Emoji Glossary

Activity Emoji Meanings ⚽️

The things people do in their spare time also happen to be the things people love to share on social media. That’s why it’s no surprise that Activity emojis are some of the most popular when talking about a sport you love to play or a new hobby you’re trying out. While most of the emoji meanings are pretty straightforward, we still wanted to put together a comprehensive list to showcase every single one in its glory. 

To make things more fun, we’ve broken up the main activity emojis into three categories: 

  • Sports and exercise emoji meanings
  • Fun, hobby and music emoji meanings
  • Other activity emoji meanings

Sports and Exercise Emoji Meanings 

Emoji: ⚽️
Name:
Soccer ball emoji
Meaning:
The soccer ball emoji is usually used in relation to all things soccer in the United States or football in Europe. 

Emoji: 🏀
Name:
Basketball emoji
Meaning:
The basketball emoji represents the popular sport of basketball and refers to the NBA. 

Emoji: 🏈
Name:
American football emoji
Meaning:
The football emoji is most commonly used in reference to American football, the NFL and especially on days like Football Sunday and the Superbowl. 

Emoji: ⚾️
Name:
Baseball emoji 
Meaning:
The baseball emoji pays homage to the popular sport of baseball and is most used when talking directly about the sport or MLB. 

Emoji: 🥎
Name:
Softball emoji
Meaning:
The softball emoji is used when talking about the sport of softball or other related activities or sports. 

Emoji: 🎾
Name:
Tennis ball emoji
Meaning:
The tennis ball emoji depicts one of the most popular sports in the world: Tennis. It is used when talking directly about tennis, tours and tournaments. 

Emoji: 🏐
Name:
Volleyball emoji
Meaning:
The volleyball emoji perfectly represents the sport of volleyball and all it entails. It is always used in conversations surrounding the sport and its different variations. 

Emoji: 🏉
Name:
Rugby football emoji
Meaning:
The rugby football emoji represents the many different versions of the game, including rugby union and rugby league. 

Emoji: 🥏
Name:
Flying disc emoji
Meaning:
The flying disc emoji depicts one of the most enjoyable objects: the frisbee. This emoji is typically used whenever talking about the sport or having a little fun. 

Emoji: 🎱
Name:
Billiards/8-ball emoji
Meaning:
The 8-ball emoji is the only emoji currently representative of the game of billiards or pool. While it’s used to represent the sport, it can also represent a magic 8 ball and good fortune or luck. 

Emoji: 🪀
Name:
Yo-yo emoji
Meaning:
The yo-yo emoji is obviously a depiction of the item itself, but it can also convey childishness and fun. 

Emoji: 🏓
Name:
Table tennis emoji
Meaning:
The table tennis emoji shows both a paddle and a ball. It is typically used when talking about the sport or perhaps in a conversation that is going back and forth. 

Emoji: 🏸
Name:
Badminton racquet emoji
Meaning:
The badminton and racquet emoji perfectly represent the sport and is most commonly used in conversation or captions about it 

Emoji: 🎳
Name:
Bowling ball and pins emoji
Meaning:
The bowling ball and pins emoji represents the sport of bowling, showing a black bowling ball rolling into three pins. 

Emoji: 🏒
Name:
Ice hockey stick emoji
Meaning:
The ice hockey stick emoji refers to ice hockey and the NHL. The sport and emoji are especially popular among Canadians. 

Emoji: 🏑
Name:
Field hockey stick emoji
Meaning:
The field hockey stick is most commonly used by those who are playing or talking about field hockey in some capacity. 

Emoji: 🥍
Name:
Lacrosse stick emoji
Meaning:
The lacrosse stick emoji is meant to represent the game of lacrosse overall. It can be used whenever someone is talking about the sport and the NLL. 

Emoji: 🏏
Name:
Cricket bat emoji
Meaning:
The cricket bat and ball emoji is used for those who are talking about the sport of cricket and cricket matches. 

Emoji: 🪃
Name:
Boomerang emoji
Meaning:
The boomerang emoji is typically used to represent itself, but is also used in conversations relating to traditional Australian culture and customs. 

Emoji: 🥅
Name:
Goal net emoji
Meaning:
The goal net emoji is most commonly used in reference to goalies or getting a goal in sports like hockey or soccer but can also be used in reference to ‘scoring’ outside of sports. 

