighter

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You deserve all the credit for taking control of a difficult situation and maybe even rescuing others, and you can seek it with this emoji. You can also use it to show gratitude for anyone who fought the fire (metaphorically) for you.

Female/Male Cop

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Are you on a mission to protect the law or acted like a good samaritan? Go ahead, you’re entitled to the credit as long as you remember that policing people’s grammar on Facebook is bad manners.

Female/Male Detective

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There’s no better way to express your accomplishment of solving a mystery or reporting a crime than using this emoji.

Female/Male Guard

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Guarding the Buckingham Palace or babysitting your newborn sibling, both are major responsibilities. So as long as you’re preventing the house from catching fire or being robbed, you can use this emoji to share your pride.

Female/Male Construction Worker

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Helping in hope repairs, building a new prototype for your mega idea, or hysterical enough to talk to machines like Bob the builder does? You can use this emoji to show your love for building something new.

Princess/Prince

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Go ahead and pamper yourself with some royal treatment or embrace a heroic achievement – use this emoji to remind yourself to roll on the feeling.

Woman/Man with Turban

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Turban is a symbol of spirituality and community service, and you can share your experience about a deep connection with higher entities using this emoji.

Man With Chinese Hat

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A man wearing traditional Chinese cap called “gua pi mao” can be used to greet Chinese folks.

Woman With Headscarf

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A woman wearing a headscarf or probably Islamic head cover, “hijab”, is seen as a symbol of faith although it’s highly controversial in certain countries. So make sure you stay away from blasphemous comments.

Blonde Woman/Man

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Blondes have a reputation which I will not talk about but if you like your hair color such or are planning to get a new hairdo, no harm in using this emoji.

Bearded Man

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Not just a symbol of style or manliness, beards are treated as forms of compliance to certain faiths. So use this if you’re proudly-bearded or adore someone who is.

Man in Tuxedo

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Getting ready to attend a wedding which is probably your own? Your last few selfies as a bachelor deserve this emoji being used in the caption. You can even couple it with the next emoji to drop hints tbefore proposing your likely-to-be better half.

Bride

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When it’s hard to contain that exciting feeling of being a bride, a few pictures with your girlfriends with this emoji might help you keep hold of the butterflies in the stomach.

Pregnant Woman

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Bearing a child is a miraculous and wonderful feeling, and you can share your joy about being a part of this miracle using the emoji.

Breastfeeding

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The joy of motherhood must not be kept to yourself and if you love being a mother, you must definitely promote breastfeeding by sharing this emoyji.

Baby Angel/Cupid

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Delighted to see a cute child which can’t stop relating to an angel? Well, you can use this emoji to show your admiration. You can also use it with a bow and an arrow or a heart to make it appear like Cupid – the son of the Greek goddess of love.

Mrs. and Mr. Santa Claus

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Popularized by the western fable as Mother and Father Christmas who bring joy to children across the world, this is a perfect symbol of caring and merrymaking and you don’t need to wait until Christmas to use it.

Witch/Wizard

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Any story about magic is senseless without an inspiring magician and the one your story needs is right here. This emoji makes it easy for you to have long hour chats with your crush who shares the same passion for wizardly things as you.  

Female/Male Fairy

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This emoji can make your stories more whimsical and imaginative. You can also add a rainbow-pooping unicorn. The emoji can also be used to tell someone how magical or unreal someone makes you feel.

Female/Male Vampire

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Prepping for Halloween or just pleased by some gore? Adding a vampire will surely get you some attention as long as you do not ask for blood donations.

Mermaid/Merman

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You might get tired of whimsical creatures but mermaids and mermen with flawless bodies will always more than meet the eyes. You can probably compliment your beloved using this emoji as someone out of this world or even use it to appreciate their beach bod.

Female/Male Elf

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As per old Norse mythology, elves are strikingly beautiful and have magical powers, so if you think fairies are for kids, you can probably use this emoji instead. If you’re a LOTR fan, you can also accompany this with any wise message or for appreciating fairness.

Female/Male Genie

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This would be useful emoji if you’re promising to serve someone at their command, best used to cheer up distressed friends and loved ones.

Female/Male Zombie

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Calling out to someone who stays isolated and never leaves their house until apocalypse? This would be the best emoji to help address them. You can also take a jab at your friends with this emoji, calling them unemotional or heartless.

Woman/Man Frowning

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You can use this emoji to give a more humanly feel or if you feel standard face emoji are not good enough to express your grief.

Woman/Man Pouting

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Pouting in doubt or disagreement but face emoji aren’t serious enough? Don’t worry, you have a special emoji dedicated for this feeling.

Woman/Man Gesturing No

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You know when saying yes would land you or someone else into trouble, being a villain and saying no is the best practice and this straightforward emoji could be really useful.

Woman/Man Gesturing OK

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Excited about a plan and have no reasons to oppose? Shout out your approval with this emoji.

