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😶 face without mouth emoji

What does 😶 mean?

The face without mouth emoji can be used as an emotional tone marker to indicate sadness, loneliness, disappointment, emptiness, and genuine self-deprecation. It can also be used more literally as speechlessness or to represent zipping one’s lips. In some ways, it’s a symbolic marker for sheepishness. Some people also use it to subtweet, hint at something with a meaning that isn’t immediately apparent, or deliver comments with an edge.

A few things to note…

The face without mouth emoji can communicate a certain sense of despair. It often accompanies social media, blog, or forum posts written to indirectly reach out to others. Someone might make a post about shutting down and isolating themselves from others, and it might include the face without mouth emoji. Likewise, someone might text a friend about feeling lonely or unsure of their status with others, being sure to include this emoji.

The face without mouth emoji can also be used passive aggressively. In situations where a person might subtweet on Twitter (or tweet negative things about a person without naming that person), they might also use the face without mouth emoji. In this use there can be a sad smugness to this emoji. For example, a person might tweet about the frustration they feel when they’re let down by people they prioritize in their life, and end that sentiment with a face without mouth emoji.

It doesn’t all have to be bad though. Sometimes this emoji is used in situations where someone feels like they can’t offer any comments on the situation at hand. Perhaps they’re literally speechless and post the face without mouth emoji as a reaction to something, either positive or negative. Maybe their favorite musician liked one of their posts on social media. Or maybe they feel like they’re gabbing too much about something they’re passionate about, so they use the face without mouth emoji to show that they’re putting a lid on it.

This emoji also works well with situations where someone might feel sheepish. This includes situations where they might be asking for a big favor or for advice when they know they’ve gotten themselves into a bad spot. For example, if someone were kicked out of their apartment and needed to humbly ask their friend for a place to stay, they might tack on the face without mouth emoji at the end of their request as a way to indicate that they know that they are asking for a big favor.

For example…

“got no motivation for exams tbh 😶 - face without mouth emoji

balfurious @helen_balfour Twitter (April 26, 2017)

“i like a boy for the first time in ages and i forgot what a shitty feeling it is :))))))) #😶 - face without mouth emoji

binches Tumblr (March 4, 2016)

“Hey guys, Desperately need money here, I'm a homeless idiot and I need to know how I can advertise my art that I put on here, I have quite a number of art pieces I've done I'm just so lost here not sure what to do 😶 - face without mouth emoji sorry if I'm being stupid.”

Igna5sv Etsy (January 13, 2017)

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