Emoji: ⛳️
Name:
Golf hole with flag emoji
Meaning:
The golf hole emoji is perfect to use when showing off a swing or when talking about golfing or golf courses. 

Emoji: 🥊
Name:
Boxing glove emoji
Meaning:
The boxing glove is representative of the sport of boxing and is often used when people want to threaten or fight. 

Emoji: 🥋
Name:
Martial arts uniform emoji
Meaning:
The martial arts uniform emoji is used when talking about any martial arts such as judo or karate. 

Emoji: 🎽
Name: Running shirt emoji
Meaning:
The running shirt emoji is most often used by runners who are showcasing their newest gear, latest run or stats. 

Emoji: 🥌
Name:
Curling stone emoji
Meaning:
The curling stone emoji is representative of the sport of curling. It can be used when talking about or playing the sport or watching a tournament.

Emoji: 🏹
Name:
Bow and arrow emoji
Meaning:
The bow and arrow emoji represents the sport of archery and can also be used as a metaphor for when someone is on target or in love (think Cupid). 

Emoji: 🎿
Name:
Skis emoji
Meaning:
The skis emoji shows all of the gear a skier will need before going skiing. It’s most commonly used when someone is talking about a wintery ski trip they have to pack or prepare for. 

Emoji:
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Skier emoji
Meaning:
The skier emoji depicts a skier going downhill. While it's more commonly used when talking about the sport itself, it can also be used when things are going ‘down’. 

Emoji: 🏂
Name:
Snowboarder emoji
Meaning:
The snowboarder emoji represents one of the most popular winter sports and is usually used when talking about snowboarding or snowboarders. 

Emoji: 🪂
Name:
Parachute emoji
Meaning:
The parachute emoji depicts the act of skydiving and using a parachute. It can also refer to ‘jumping to conclusions’ and similar sayings. 

Emoji: 🏋️‍♀️🏋️🏋️‍♂️
Name:
Weightlifter emoji
Meaning:
The weightlifter emoji represents not only weightlifters and the sport of weightlifting but also strength and stability. 

Emoji: 🤼‍♀️🤼🤼‍♂️
Name:
People wrestling emoji
Meaning
: The people wrestling emoji can be used to depict the actual sport of wrestling or the act of getting into a physical altercation. 

Emoji: 🤸‍♀️🤸🤸‍♂️
Name:
Cartwheel emoji
Meaning:
The cartwheel emoji is most often used to represent the sport of gymnastics as a whole. It can also be used when talking about doing flips or ‘mental gymnastics’. 

Emoji: ⛹️‍♀️⛹️⛹️‍♂️
Name:
Basketball player emoji
Meaning:
The basketball player emoji pairs perfectly with the basketball emoji and is used when talking about the sport and playing the sport of basketball. 

Emoji: 🤺
Name:
Fencer emoji
Meaning:
The fencer emoji represents the sport of fencing and can also be used in conversations when someone feels like dodging or jabbing. 

Emoji: 🤾‍♀️🤾🤾‍♂️
Name:
Handball player emoji
Meaning:
The handball player emoji is for those who play handball and like to talk about and represent the game. 

Emoji: 🏌️‍♀️🏌️🏌️‍♂️
Name:
Golfer emoji
Meaning:
The golfer emoji can be used in conjunction with the golf hole emoji to portray a perfect day on the golf course. 

Emoji: 🏇
Name:
Jockey on racing horse emoji
Meaning:
The jockey on a racing horse emoji is most used when talking about horse racing, races, high speeds and even the Kentucky Derby. 

Emoji: 🧘‍♀️🧘🧘‍♂️
Name:
Lotus position/yoga emoji
Meaning:
The lotus position emoji is representative of all types of yoga. It is also often used in relation to relaxing and finding ‘zen’. 

Emoji: 🏄‍♀️🏄🏄‍♂️
Name:
Surfer emoji
Meaning:
The surfer emoji is most commonly used to portray the sport of surfing, but can also be used when someone is trying to come off as chill or laid-back. 

Emoji: 🏊‍♀️🏊🏊‍♂️
Name:
Swimmer emoji
Meaning:
The swimmer emoji represents both professional and casual swimmers. It can also refer to beach or pool days.  

