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❌ - cross mark emoji

or cross mark emoji

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What does ❌ mean?

No good! Very bad! Uh-uh! Cancelled! Wrong! ❌!

That's what the big red X of the cross mark emoji generally communicates—something or someone viewed in a strongly negative light.

The cross mark emoji can be more positive, though, conveying a kiss, like xoxo, or that something has been discovered, like X marks the spot.

In sports, the emoji sees special use to stand for a "strike" in baseball or a missed scoring attempt generally. The emoji is sometimes used to designate pornographic content, XXX, as well.

Related words:

  • ✖️ heavy multiplication X emoji
  • 🙅 person gesturing no emoji
  • 🚫 prohibited emoji
  • X emoji
  • XXXX

See how it's used

Where does ❌ - cross mark emoji come from?

The cross mark emoji was approved in 2010 under Unicode 6.0. Put simply, the emoji is a big red X, drawing on associations of the color red with warnings (stop signs, no-smoking signs) and corrections (errors, red pens).

The appearance of the cross mark emoji across platforms is mostly uniform, though there are some slight variations. Apple features heavy rectangular lines—like when you get a question wrong on a computer-based tests. Messenger displays a more human touch—like when you get a question wrong on an in-class quiz.

Thanks for bringing us down.

The emoji looks similar to—and sometimes gets used like—the heavy multiplication X emoji, ✖️. Most platforms color the multiplication symbol grayish black, but be aware that Google's design is reddish orange, making it closely resemble ❌.

Who uses ❌ - cross mark emoji ?

In texts and online, many use the cross mark emoji when voicing a negative opinion or experience.

This can include feelings about people ...

... like ex-boyfriends.

The cross mark emoji can also convey a sense of failure, imitating something crossed out in red pen.

The cross mark emoji can also convey something is "cancelled," often used playfully.

The emoji sees some more specific uses, calling up "strike" in baseball or "sold out" in sales.

And, the cross mark emoji sees use in sexually explicitly content ... XXX.

Much less risqué, the cross mark emoji can stand for a loved one's hugs and kisses, xoxo.

Finally, sometimes people use the cross mark emoji to stand for letter X, especially in the expression X marks the spot.

For example

woke up✅ / girlfriend ❌ / damn.. alright back to sleep

@yungbuttsex, December, 2017

Puffa coats with belts around the middle actually made me vom❌

@ellwhiteaway, December, 2016

Running into b Chenz at the airport before he goes and changes his life made my day. Good luck buddy see you when you come back nice and healthy ⭕❌⭕❌

@ReBeCcARoSeD, December, 2017

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