Woman/Man Tipping Hand

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From a being grateful to helpful desk executive to a courteous waiter, to even depicting the classic “duh!” expression, this emoji could be used in various ways as it pleases you.

Woman/Man Raising Hand

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Raising your hand in just agreement or have a doubt? This emoji could aid your thoughts well.

Woman/Man Bowing

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Bowing is a way of showing respect, gratitude, and submission to someone more powerful and you could use this emoji to express those humble feelings.

Woman/Man Facepalming

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Don’t have enough patience to deal with a stupid text? Just let this emoji do the talking.

Woman/Man Shrugging

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This emoji is perfect if you neither desire to take an unwanted responsibility nor want to justify your stand. It is also great for “I told you so” scenarios.

Woman/Man Getting Massage

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Metaphorical for healing or getting rid of a difficult situation, you can also use this to tell your better half how you want them to act as a masseuse.

Woman/Man Getting Haircut

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If you’re planning or have already got a new look for the spring, you should definitely use this emoji to tease it to your friends on social media.

Woman/Man Walking

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Walking at a slow pace represents a lot of things, from beginning exercise to working towards your goals or simply stalking. You can use this emoji in union with others to represent ambitious thinking or telling someone that you’re taking charge of the situation.

Woman/Man Running

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With long strides and a stance that represents dedication, this could be best used with fitness resolutions and taking responsibility. My favorite use is, however, to show myself running away from situations in a comical way.

Woman/Man Dancing

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Dancing is probably one of the better ways to express passion and joy, and this emoji is exactly meant to do that. This could also be an invitation for a steamy salsa dance which you might not want to overlook.

Women/Men With Bunny Ears

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While bunnies are figures of innocence and tenderness, this emoji is actually inspired by Playboy Bunny and can be used to used to subtly express your intimate desires.

Woman/Man in Steamy Room

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Wanna tease a friend over the relaxing time you’re having at sauna? You must use this emoji and let their curiosity baffle them.

Levitating Man

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If you want to appear uber cool, there’s probably no better emoji to express it than this. It appears to be inspired by “rude boy” attires famous among jazz musicians during the 60s and is popularly known as Walt Jabsco.

Hand Gestures Emoji Meanings

Biceps Flex

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Globally known as the symbol of strength and friends gloating about gains, this emoji can be used to display power and dominance over others.

Backhand Fingers Pointing Left and Right

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This is a more humanly way of pointing in a certain direction than arrow symbols. It could also be used to emphasize on a point or used together with other emoji to create a vivid description.

Index Finger Pointing Upwards

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This emoji could be used to interrupt someone in case of a doubt, a query, or to indicate the number one.

Backhand Finger Pointing Upwards

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The emoji could be used as a symbol of agreement with the person messaging or commenting above you as well as for pointing upwards when used with other emoji.

Middle Finger

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The finger next to index is viewed as a rude or swearing gesture – well, unless you’re visiting Zeep Xanflorp from Rick and Morty where it means “peace among the worlds”.

Backhand Finger Pointing Downwards

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The gesture, similar to the upward-pointing finger, can be used to point downwards or along with other emoji. It can also be used as a gesture for “right here”, though you might need other emoji to make it colloquial.

Victory/Peace Symbol

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The gesture has seen some prime moments in history and is commonly viewed as the symbol for both peace and victory. If there was a backhand version, it would, however, represent insult.

Fingers-Crossed

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This emoji goes well for conditions you’re hopeful of and do not want to jinx. It is also used as a symbol for luck.

Vulcan Salute

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Popularized by the Star Trek crew, this gesture is a modified version of the victory sign but can conveniently be also used while talking in respect to interstellar journeys and alien life. It, however, finds its origin in a Jewish blessing.

Devil’s Horns

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Demonized by religious groups and honored by rebels, this symbol represents appreciation and brotherhood among people who respect and live by the philosophies of rock and metal music and the culture around it. Curiously, it has various religious interpretations.

Hand With All Fingers

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This emoji, slightly similar to the waving one, is actually still and used to depict the number five.

Raised Palm

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With fingers closely aligned but not necessarily joint, this emoji can be used as a gesture for high-five or for asking someone to stop.

OK Hand

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This gesture traditionally is used for acceptance or appreciation, but can also be used as a popular meme “circle game” which is about instigating a fight and also used as a racist joke against people of color. Not so OK, maybe?

Thumbs Up and Down

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Thanks to Facebook, we know these gestures popularly as used for liking or disliking something.

Fist

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The fist is often seen as a sign of both resistance and revolt as well as a gesture for triumph. It could also represent the number zero due to lack of fingers.

Approaching Fist

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The emoji could be used to depict both –  a flying punch and a bro-fist – depending on who you’re speaking with.

Fists Facing Left and Right

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These emoji can be best used together to represent fist bumps or to show resistance or agitation towards an object with the help of other emoji.