Emoji: 🤽‍♀️🤽🤽‍♂️
Name:
Water polo emoji
Meaning:
The water polo emoji is used by anyone who plays water polo, is talking about water polo or wants to spark a conversation about it. 

Emoji: 🚣‍♀️🚣🚣‍♂️
Name:
Rowing boat emoji
Meaning:
The rowing boat emoji can represent professional rowing, and when used with the canoe emoji, it can be more appropriate for casual things like camping. 

Emoji: 🧗‍♀️🧗🧗‍♂️
Name:
Rock climber emoji
Meaning:
The rock climber emoji can depict both indoor and outdoor rock climbing. It can also be used when someone feels like they are going through something extremely difficult. 

Emoji: 🚵‍♀️🚵🚵‍♂️
Name:
Mountain biker emoji
Meaning:
The mountain biker emoji represents not only mountain biking but extreme sports overall. Thrill seekers are most likely to use this emoji the most. 

Emoji: 🚴‍♀️🚴🚴‍♂️
Name:
Cyclist emoji
Meaning:
The cyclist emoji can be used by all types of bikers and is most typically used when talking about biking somewhere or bikes in general. 

Fun, Hobby and Music Emoji Meanings

Emoji: 🪁
Name:
Kite emoji
Meaning:
The kite emoji represents many things, mainly picnics outdoors and even expressing a carefree attitude. It can also be used to tell someone to ‘go flight a kite’ aka buzz off. 

Emoji: 🛝
Name:
Playground slide emoji
Meaning:
The playground slide emoji is most often used when discussing children, playgrounds, parks or playtime. 

Emoji: 🎣
Name:
Fishing pole and fish emoji
Meaning:
The fishing pole and fish emoji depicts one of the most popular hobbies: fishing. It can also refer to relaxation or ‘reeling something or someone in’. 

Emoji: 🤿
Name:
Diving mask emoji
Meaning:
The diving mask emoji is perfect for people who enjoy scuba diving or being underwater and it can even be used on vacation. 

Emoji: 🛹
Name:
Skateboard emoji
Meaning:
The skateboard emoji refers to the action of skateboarding and can also be used when talking about doing tricks. 

Emoji: 🛼
Name:
Roller skate emoji
Meaning:
The roller skate emoji is mainly used when talking about roller skating or blading but can also be used when talking about things that are ‘retro’. 

Emoji: 🛷
Name:
Sled emoji
Meaning:
The sled emoji is popular to use in the winter and in snowy climates when people are going outside and enjoying the weather. 

Emoji:
Name:
Ice skate emoji
Meaning:
The ice skate emoji is most commonly used when talking about ice skating and figure skating but it can also be used in reference to hockey, as there is no hockey skate emoji. 

Emoji: 🎪
Name:
Circus tent emoji
Meaning:
The circus tent emoji represents all things circus and fun. It can also show the craziness of something, as circuses are known to be wild places. 

Emoji: 🤹‍♀️🤹🤹‍♂️
Name:
Juggling emoji
Meaning:
The juggling emoji can represent the physical act of juggling, but it is more commonly used when talking about juggling a lot of tasks or to-dos. 

Emoji: 🎭
Name:
Performing arts emoji
Meaning:
The performing arts emoji shows two masks and is most often used when talking about theater, musical theater and plays. It can also be used when someone or something is being extra dramatic. 

Emoji: 🩰
Name:
Ballet shoes emoji
Meaning:
The ballet shoes emoji is most commonly used by ballerinas, those talking about ballet and dancing. 

Emoji: 🎨
Name:
Artist palette emoji
Meaning:
The artist palette emoji represents the different colors of paint needed to create something beautiful. It can be used to reference painting and other types of art. 

Emoji: 🎬
Name:
Clapper board emoji
Meaning:
The clapper board emoji is best used in situations related to television or movies. It can also be used when something is finished, like ‘that’s a wrap.’ 

Emoji: 🎤
Name:
Microphone emoji
Meaning:
The microphone emoji can be used in situations where someone has something to say or in reference to singing. It’s also commonly used in virtual ‘mic drop’ moments. 

Emoji: 🎧
Name:
Headphones emoji
Meaning:
The headphones emoji is most typically used when someone is listening to something (usually music or a podcast) and can be hard to reach. 

