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πŸ™„ face with rolling eyes emoji

What does πŸ™„ mean?

Face with rolling eyes is an emoji used in digital communication to express disbelief, annoyance, impatience, boredom, and disdain. It can also be used to indicate sarcasm or irony.

A few things to note…

Face with rolling eyes goes by a lot of other names, including eye-roll, eye-rolling, roll eye, rolling eye(s), and rollover-eyes emoji.

The shades of exasperation face with rolling eyes can convey are just as numerous as its names. Like the eye-rolling gesture it depicts, users primarily employ face with rolling eyes to show, with varying degrees of intensity, that they find someone or something irritating, uninteresting, unbelievable, undeserving, or unimpressive. The emoji can roughly translate as “You’ve got to be kidding me,” “You can’t be serious,” or “I don’t have time for this.” Face with rolling eyes can also carry the force of a resigned sigh or “duh.”

Face with rolling eyes debuted in summer 2015 as part of a much-hyped batch of new emoji released by the Unicode Consortium, which regulates official emoji. In February 2016, emoji keyboard provider EmojiXpress found that face with rolling eyes was the most popular emoji being used among Unicode’s new set by iPhone users at the time. At points in March 2017, Emojipedia featured face with rolling eyes as one of the most popular emoji on its site.

Face with rolling eyes hasn’t just been popular, though. Some think it can be quite useful in addressing the ambiguity that riddles electronic communication. As Ashley Fetters argued in April 2016 for GQ, face with rolling eyes can function as a much-needed sarcastic tone marker, indicating that a message should be read as ironic and thus eliminating any confusion.

Face with rolling eyes enjoys wide use among a variety of users and digital contexts. However, it looks very different across different devices and operating systems. Depending what device you see it on, the emoji’s skyward-glancing eyes can look more thoughtful, anxious, or coy and less contemptuous, which, for new users, could cause some miscommunication.

For example…

“justin: πŸ™„ - face with rolling eyes emoji this is like- are you done bitching yet I’ve got places to go and things to see”

rearviewz, “is the shadiest emoji of all time,” Soulmates » zustin (January 23, 2017)

“That's the dogs actual name. Kate Middleton. FYI it's a shit poodle πŸ™„ - face with rolling eyes emoji but I gave it a pat anyway and was told to address the animal by her full name, not just Kate.”

Sim Davis kraftworkdesign Instagram (March 29, 2017)

“Who [sic] do people have to ruin halloween for everyone with their racist/islamphobic costumes? πŸ™„ - face with rolling eyes emoji

Nastya @reb0rnwolf Twitter (October 30, 2016)

This is not a formal definition of πŸ™„ like most terms we define on Dictionary.com, but is rather an informal word summary that touches upon the key aspects of the meaning and usage of πŸ™„ that will help you expand your word mastery.