What is the difference between emojis, emoticons and smileys?


We all be aware of the humorous yellow faces and use them nearly each and every day. They make verbal exchange less complicated for us, change complete phrases and make our chats or emails greater colorful. But what is their right name? Mostly, the terms emoji and emoticon are used interchangeably. However, there are variations between these terms.

What is an emoticon? 😀

The English words “emotion” and “icon” form the term emoticon.
Short strings of symbols, letters or numbers are intended to represent facial expressions and postures. Emoticons can liven up the text and convey moods or emotional states.
😀 means laughing or a big grin. If surprised, we use :-O and <3 stands for the heart and feelings.

What is a smiley? 😀

The term of course comes from the English verb “to smile”. The smiley is the graphic representation of a facial expression. In written communication, the person writing expresses that he or she is delighted or joking.

What is an emoji? 😊

The step from the stick man face to the image took place in Japan. The term is composed of an “e” for image and “moji” for character.

Emojis are images or pictographs. Facial expressions and gestures are shown in the form of faces and people. Objects, food, activities, animals, plants, places and other associations can also be displayed.

Noting that Emojis have been available on our mobile phones since 2010.

Communication with our counterpart is not just about the words pronounced. For we also communicate in a nonverbal way, that is, without using spoken language. 

Top 5 most popular emoji categories worldwide:

  • 1. Happy faces (including wink 😉, kisses 😘, face with heart-shaped eyes 😍, smirk 😀)
  • 2. Sad faces (including sad and angry emoji)
  • 3. Hearts (includes all colors and the broken heart emoji)
  • 4. Hand gestures (includes thumbs up, clapping hands, peace sign, etc.)
  • 5. Romantic (includes kiss imprint, love letter, couple kisses)

Some Whatsapp Symbols emojis with their meaning

Emoji Meaning Unicode
Red heart Whatsapp emoji U+2764 ❤ Red Heart
The red heart is the classical symbol of love. Expression of passion and romance. But also in the non-romantic context for friendship and strong bonds.
Orange heart emoji U+1F9E1 🧡 Orange Heart
The heart shape is the symbol of love. The orange heart may represent a half-hearted love or you do not want to have a relationship but just be friends.
Yellow heart smiley Whatsapp U+1F49B 💛 Yellow Heart
A heart of gold. Represents cordial love and purity of the heart. Not so much in the romantic context, but rather for happiness, friendship and the joy of life.
Green heart emoji Whatsapp U+1F49A 💚 Green Heart
Expression of life or lifestyle (e.g. healthy diet) and closeness to nature. Also known as the jealous heart, it may indicate relationship issues or the hope for reconciliation. Often used on the Irish St. Patrick’s Day.
Blue heart smiley Whatsapp U+1F499 💙 Blue Heart
I have full confidence in you! Represents platonic love, faithfulness, loyalty and friendship. But also: support of the awareness of autism, love of water sports or expression of a fetish.
Purple heart Whatsapp emoji U+1F49C 💜 Purple Heart
Expression of understanding and compassionate love. Represents affection and care. For Mother’s Day or in messages between parents and children. Used by fashion-conscious people or celebrities as an expression of glamor or wealth. In the US, military medal for wounded soldiers.
Black heart Emoji U+1F5A4 🖤 Black Heart
The black heart shows a dark and twisted sense of humor. It can reflect the dark side of the soul. Also used to express grief and sorrow.
Broken red heart Whatsapp emoji U+1F494 💔 Broken Heart
I am desperately unhappy! The broken red heart expresses sadness and suffering. Someone is love sick at the moment.
Heart with a period below smiley Whatsapp U+2763 ❣ Heavy Heart Exclamation Mark Ornament
I totally agree with that! A heart with a dot below forms a decorative exclamation mark. This gesture comes from the heart and emphasizes that you really like something or someone.
Two pink hearts Whatsapp symbol U+1F495 💕 Two Hearts
Love is in the air! Not so much in the passionate context, but rather a decoration. In romantic texts an expression of affection for someone or friendships among girls.
Two hearts circling emoji U+1F49E 💞 Revolving Hearts
Two hearts circling around each other represent the love between two persons. Someone wants to win your heart.
Pink beating heart smiley Whatsapp U+1F493 💓 Beating Heart
I love you so much! The beating heart symbolizes a strong connection and expresses strong feelings for someone or something. Is also a symbol of life: A baby is on the way.
Pink growing heart smiley U+1F497 💗 Growing Heart
The three hearts in one another are to convey an ever-growing heart. The feelings are getting deeper and deeper, the love is growing. The heartbeat increases and the heart is filled with joy after an emotional conversation or a great experience.
Sparkling heart smiley Whatsapp U+1F496 💖 Sparkling Heart
You are simply great! A sparkling heart means someone is doting on you. Persistence will be rewarded now!
Heart with love dart emoji U+1F498 💘 Heart With Arrow
Cupid’s arrow hit you – you’re hopelessly in love! Expresses romantic feelings in messages. Often used around Valentine’s Day.
Heart with tied bow smiley U+1F49D 💝 Heart With Ribbon
You have my love. The box in a heart shape with a ribbon could contain chocolates or jewelry. Popular on Valentine’s Day or on birthdays. Or someone gives you his heart.
Decorative heart emoji Whatsapp U+1F49F 💟 Heart Decoration
A decorative variation of the heart symbol. Stands for love, attention and affection of your conversation partner.
Peace symbol U+262E ☮ Peace symbol
Love, peace and harmony. Symbol of nuclear power protest in the 1960s, now globally known as the peace sign. Can symbolize the inner balance. A dispute shall be settled or the chat partner is asked to be peaceful.


At the end Guess what it is the meaning of those new emojis in the main banners!?

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