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πŸ”₯ fire emoji

What does πŸ”₯ mean?

The fire emoji is used to signify that something is cool, awesome, exciting, or more colloquially, “on fire.” It can also convey that someone is sexy, i.e., hot, and refer to various metaphorical fires.

A few things to note…

The fire emoji is also called the flame, hot, or lit emoji. It is commonly used to praise someone or something, signifying that a person, object, album, movie, or so on, is “lit,” a slang term to describe something that is exceptionally cool or great. As lit is also slang for “intoxicated,” the fire emoji doubles as a way to say someone is very high or wasted. The term fire has been used as slang for high-quality weed in hip-hop since the early 1990s, and so sometimes the fire emoji is used to reference marijuana.

The fire emoji can also evoke the idiom, “to be on fire,” with the emoji symbolizing that a person is doing something extremely well, like playing guitar. What’s more, the fire emoji is a way to express that someone finds another person very attractive, e.g., “Girl looks πŸ”₯ - fire emoji πŸ”₯ - fire emoji πŸ”₯ - fire emoji.” This use is a play on the slang term hot, meaning “sexy” or “really good looking,” and is applied to everyone from one’s boyfriend or girlfriend to celebrities.

When paired with other emoji, though, the fire emoji can take on more negative meanings that draw on the literal sense of fire. For example, if a person messages πŸ’€ - skull emoji ➡️ πŸ”₯ - fire emoji, they might be saying “Go die in a fire” to someone they’re very mad at.

Due to its prominence in 2016, the American Dialect Society chose dumpster fire, a disastrous situation, as its 2016 Word of the Year, often represented as πŸ—‘ - wastebasket emojiπŸ”₯ - fire emoji on social media (a wastebasket plus fire emoji). Sometimes the fire emoji signifies a flamewar, which is a heated fight between two people online.

On the messaging app Snapchat, the fire emoji is used as a special reward. Here, the fire emoji indicates that one is in a “Snapstreak” with another user, which means that users have “snapped” (sent pictures or videos) back and forth for at least three consecutive days, as if their friendship is on fire.

For example…

“Recently, Sophie posted an Instagram from the 2017 BAFTA Awards red carpet. Joe saw the post, and in an act that either proves he is a supportive boyfriend or a regular person like you and me (or both!), he commented on it. The comment? 'πŸ”₯ - fire emoji.' Yup, a fire emoji.”

Sophie Hirsh, “Joe Jonas's Comment on Sophie Turner's Instagram Is Literal Fire,” Teen Vogue (February 14, 2017)

“This Mercedes C63 AMG is litπŸ”₯ - fire emojiπŸ”₯ - fire emoji

Cargasims™ @NeckBreakrz Twitter (March 28, 2017)

“That hair ✅

Those glasses ✔✔

Sexy beard ✅✔✅

This is why he's hot. πŸ”₯ - fire emoji

Undercover @onepurplediva Twitter (March 18, 2017)

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.