Emoji: 🎼
Name:
Musical score emoji
Meaning:
The musical score emoji shows the more technical side of music creation. It is most commonly used by musicians and artists. 

Emoji: 🎹
Name:
Musical keyboard emoji
Meaning:
The musical keyboard emoji represents a keyboard and various styles of piano and is mainly used by pianists. 

Emoji: 🥁
Name:
Drum emoji
Meaning:
The drum emoji is most commonly used to represent a drum roll when someone has something exciting or big news to share. 

Emoji: 🪘
Name:
Long drum emoji
Meaning:
The long drum emoji is representative of music, instruments and celebrations. It is often used when talking about tribal or indigenous music. 

Emoji: 🎷
Name:
Saxophone emoji
Meaning:
The saxophone emoji is often used when talking about jazz and having a night out on the town. 

Emoji: 🎺
Name:
Trumpet emoji
Meaning:
The trumpet emoji symbolizes the instrument and the type of people who like to play or listen to trumpet or jazz music. 

Emoji: 🪗
Name:
Accordion emoji
Meaning:
The accordion emoji is used when talking about a specific type of music or music in general. It may also be used when talking about expanding and contracting. 

Emoji: 🎸
Name:
Guitar emoji
Meaning:
The guitar emoji depicts an electric guitar is is most commonly used in reference to live music and concerts. 

Emoji: 🪕
Name:
Banjo emoji
Meaning:
The banjo emoji can symbolize any type of music, but more specifically, folk, bluegrass or country music.  

Emoji: 🎻
Name:
Violin emoji
Meaning:
The violin emoji depicts one of the most popular classical instruments and often acts as the representative of classical music within the emojis. 

Emoji: 🎲
Name:
Game die/dice emoji
Meaning:
The game die or dice emoji is typically used when discussing games that require dice or gambling. It can also be used when talking about luck or taking a chance. 

Emoji:
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Chess pawn emoji
Meaning:
The chess pawn emoji is most often used when referring to chess but can also be used when someone is being smart or in reference to pop culture moments like The Queen’s Gambit. 

Emoji: 🎯
Name:
Bullseye emoji
Meaning:
The bullseye emoji can represent darts, but it is more commonly used to describe someone's accuracy in a situation. 

Emoji: 🎮
Name:
Video game controller emoji
Meaning:
The video game controller emoji is most often used by people who play video games, review games or like to watch people play video games. 

Emoji: 🎰
Name:
Slot machine emoji
Meaning:
The slot machine emoji represents all things casino and gambling. It can be used to showcase fun but also when things are getting a little out of control. 

Emoji: 🧩
Name:
Puzzle piece emoji
Meaning:
The puzzle piece emoji can represent the act of working on a puzzle but can also be used when discussing a tricky situation or even when someone completes you (like the last piece of a puzzle). 

Other Activity Emojis

Emoji: 🏆
Name:
Trophy emoji
Meaning:
The trophy emoji is most popularly used when someone is a winner or they do something extremely impressive and rewarding. 

Emoji: 🥇
Name:
Gold medal emoji
Meaning:
The gold medal emoji is reserved for first-place winners and can be used after accomplishing something great. 

Emoji: 🥈
Name:
Silver medal emoji
Meaning:
The silver medal emoji represents someone who was close to being first but didn’t quite make it. It can also be used when referring to something as ‘mid’. 

Emoji: 🥉
Name:
Bronze medal emoji
Meaning:
The bronze medal emoji is typically used to represent those who tried their best or came in third place. 

Emoji: 🏅
Name:
Sports medal emoji
Meaning:
The sports medal emoji is a generic emoji that can be used when talking about winners of any sport. 

Emoji: 🎖
Name:
Military medal emoji
Meaning:
The military medal can be used to honor heroic acts or an overly impressive achievement. 

Emoji: 🎗
Name:
Reminder ribbon emoji
Meaning:
The reminder ribbon emoji is most often used in support or awareness of certain causes, charities or social issues. 

Emoji: 🎫
Name:
Ticket emoji
Meaning:
The ticket emoji is typically used when sharing content about an event or experience that requires a ticket, such as a concert or show. 

Emoji: 🎟
Name:
Admission ticket emoji
Meaning:
The admission ticket emoji is most often used in reference to events that require tickets like fairs or carnivals. 

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