89% of People Can't Guess the Meaning of Each of These Emoji! Can You?

Jacqueline Samaroo

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About This Quiz

We use emoji to represent everything in our daily lives - from our deepest emotions to the state of the weather. If you think you're fluent in the language of emoji, how many of the most common ones can you identify? 🤔Take our quiz and see how you do!

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Face with Tears of Joy. This emoji holds the distinction of being the first ever emoji to be chosen by Oxford Dictionaries as the “Word of the Year.”

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Winking Face. Winking Face is mostly used to suggest either humor or flirting.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: See-No-Evil Monkey. The See-No-Evil Monkey is part of a Japanese picture proverb, "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil." Of the three monkeys, this one is named Mizaru.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Party Popper. Also known as Party Hat, this emoji looks like a party hat spilling over with confetti and streamers.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Skull and Crossbones. Skull and Crossbones can also be used to mean death or risk of death, or to indicate poisonous substances.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Sleeping Face. The Sleeping Face emoji is used to show sleepiness or actual sleep.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes. Also referred to as Heart Eyes and Heart Face, this emoji is used in various ways to represent love.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Reminder Ribbon. The Reminder Ribbon emoji is an awareness ribbon, meant to indicate your support for a group or a cause.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Waving Hand. This common emoji is used to mean both “hello” and “goodbye.” It can also suggest putting an end to a relationship.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Rose. The Rose emoji depicts both romance and giving affection.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Hear-No-Evil Monkey. Kikazaru is the Hear-No-Evil Monkey in the Japanese picture proverb, "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil." The other two monkeys are Mizaru and Iwazaru.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Crying Face. This emoji is not used to suggest crying hysterically or utter sadness. It relates more to being hurt and upset.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Face with Rolling Eyes. Face with Rolling Eyes can be used to show boredom or contempt for a person or thing.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Broken Heart. This emoji can mean despair over an ended relationship or sadness from missing the one you love.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Zipper-Mouth Face. This emoji can indicate an unwillingness to discuss a topic or warn that information was shared in secret. It can also mean you are telling someone else to “shut up” or “zip it.”

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Grimacing Face. The Grimacing Face emoji indicates having made a mistake or being in an unfavorable situation.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Speak-No-Evil Monkey. The Speak-No-Evil Monkey is named Iwazaru. He is one of three monkeys in "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil," a Japanese picture proverb.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Fork and Knife with Plate. This emoji suggests eating or dining, but not necessarily in a formal setting.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Face Without Mouth. While it is normally taken to mean silence or an unwillingness to discuss a topic, the Face Without Mouth emoji can also indicate loneliness and disappointment.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Face with Stuck-Out Tongue. This emoji can be used to indicate lack of seriousness about a topic.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Loudspeaker. The Loudspeaker emoji can be used to grab a person’s attention about a particular topic.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Money-Mouth Face. The Money-Mouth Face suggests that someone is wealthy or that something is expensive. It can also relay that you have received something valuable or plenty of money.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Person Taking Bath. With this emoji, you can mean the act of taking a bath or the need to simply relax.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Couple with Heart. This popular emoji can suggest two people are a couple in love or that love is growing between them.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Love Letter. The Love Letter emoji can be used as an accompaniment to a romantic message.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Upside-Down Face. Goofiness and silliness are both suggested in the use of this emoji. Sometimes, however, it is used to show sarcasm.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Hundred Points. While the Hundred Points emoji is often used in the sense of congratulations for a job well done, it is also popular as a way to say “keep it real.”

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Loudly Crying Face. The Loudly Crying Face emoji is generally used to show deep sadness, but in some contexts it is also used ironically.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Thinking Face. While this emoji is used to show deep thought on a topic, it is also popular as a way to suggest that you are questioning a person’s reasoning or general intelligence.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Exclamation Question Mark. Called an interrobang, the symbol can be written either with the ! and ? overlapped or side-by-side. When used side-by-side, the order does not matter - !? or ?!

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Bullseye. With this emoji, you could be describing someone as being quite frank. You could also be saying, “You’re perfectly right!”

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Face Blowing a Kiss. While this winking Face Blowing a Kiss emoji is sometimes taken to be flirty, it is usually used as an affectionate “Goodbye.”

What does this emoji mean?

Description: White Flag. A White Flag is historically used to mean surrender during a conflict. As an emoji, it still means wanting to make peace, as well as urging others to end a fight.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Face Screaming in Fear. In total disbelief, very frightened or extremely shocked - all are meanings that work with this quite negative emoji.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Yellow Heart. Yellow Heart emoji is not meant to be a romantic symbol. It indicates a good friendship or someone with “a heart of gold,” that is, someone who is trustworthy and kind.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Sad but Relieved Face. You can use this emoji to show you are distressed about a situation or to express sympathy to someone going through a difficult time.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Smiling Face with Horns. This emoji with a devilish smile suggests being up to no good – and happy about it. It is also used to mean taking pleasure in the discomfort or downfall of others.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: New Moon Face. Although often taken to mean “weird” and “creepy,” the New Moon Face emoji can also represent nostalgia.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Musical Notes. This emoji can be used to describe being in a good mood or the act of singing, as well as hearing or listening to music. It can also show that a line of text is actually song lyrics.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Thumbs Up. Based on the traditional symbol of approval, the Thumbs Up emoji can be used to say, “I like that idea” or “all is well.”

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Dizzy. Aside from actually being dizzy, this emoji can suggest you are out of sorts or confused about what is going or what is being said.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Expressionless Face. This emoji carries the negative connotation of being annoyed to the point where you no longer wish to carry on a conversation or relationship.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Skull. Similar to the Skull and Crossbones, this emoji can symbolize danger or literal death.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Zzz. Related to the Sleeping Face emoji, the Zzz emoji is sometimes used to mean “boring.” It can also represent the act of snoring.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: OK Hand. The OK Hand emoji can mean “I am okay,” “all’s well,” or, in some cases, “that’s correct.”

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Kissing Face with Closed Eyes. This is a more intimate emoji than most kissing emojis and hints at a close relationship. Can also be used to say “thank you” or “goodnight” to a loved one.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Face with Open Mouth. When used to show shock, this emoji means more “mock shock” than being actually devastated.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Heart with Arrow. The Heart with Arrow emoji is taken to mean “struck by Cupid’s arrow.” It indicates love, falling in love, passion and romance.

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Smiling Face with Sunglasses. This emoji depicts a sense of being cool, casual and “with-it.”

What does this emoji mean?

Description: Green Heart. Apart from suggesting a feeling of jealously, the Green Heart emoji is also used in cases of a platonic relationship or casual acquaintance.

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