About This Word

🌭 - hot dog emoji

or hot dog emoji

[hot dawg ih-moh-jee]

What does the 🌭 mean?

The hot dog emoji is most often used to accompany messages about food, baseball, small dogs—and penises.

Related words:

  • baseball emoji
  • dog face emoji
  • hamburger emoji
  • slice of pizza emoji
  • eggplant emoji

See how it's used

Where does 🌭 - hot dog emoji come from?

The hot dog emoji was added in 2015 in a feast of food-related emojis approved under Unicode 8.0. Across platforms, it's topped with a squiggle of mustard but no ketchup—something @HotDogEmoji takes pride in.

Emojipedia's in-house hot dog emoji design gets fancy with the addition of relish while Emojidex goes wild by opting for just relish and onions.

Users immediately took to the hot dog emoji in texts and tweets about food—especially hot dogs but also fast food, street food, concessions, and junk food more generally. It often appears in strings of related emojis including the taco emoji, hamburger emoji, and slice of pizza emoji.

Halloween rolled around right after the hot dog emoji's release, so naturally it spiked in time for photos of dogs in hot dog costumes as well.

While the hot dog emoji has the corner on the baseball-related social-media market, it still struggles to place in the top-ten food emoji rankings. Turns out social-media users would rather share a picture of their pizza or doughnut than their ballpark frank.

Who uses 🌭 - hot dog emoji ?

The hot dog emoji is, unsurprisingly, most commonly used in reference to actual hot dogs and their non-meat counterparts. Instagram users, for instance, take the emoji literally when posting photos of meals. But, the hot dog emoji can also stand in for any fast food on social media, especially when a user is cheating on a diet.

Hot dogs are also associated with barbecues, summer time, and baseball games, so the emoji tends to pop up in these contexts as well.

Dog owners—especially of dachshunds, aka wiener dogs, and other small breeds—like to use the hot dog emoji when posting pictures of their pups in the sun. How adorbs.

#sunbathing is hard work #hotdog #🌭

A post shared by wensleydale123 (@wensleydale123) on

Other users add or substitute the hot dog emoji when exclaiming Hot dog!, a humorously old-fashioned expression of delight and surprise.

Last but not least, the hot dog emoji inevitably gets used for "penis," drawing on its shape and "wiener" alias.

For example

everyone’s getting puppies wtffff 😭 i want dachshund puppy! 🌭🐶🤞🏽🤞🏽🤞🏽

@cheeelle_e, May, 2018

I'm hungry but I really don't want to eat this late *walks into the kitchen and grabs everything*😋🍗🍔🍟🌭🍕🌮🌯🍜🍦🍰🍬🍭🍫🍿🍩🍪

@meglouisehardy2, October, 2015

When cravings hit you harder than expected. 🌭 Kobe dog with sauerkraut and foie gras? Um, yes please! 📍Haute Doggery 🌏Las Vegas #hotdog#hautedoggery#lasvegas#linq

@mina.hypeasia, Instagram, May, 2018

Sign up for our Newsletter!
Start your day with weird words, fun quizzes, and language stories.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.