Emoji dictionary ☺️ Smiling Face emoji [ smahyl-ing feys ih-moh-jee ] Published May 25, 2018 What does ☺️ Smiling Face emoji mean? The smiling emoji feels all warm and fuzzy inside. This emoji is used to express positive feelings, from happiness to gratitude to affection. Because of its rosy cheeks, some people use the emoji to convey mild embarrassment. Related words: good vibes 😁 grinning face with smiling eyes emoji wavy :) 🙂 slightly smiling face emoji Where does ☺️ Smiling Face emoji come from? The smiling face emoji is an old-timer, at least as far as the internet is concerned. It originated in Unicode 1.1 in 1993 as ☺, called the white smiling face not because of skin tone but because of its white background, in contrast to ☻, or black smiling face. Internet users sometimes still use ☺ to be retro and older platforms may automatically generate ☺ if you type the smiley emoticon, :). The white smiling face emoji evolved into the now familiar yellow-faced smiley in the 2000s, coming into wide release under Unicode 6.0 in 2010. Across platforms, the white smiling face emoji has a slightly open-mouthed smile, relaxed eyes and eyebrows, and pink cheeks, leading some to think it’s flushed or blushing. White smiling face emoji appears happier than slightly smiling face emoji, 🙂, but a bit less joyed than smiling face with smiling eyes emoji, 😊, if you’re keeping track of these things. Examples of ☺️ Smiling Face emoji ☺: please try to make someone smile today @xlawrzy, December, 2017 my cats are now in competition over my lap....bless winter ☺ @xpatriciah, December, 2017 Seeing sweet elderly couples still together and in love is one of my favorite things ☺ @jessie_lambert, December, 2016 SEE MORE EXAMPLES Who uses ☺️ Smiling Face emoji? In texts and social media, the white smiling face emoji gets used to show a wide range of feelings of happiness, enjoyment, pleasure, and contentment. Good hike ☺ pic.twitter.com/vSFRSwIBu4 — kendra nikol (@kendra_nikol) December 29, 2016 Corny 💖☺💋🌹🌸🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/0v95RL7ppV — Nancy (@LAwmn99) December 29, 2017 Because of those cheeks, the emoji can also be used when something makes you blush. That outfit and those nylons! I think I have a new girl crush☺☺ https://t.co/E7V23ZSElK — cherriebubbles (@cherrieebubbles) December 29, 2017 Excitement and feeling blessed are also on the emotional palette of white smiling face emoji. Just received my acceptance letter from the university of Windsor!!! ☺☺ — Vic (@xo_victoriaang) December 29, 2016 So is cuteness. Just look at this widdle pupper! 3 weeks old pictures ☺ pic.twitter.com/Tqw4CMh4tl — Charlie Lipsie (@Charlielipsie) December 29, 2017 White smiling face also has its sweet side, wishing love and peace. With a hope for JOY, FRIENDSHIP and HAPPINESS for E V E R Y B O DY in the NEW YEAR ☺❤☺❤☺❤☺❤☺❤☺❤☺❤ *ERIK* pic.twitter.com/RQIjMRGFfv — Erik F V Scharstein (@ErikFVS) December 29, 2016 Just Added pushing P, Baader-Meinhof phenomenon, trigger law, bystander effect, CSI effect Note This is not meant to be a formal definition of ☺️ Smiling Face 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 ☺️ Smiling Face emoji that will help our users expand their word mastery.