Definition

emoticon

An emoticon is a short sequence of keyboard letters and symbols, usually emulating a facial expression, that complements a text message.

:-)Smile
;-)Smile with a wink
:<})User with mustache, smiling
:-||Mad
:-(Sad
:' -(Crying
:~Also crying
:-))Really happy
:-DBig grin
:-*A kiss
:-P~A lick
:-oWow! or I'm surprised
:-|Grim
:-PSticking out your tongue
:-User happens to be Popeye
:-/Perplexed
=:OFrightened (hair standing on end)
=8OBug-eyed with fright
:-}Embarassed smile
:-)<>>>>>Basic Smiley with a necktie
;-^)Tongue in cheek
%*@:-(Hung over
:-~~~Drooling
>:)Perplexed look
.)Keeping an eye out for you
8:-)Glasses on forehead
8:[Normal smiling face of a gorilla
0:-)Angel
]:-|[Robot
(:V)Duck
3:-oCow
:-]Vampire
(_8-(|)Homer Simpson
C|:-=Charlie Chaplin
=|:-)=Abe Lincoln
*<:-)Santa Claus
-:-)User sports a mohawk and admires Mr. T
(:)-)Scuba diver
:-'|User has a cold
:-{}User with heavy lipstick
:-)8User is well dressed
>:-< Mad
*#:-)Scotsman wearing his Scottish tam
%-^User is another Picasso
#-)User partied all night
<:IDunce
:-|"Have an ordinary day!" Smiley
:}{:Kisses (stolen from June bug)
oooo(0) (0)ooooToes
(-_-)Secret smile
#.-o"Oh, nooooooo Mr. Bill!!!"
12x @>--->---A dozen roses

The Japanese have worked out another set of emoticons that fits the nuances of Japanese culture. See Japanese emoticons.

This was last updated in March 2007
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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