WhatsApp Emoji Meanings – A Complete List

We have returned to imagery as we enter the second decade of the 21st century. Emojis are everywhere. Many use them instead of putting into words what they want to say. They enliven your communication and are light-hearted, adding an atmosphere to a conversation.

There is an emoji for every expression in the world, and they can communicate volumes if you use them in the right context. If you’re not sure how to use a particular emoji in a WhatsApp thread, here’s a quick guide to its meaning.

The grinning face with smiling eyes

The Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes 1

You can use the wide-eyed grin to express positive emotions, adding a friendly, no-second-guess vibe to the exchange. You can also use this emoji to add a bit of sarcasm when closing a statement, such as in “laughing in your face.” In general, this emoji usually has a light connotation.

The classic smiley face

The Classic Smiley Face 2

This one is probably the most famous emoji in the world. It’s “the” emoji. As for its history, this emoji has many meanings and is used to express kindness and generally has positive connotations. Its use is flexible and is often allowed in formal exchanges, such as emails, to lighten the conversation.

The smiling face with smiling eyes and rosy cheeks

The Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes and Rosy Cheeks

The rosy cheeked emoji is often used in a positive context to add a friendly vibe to a conversation. You can use it to say, “I’m really glad this happened/you said that, etc.” It radiates warmth and good intentions.

The grinning squinting face

The Grinning Squinting Face

The squinty grin is close to the tearful LOL emojis. It has the “X” shaped eyes which resemble the ever popular “XD” emoticon. It expresses a burst of hearty laughter as if it were laughing from your stomach. While you don’t state that you find the object of the feeling as hilarious as in the ROFL emoji, you can use it to show your excitement or pleasure. It brings more intensity than the regular laughing emoji.

The grinning face with sweat

The Grinning Face With Sweat

The grinning, sweaty emoji has conflicting meanings depending on the context. At times it can express nerves while trying to appear relaxed. On the other hand, adding this face to a conversation can be a way of saying, “Whew!” after finishing something exhausting that turned out positive. It can also mean that you completely disagree with what is being said, but still accept it. With a little discomfort, yes.

LOL (face with tears of joy)

LOL Face With Tears Of Joy1

The face with tears of joy is the most used emoji on all platforms, including WhatsApp. Adding a grinning look and shedding tears to a conversation makes the exchange funny. This icon’s raised eyebrows mimic the natural facial expression of a genuine smile. Use this emoji in a silly, light context to express a more intense, loud laugh.



A variation of the LOL emoji, ROFL presents a smiling face with tears in the eyes, turned slightly to the left. It means what the name says: rolling on the floor laughing. You can use it to express that you find something incredibly hilarious, with a stronger connotation than the original LOL teardrop emoji.

melting face

Melting Face

One of the newer emojis, the melting face, expresses a smiley face that disappears into a puddle. The meaning of this emoji varies by context. Still, it is most often used to express shame or a subjective sense of inward discomfort. You can use it to express irony as the emoji still maintains a distorted smile while being humiliating.

The inverted face

The Upside Down Face

You can use the inverted variant of the primary smiley face to express sarcasm and irony or to add an extra sense of weirdness to an exchange. It’s also a way to subtly and politely say you’re kidding. This emoji is similar to the “person shrugging” emoji, edited by the classic “shruggie” emoticon.

The winking face

The Winking Face

Usually, this left eye closed emoji expresses different meanings. You can use it to express jokes and irony, with a subtle underhanded connotation. You can put the wink in a conversation if you want to indicate that what you said isn’t what it means. It has a predominantly suggestive tone and it is also common to use it for flirting.

The grinning face

The Smirking Face

The grin is the more mischievous variant of the winking face. The wry grin suggests “If you know what I mean” and is often used to express a sexual innuendo. The emoji is more intense than the winking expression, as it directly indicates the dual meaning of the conversation, pointing to flirting.