Raised Backhand

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This emoji can be used along the normal raised hand to depict a successful high five.

Waving Hand

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The gesture can be used as a symbol for a pleasant meeting and can convey both “hello” and “goodbye” depending on the conversation.

Love-You

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Often confused as a pop and rock gesture by normies, the symbol actually derived from American sign language and implies “I Love You” and you ought to spread love using this emoji.

Writing Hand

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The gesture could be used to tell someone that you’re paying attention or taking down the points, but could be used to depict a promise of writing back.

Applause

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The pair of hands clapping is the standard gesture for showing appreciation after a grand act, but it can also be used as “slow clap” to signify sarcasm and loathing.

Open Hands

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This gesture is seen as a symbol of honesty and openness and can also be used to depict a call for a hug or jazz hands which represent the completion of a stage act.

Raised Hands

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Hands raised in the air are used for hailing a great performance, appreciating a heroic feat, or even celebrating an achievement.  

Palms held Up

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Palms facing upwards are often used as a gesture while praying in some culture but the emoji can also be used to portray a book. Alternatively, you can use it to blame the faulty lines in your palms if that helps.

Folded Hands

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Folded hands are used for praising and showing gratitude but, in eastern cultures, the gesture is most commonly used for greeting others. It can also be used to display passivity while offering prayers.

Handshake

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Common as the gesture for agreement and friendship, the emoji is equally valid when being used for greeting as well as cordial relations between allies.

New Emoji Introduced in 2018

More than 150 new emoji have been added into the list, bumping the total number of emoji to 2,823 as the latest standard of emoji i.e. Emoji 11.0 has been rolled out by Unicode. The newly added expressions include:

Smiling in Love

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With four hearts floating in the air and cheeks blushing, this emoji could be sent to your romance whom you love truly, madly, and deeply.

Boiling Face

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The sun is at its peak and the air conditioner just broke down? This could be the best suitable emoji to describe your discomfort in the uncontrollable heat with a red-hot head and sweat rolling down the forehead.

Chilly Face

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Poles apart from the last one, this emoji is devoted to freezing cold temperatures that make you go blue.

Partying

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With confetti flowing around, a bent party cap on its head, and a paper horn, this emoji describes the feeling of being drenched in the party mood. It can also be used to show excitement for an upcoming party.

Dizzy

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The emoji represents the state of being tipsy after a drink or elated after a shot of morphine. It can also be used describe feelings of exhaustion and emotional imbalance.

Puppy Eyes

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Do you ever want something so bad that you get down on your knees, fold your hands, and plead with all your will – sometimes even cry? This emoji can be used to melt the hearts of the ones who’re miffed with you or even when you want that Xbox One X for your birthday very badly.

Ginger/Redhead

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If there’s an emoji for all hair colors, why must gingers be left out? So this emoji will satisfy those with red hair and can even be used to tease your latest choice of hair dye. This emoji is available in all supported skin tones.

Woman/Man With Curly Hair

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For those of you who want a more accurate description of your curly or wavy hair, this is the emoji to choose. The emoji also has a slight Hispanic touch to it, but that could be a personal perception.

Bald Woman/Man

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While bald could be a style statement, it is often linked with cancer. So in case you plan to use this emoji, make sure you do it with caution.

Woman/Man With White Hair

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The number of people with white hair could be fairly less than those with darker shades, but they deserve a symbol if gingers get theirs. These emoji are also available in all five skin colors apart from yellow, so choose yours accordingly.

Superheroes

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Unicode has no plans to disappoint anyone desiring to be a superhero, so there are three versions – each supporting different skin colors. While one appears more gender neutral, the other two have more defined features that represent their sexes. You can use these if you’re feeling in control or desire to feel so.

Supervillains

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Just like superheroes, there are three different faces which represent super-thugs and criminals. The first of them is gender-neutral, one is distinctively female, and the last one male. You may use them while talking about your evil side but I still prefer the grinning devil better.

SEE ALSO: How to Create Your Own Emoji: 5 Emoji Maker Apps To Use

Feeling Emoji-fied yet?

So, we’ve gone over the popular emoji expressions and I’ve tried to elaborate how I hold them in my sight. I personally use emoji because they’re easier than typing out words and are clearly more expressive. But with the rise of emoji, we’re seeing that more and more businesses use these to engage more users. Facebook rolled out reactions to allow users express richly and Apple took the game to next level by introducing Animoji last year.

It is quite possible that our computer programs start perceiving these as our responses. It is even possible that companies are using emoji to track emotions of clients to convert most of them into long-term customers. What the future holds for emoji is difficult to predict, but I only see the trail leading upward.

So, what are your opinions about the use of emoji? Do you think differently of any of the ones listed above? Please share your opinions in the comments section underneath and it would be pleasing if you use emoji!

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