- Computers. a digital icon or a sequence of keyboard symbols that serves to represent a facial expression, as :‐) for a smiling face. Emoticons are used in a digital message or text to convey the writer’s emotions or clarify intent.
Origin of emoticon
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Examples from the Web for emoticons
Two years ago Facebook stopped limiting its emoticons to smiley faces and whatever those new blobs and cat memes are.Seven Hacks to Revolutionize Your Facebook Experience
September 24, 2013
Stickers, according to the company, are "different than emoticons."Facebook Is Giving Users More Ways to Express Themselves. And It’s Terrible.
August 28, 2013
- any of several combinations of symbols used in electronic mail and text messaging to indicate the state of mind of the writer, such as :-) to express happiness
C20: from emot (ion) + icon
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Word Origin and History for emoticons
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