The face of the hand over the mouth

The Hand Over Mouth Face

The hand over the mouth, hiding a blushing grin, instantly signals “Ooops!” to the receiving end. The blush of the emoji indicates mild embarrassment, but in a cheeky, positive context. Use it to show a playful apology after making a small mistake. It can also be used in a flirty context.

The angel

The Angel

Expresses innocence, usually ironically. However, since the face has a closed smile and a halo, you can also use this emoji in any context that indicates blessings and good deeds. Place it in any context that conveys the “angel” nature of the message. In addition, you can use this emoji if you want to intentionally indicate that you are not aware of the flirting advances of the other side.

The Heart Eyes Emoji

The Heart Eyes Emoji

If you’re in love, you’ll probably be typing this one a lot. The heart eyes belong to the group of the most used emojis on different platforms. Use it to show feelings of admiration and infatuation. It conveys a more intense expression of affection, with an element of excitement from the open-mouthed smile. This emoji has an alternate version in the smiling cat face with warm eyes.

Smiling face with floating hearts

Smiling Face With Floating Hearts

If the subjective feeling of being in love had a visual representation, it would be this emoji. The floating hearts around the head suggest tender and sweet emotions. It carries a range of positive connotations, including romantic feelings, expressing genuine love and happiness. It can be used to show affection for anything that makes you dizzy.

shining eyes

Starry Eyes

You can tell if someone has a star in their eyes, and the starry sky emoji reveals excitement. You can use it when you want to express that you are surprised or impressed by something. Use it to show that you really want something and can’t wait for it to happen. Depending on the context, this emoji shows intense awe and enthusiasm.

Wacky Face

Wacky Face 1

Also called the “Zany face”, this emoji expresses foolishness. The tongue expression combined with a crazy pair of eyes indicates a lack of seriousness and silliness. The tone of this emoji is mostly positive, indicating that you are losing control in a fun context. When placed in a negative context, this emoji implies that someone or something is “crazy” with an underhanded connotation of being messy.

silent face

Shushing Face

The silent face indicates that you want to keep something a secret or add a sense of discretion to the exchange. The index finger over the mouth says, “Shhh!” require silence, implying to the receiver that the information must be withheld. The silent emoji also creates a sense of anticipation. Handing out exclusive announcements followed by this emoji creates room to ramp up the tension.

Rolling eyes

Rolling Eyes

An emoji conveys the message of the eye-roll expression. The face with the eyes rolled up indicates contempt, boredom or some disapproval of the situation. You can also use the emoji eye roll to show a sarcastic comment or rudeness. As if you’d say, “Whatever.”

empty face

Blank Face

The neutral face with a flat mouth and empty eyes indicates the lack of a good response. You can use it if you don’t have a clear opinion. Use this emoji to express concern or passive aggression. Introducing this feeling into a conversation means, “I honestly don’t know what to think about this.”

Clenching face

Teeth Clenching Face

Also known as the “awkward face,” this emoji often denotes uncomfortable feelings. Grinding your teeth in combination with a blank-eyed expression can mean that you are tense or that the topic of the conversation is unpleasant. The general mood of this emoji is to imply that the circumstances have raised uneasy feelings about them.

The Thinking Face

The Thinking Face 1

Add this emoji to the conversation if you want to show that you’re thinking about the topic. The fingers on the chin and the raised eyebrows imply that you are deep in thought. This emoji can indicate that you’re skeptical about something, like saying, “Hmm…” It’s one of the more flexible emojis, as you can take it in different tones, including mocking, playful, or serious. You can also use it in place of a question mark, implying that you are asking for something.

Communicating what cannot be said

Emojis have become an integral part of modern communication. They can add a tone to the message if it isn’t already clear and enrich the overall conversation. Knowing how to use emojis and their different meanings is essential to being digitally literate. Most messaging apps have them and they can always be accessed directly in the chat window.

What is your favorite or most used emoji? Tell us in the comments below!

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