Emoji dictionary 🙈, 🙉, 🙊 Three Wise Monkey emoji [see noh ee-vuh l, heer noh ee-vuh l, or speek noh ee-vuh l muhng-kee ih-moh-jee] September 7, 2018 What does 🙈 See No Evil Monkey emoji , 🙉 Hear No Evil Monkey emoji, and 🙊 Speak No Evil Monkey emoji mean? The see–no-evil monkey emoji depicts the face of a monkey covered with the monkey’s hands. Most versions show the monkey’s mouth in a slight smile, which almost hints at a “hide or seek” game, and it’s used in a wide variety of contexts such as, “Did I really say that?” to “I won’t tell a soul.” Similarly, the hear-no-evil monkey is used when people hear things they shouldn’t have or didn’t want to hear. And, we bet you can guess what the say-no-evil monkey emoji is used for … yup, when you just blurted out the wrong thing in the wrong situation. Nice job. But “see no evil” is part of the proverb, “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil,” and is meant to carry a more significant message. Related words infinity symbol, 🈹 Circled Ideograph Congratulation emoji, 🌸 Cherry Blossom emoji, 🕉️ Om Symbol emoji, Monchhichi, finger monkey Where does 🙈, 🙉, 🙊 Three Wise Monkey emoji come from? The Telegraph The ancient Japanese proverb “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” was popularized in the 17th century as a pictorial Shinto maxim, carved in the famous Tōshō-gū Shinto shrine in Nikkō, Japan. Three Wise Monkeys illustrated the idea of protecting one’s self from unsavory or challenging behavior, thought, or language. The saying embraces a Buddhist tenet of not dwelling on evil thoughts, though in Western cultures, the adage is colored with the idea of pretending to be ignorant or choosing to look the other way, and it implies some question of character. Monkeys are important in the Shinto religion, and the adage was represented with three monkeys in the carving: Wise monkey Mizaru, covers his eyes, and sees no evil; Kikazaru covers his ears, and hears no evil; and Iwazaru covers his mouth, and speaks no evil. Early Chinese Confucian philosophy certainly played a role in the birth of the adage, as a Confucian phrase from the third or fourth century B.C. reads, “Look not at what is contrary to propriety; listen not to what is contrary to propriety; speak not what is contrary to propriety; make no movement which is contrary to propriety.” Early Buddhist and Hindu versions of the idea varied, and in some illustrations there was a fourth monkey that referred to that last principle in the Confucian expression. The monkey, Shizaru, symbolized “do no evil,” and was shown either crossing his arms or covering his genitals. The Hindu interpretation of the fourth monkey was more along the lines of “don’t flaunt your happiness” than “don’t do evil things.” The see-no-evil Mizaru emoji— like its cohorts, Kikazaru and Iwazaru—was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015. And, like its cohorts, the emoji is often used in lighthearted ways, and certainly not with the serious thought its creators intended. But, hey, that’s what happens when a couple of thousands of years pass. If the core concepts of the maxim remain, well, that’s pretty impressive, right? Examples of 🙈, 🙉, 🙊 Three Wise Monkey emoji movie dates are too expensive to sit next to someone for 2hrs then text them later saying " I should have kissed you 🙈" no ways @Mashale_P, September, 2018 Told my mom that I am not able to focus today. She watched TVD with me. I’m blessed.❤️🙉🙈 @meenastaycalm, September, 2018 🙊 🙈 🙉 nixon was wrongly persecuted by a disgruntled employee is a take i did not see coming @gina_goldberg, September, 2018 SEE MORE EXAMPLES Who uses 🙈, 🙉, 🙊 Three Wise Monkey emoji? People use the see-no-evil monkey emoji and its counterparts in a variety of ways, and as noted above, they’re seldom used with the original meaning with which the saying was created for. All three wise monkey emoji enjoy popularity because monkeys are cute, and the covering of one’s ears or mouth has a way of conveying a feeling with few words: embarrassment, surprise, self-deprecation, questioning, and “la la la, I can’t hear you!” to name a few. For example, although the three wise monkeys in unified pose don’t seem quite adequate for the inspirational thought expressed here, we think we get the real idea at play here. Poor little chimp, the butt of the joke: the three monkeys together convey a sense of “Do you even see this? I can’t believe what I’m seeing/hearing, and I’m covering my mouth so I don’t laugh too loud!” Tenacity is the key to #success! 🙊🙈🙉😹 pic.twitter.com/41zBycTjxa #TuesdayMotivation via @JenaC2 @MakMakay — Linda Freeman (@lindafreeman_) September 4, 2018 When used for sheer cuteness, the wisdom of the ages goes right out the window: two seconds of cuteness for you🙊🙈 pic.twitter.com/wz2EaIEjj5 — a l i 🦕 (@aliciaaaalopez) September 6, 2018 Sometimes the monkeys are clearly used incorrectly, as in this post where the idea might have been hands slapping the side the of the face in surprise and joy—but that’s not what Kikazaru is all about! They nailed this first try! 🙉☝️ pic.twitter.com/o45Pp5uoXO — Whistle Sports (@WhistleSports) September 6, 2018 And, Kikazaru is clearly being employed here in a way he didn’t intend: I wanna hide in his dimples 🙉 — YOONGI’S SMILE💜 (@ashmcd325) September 7, 2018 The use of two of the monkeys here helps this poster say, “I’m a bit embarrassed so I’m covering my eyes/face, and I’ll cover my mouth for good measure” (or, “I can’t believe I said/do this!”). Am I the only one who drinks canned drinks out of a straw?! Lol my fambam keeps saying I’m weird for it🙊🙈 pic.twitter.com/bsAkcErrvl — Syd🌼— REP TOUR INDY❤️ (@matsel_24) September 7, 2018 And here, Corrina is clearly very embarrassed. We get it! Yes!!! 😂🙊🙈🙉 I'm embarrassed! 🤣 — Corrina (@CorrinaTweets) September 7, 2018 It’s difficult to find posts where the Three Wise Monkeys are actually doing the job they were hired to do. This post comes close—the Buddhist intent works: All three wise monkeys are lined up to banish evil thoughts. Meanwhile in Los Angeles 🙊🙈🙉 pic.twitter.com/TEEqU2MhLR — Gilberto Trombetta (@Gitro77) August 21, 2018 And, we come back to simply … monkeys. Because, monkeys! View this post on Instagram #🐵 #🙈 #🙉 #🙊 #🐒 #monkey A post shared by 𝓚𝓾𝓻𝓸𝓹𝓪𝓽𝓸𝓿𝓪 𝓔𝓵𝓮𝓷𝓪 (@leslii89) on Sep 7, 2018 at 1:44pm PDT Just Added Older Americans Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Saluting Face emoji Note This is not meant to be a formal definition of 🙈, 🙉, 🙊 Three Wise Monkey 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 🙈, 🙉, 🙊 Three Wise Monkey emoji that will help our users expand their word mastery.