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✌️ Victory Hand emoji

[vik-tuh-ree hand ih-moj-jee]

What does ✌️ Victory Hand emoji mean?

The victory hand emoji, ✌️, is a representation of the peace sign. It can be used to express goodwill and “goodbye.” More crudely, it can tell someone off, like a middle finger, or, more sexily, it can represent female masturbation. When wrapped around text, it can simulate air quotes.

Related words

peace of mind, rest in peace, good vibes, 👍 Thumbs Up emoji, hugs and kisses, 👌 Ok Hand emoji, scissoring

Where does ✌️ Victory Hand emoji come from?


The victory hand, or V sign, has its origins in the WWII resistance to the Nazis. The Belgian BBC broadcaster Victor de Laveleye suggested in January 1941 that the victory sign—made with index and middle finger spread and facing out, the remaining fingers held down with the thumb—become a symbol of unity and victory for the Allied forces, as the word for victory in French (victoire) and for freedom in Dutch (vrijheid) both started with letter V.

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The symbol took off, first in Belgium, the Netherlands, and England, and later throughout occupied Europe. Later, it came to be a general symbol for peace when it was adopted by Vietnam War protesters in the 1970s and has since become commonly called the peace sign gesture and recognized around the world.

The victory hand emoji is a digital representation of the victory hand. In 1993, the victory hand was added to Unicode 1.1, making it an old-school icon. In 2015, it was added to Unicode’s Emoji 1.0 set. The victory hand comes in a default yellow but skin-tone modifiers allow users to change its color.


Examples of ✌️ Victory Hand emoji

Never looking back on it we did what we did 😏✌🏾
@_jazsyb, August, 2018
Corpus Christi...It’s been real. This isn’t goodbye, just a see you later. ✌️❤️ shoutout to the 18 amazing years of memories. #CollegeBound
@brianjuarez1105, August, 2018
Do not expect anything, but pray for everything....Without FAITH there is no HOPE💋✌️💋✌️💋✌️💋✌Peace and LOVE baby♥️♥️♥️♥️🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🙏
@SwanRose2013, September, 2018

Who uses ✌️ Victory Hand emoji?

The victory hand emoji is most often used to represent “peace” and all the sentiments of unity, harmony, and collective humanity that come with it.

As peace and peace out are slang ways to say “goodbye,” the victory hand emoji is ready to bid various farewells and make sundry sign-offs.

Peace creates those good vibes, so the victory hand emoji can convey happiness or joy more generally.

For a number of cultures, including the British, turning around a victory hand gesture makes an obscene gesture akin to the middle finger, saying “Up yours!” or “Fuck you!” Many Britons and others use the victory hand emoji for their sweary needs.

The victory hand emoji also has its naughtier side. Some people use it to represent masturbating a woman (“fingering”). Others may use it to evoke cunnilingus or spread legs, implying “vagina” and “sex” more generally.

When people want to show they are saying something ironically or calling out problematic word choices, they may do air quotes, which involves holding up both hands in victory signs and bending the fingers. The gesture is meant to imitate quotation marks. Wrapping text with two victory hand emoji simulates ✌️ air quotes ✌️ in writing.

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