Emoji dictionary ✋ Raised Hand emoji [reyzd hand ih-moh-jee] Published September 16, 2018 What does ✋ Raised Hand emoji mean? Bring it up high ✋ for this definition. The raised hand emoji, ✋, can be used to express “stop,” signal a high five, or imitate speaking up, as if raising one’s hand in class. Related words 💪 Flexed Biceps emoji, 👍 Thumbs Up emoji, 👌 Ok Hand emoji, awkward turtle, let’s go, dilly dilly Where does ✋ Raised Hand emoji come from? Emojiterra Raised hand emoji was released under Unicode 6.0 in 2010. The emoji appears as a single raised hand, with fingers together and the thumb pointing out to the side. It’s similar to the sign a crossing guard might make to indicate a driver or walker should stop. While its default color is yellow, skin-tone modifiers are available for raised hand emoji. The raised hand emoji has a range of tone. It can be negative. For example, it can convey “Stop bothering me” or “Don’t do that anymore” (e.g., talk to the hand). I can't deal with your negativity ✋🏼✋🏼✋🏼✋🏼✋🏼✋🏼✋🏼✋🏼 — Megan Greenwood (@megang_) May 21, 2015 It can also be more positive, expressing the fervor, say, of raising your hands in religious worship. Praise God @HOUSEOFMACLEAN ✋🤚✋🤚✋🤚✋🤚 https://t.co/TNA1Azdxoa — Denny Ligan (@DennyDublin) September 18, 2018 Examples of ✋ Raised Hand emoji Yess sir my brother is back🔴🔵✋🏾👈🏾 @Jashaun06, October, 2017 🎙️👐✋ #Federer in his pre tournament press conference #Wimbledon... @suamax8, July, 2018 People telling me that I'm giving out "hints" with the ring/engagement posts.. Bishh, I been posting things like that since MySpace ✋🏻 @whitrichmond, October, 2017 SEE MORE EXAMPLES Who uses ✋ Raised Hand emoji? True to its name, the raised hand emoji can be a digital form of raising one’s hand (e.g., speaking up, voicing agreement, asking for a show of hands). Show of hands if you’ve been used as “diversity” in PWI marketing materials ✋🏽 — Jarlisa (@jarlisaart) September 20, 2018 The raised hand emoji can be used in place of an in-person high five. Sometimes, it can even be accompanied by a paw shake from an animal friend. Give me Five✋ pic.twitter.com/BRUS5XLbp4 — Back To Nature (@backt0nature) August 26, 2018 The emoji is popular in sports, frequently used in a similar manner as the woman/man raised hand emoji (🙋♀️,🙋♂️). Here it can be used to say, for example, “Yes, I’m ready for some tennis”: First day of the #WTA season! Who's ready for tennis ✋ pic.twitter.com/Pint3UMemy — WTA (@WTA) December 31, 2016 It is often featured in ad campaigns. For example, the raised hand emoji has been used on New Year’s Eve to discourage people from drinking and driving as a forceful “stop” or “don’t.” STOP! ✋Don't Drink & Drive.#nye2016 #designateddrivers #dontdrinkanddrive #SETX pic.twitter.com/nxBhGkfJLW — Eat Drink SETX (@eatdrinksetx) December 31, 2016 Although not always political in tone, raised hand emoji can be used in this context. Some tweeters use raised hand emoji to signal protest. Everyone take a min & pause✋Racism will never end Unless you make a change Justice4all#Ferguson 🙏#EricGarner #TreyvonMartin take notes — ☁AaronTheMarketer☁ (@Iamaarontm) December 4, 2014 Just Added up to snuff, rage farming, hermano, food coma, National Medal of Arts Note This is not meant to be a formal definition of ✋ Raised Hand emoji like most terms we define on Dictionary.com, but is rather an informal word summary that hopefully touches upon the key aspects of the meaning and usage of ✋ Raised Hand emoji that will help our users expand their word mastery.