or disappointed face emoji or sad face emoji [dis-uh-poin-tid feys ih-moh-jee]
What does 😞 mean?
It's a bit of a bummer, but the disappointed face emoji, 😞, expresses varying degrees of sadness and disappointment.
People use it for everything from when a beloved friend passes away to when they couldn't get tickets to the Beyoncé concert 😞.
Where does come from?
The disappointed face was added to Unicode 6.0 in 2010. On most platforms, it appears as a yellow face frowning with closed eyes and eyebrows furrowed in sadness. It may be confused with the pensive face emoji, 😔, which is very similar but has more expressive eyebrows and a flatter mouth. It might also be mistaken for the slightly frowning face emoji, 🙁, which doesn’t have eyebrows and seems to be saying Eep!
On some platforms, when you type in :(, it will auto-supply the disappointed face emoji. That makes it one of the most commonly used emoji, essentially used as a go-to sad face, as the emoji is indeed sometimes called. The disappointed face emoji is used to add tone and subtext to messages on social media or texts that could otherwise come off as flat or harsh. For example, “there’s nothing I can do 😞” feels much more helpless with the disappointed face emoji.
Very few things more disheartening than eating at a mediocre barbecue place that the owners clearly think is a great barbecue place 😞
— Dad (@fivefifths) August 14, 2018
Who uses ?
The disappointed face emoji is used in text-messaging and social media to express degrees of sadness and disappointment, from earnest somberness to ironic frustration. It is so expressive that it can be sent on its own to express those feeling without any accompanying message.
The disappointed face emoji can be used to express grief over something very terrible—a death, a medical emergency, or another major life event.
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) August 13, 2018
Hi Tweeple, if I'm not about for a while, forgive me. My elderly Mum is very unwell in hospital 😨 she's 90, they'd operate on younger, fitter person, but she's so, very, very frail 😞
— Mrs. 🌹 (@Unwellinbed) August 14, 2018
However, the disappointed face emoji can also be used to convey annoyance or dismay for more minor things, like not being able to find your favorite brand of ice cream at a store … or not getting laid.
I am critically horny rn 😞
— ★☆☆ ][§@¡/-|~|☆☆★ (@YuhBoiClove) August 29, 2018
I just want someone to go to the twilight 10 year anniversary with me and my frends will not answer me😞
— lamondre (@ewwlamondre) August 29, 2018
Tayo 🙂, I’m fine.
I’m jus stressed 😞
— 🎀Say-Say🎀 (@Im_Cutesunshine) August 29, 2018
Whatever the degree, the disappointed face emoji is a go-to emoji for sorrow and let-downs in digital communication.
OMG I just wanna go to Oslo and meet my favorite persons in the whole world 😞😞😞
— carolina #EleNão (@EksettAdrian) August 29, 2018
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