What does emoticon mean?

Definitions for emoticon
ɪˈmoʊ tɪˌkɒnemoti·con

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. emoticon(noun)

    a representation of a facial expression (as a smile or frown) created by typing a sequence of characters in sending email

    ":-( and :-) are emoticons"


  1. emoticon(Noun)

    A graphical representation, either in the form of an image or made up of ASCII characters, of a particular emotion of the writer.


  1. Emoticon

    An emoticon (, i-MOHT-i-kon, rarely pronounced ), short for "emotion icon", also known simply as an emote, is a pictorial representation of a facial expression using characters—usually punctuation marks, numbers, and letters—to express a person's feelings or mood, or as a time-saving method. The first ASCII emoticons, :-) and :-(, were written by Scott Fahlman in 1982, but emoticons actually originated on the PLATO IV computer system in 1972.In Western countries, emoticons are usually written at a right angle to the direction of the text. Users from Japan popularized a kind of emoticon called kaomoji (顔文字; lit. 顔(kao)=face, 文字(moji)=character(s)), utilizing the Katakana character set, that can be understood without tilting one's head to the left. This style arose on ASCII NET of Japan in 1986.As SMS and the internet became widespread in the late 1990s, emoticons became increasingly popular and were commonly used on text messages, internet forums and e-mails. Emoticons have played a significant role in communication through technology, and some devices and applications have provided stylized pictures that do not use text punctuation. They offer another range of "tone" and feeling through texting that portrays specific emotions through facial gestures while in the midst of text-based cyber communication.


  1. Emoticon

    An emoticon is a metacommunicative pictorial representation of a facial expression which in the absence of body language and prosody serves to draw a receiver's attention to the tenor or temper of a sender's nominal verbal communication, changing and improving its interpretation. It expresses - usually by means of punctuation marks - a person's feelings or mood and can include numbers and letters, as well. In the most recent years, as the epidemic of social media and texting is at an all time high, emoticons have played a significant role in communication through technology. These emoticons offer another range of "tone" and feeling through texting that portrays specific emotions through facial gestures while in the midst of cyber communication.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. emoticon

    [common] An ASCII glyph used to indicate an emotional state in email or news. Although originally intended mostly as jokes, emoticons (or some other explicit humor indication) are virtually required under certain circumstances in high-volume text-only communication forums such as Usenet; the lack of verbal and visual cues can otherwise cause what were intended to be humorous, sarcastic, ironic, or otherwise non-100%-serious comments to be badly misinterpreted (not always even by newbies), resulting in arguments and flame wars.Hundreds of emoticons have been proposed, but only a few are in common use. These include: :-)‘smiley face’ (for humor, laughter, friendliness, occasionally sarcasm):-(‘frowney face’ (for sadness, anger, or upset);-)‘half-smiley’ ( ha ha only serious); also known as semi-smiley or winkey face.:-/‘wry face’ (These may become more comprehensible if you tilt your head sideways, to the left.) The first two listed are by far the most frequently encountered. Hyphenless forms of them are common on CompuServe, GEnie, and BIX; see also bixie. On Usenet, smiley is often used as a generic term synonymous with emoticon, as well as specifically for the happy-face emoticon.The invention of the original smiley and frowney emoticons is generally credited to Scott Fahlman at CMU in 1982. He later wrote: “I wish I had saved the original post, or at least recorded the date for posterity, but I had no idea that I was starting something that would soon pollute all the world's communication channels.” In September 2002 the original post was recovered.There is a rival claim by one Kevin McKenzie, who seems to have proposed the smiley on the MsgGroup mailing list, April 12 1979. It seems likely these two inventions were independent. Users of the PLATO educational system report using emoticons composed from overlaid dot-matrix graphics in the 1970s.Note for the newbie: Overuse of the smiley is a mark of loserhood! More than one per paragraph is a fairly sure sign that you've gone over the line.

Editors Contribution

  1. emoticon

    A digital picture or a sequence of keyboard symbols on a computer, app, grammar, website, software or other form of technology that shows a choice of expression to convey an emotion, feeling or clarify intent.

    Emoticons are a joy to use on many applications, networks etc to convey feeling or emotion.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 30, 2017  

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  1. emoticon


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of emoticon in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of emoticon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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