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🔥 Fire emoji

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What does   Fire emoji mean?

The fire emoji is a flame that is mostly yellow with a little red on the top. It 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), or refer to other various metaphorical fires.

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Where does 🔥 Fire emoji come from?

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.

Due to its prominence, the American Dialect Society chose dumpster fire, a disastrous situation, as its 2016 Word of the Year, often represented as  - wastebasket emoji - fire emoji on social media (a wastebasket plus fire emoji).

Fire emoji was included as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.

Examples of 🔥 Fire emoji

This Mercedes C63 AMG is lit - fire emoji - fire emoji
@NeckBreakrz, March, 2017
That hair ✅ Those glasses ✔✔ Sexy beard ✅✔✅ This is why he's hot.  - fire emoji
@onepurplediva, March, 2017
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? ' - fire emoji.' Yup, a fire emoji.
Sophie Hirsh, “Joe Jonas's Comment on Sophie Turner's Instagram Is Literal Fire,” Teen Vogue, February, 2017

Who uses 🔥 Fire emoji?

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. Additionally, the fire emoji is a way to express that a person is very attractive, (e.g., “Girl looks  - fire emoji  - fire emoji  - 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  - skull emoji ➡️  - fire emoji, they might be saying “Go die in a fire” to someone they’re very mad at. 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 when someone has a “Snapstreak” with another user, which means that they have “snapped” (sent pictures or videos) back and forth for at least three consecutive days, as if their friendship is on fire.

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