Emoji Glossary

People Emoji Meanings 👶

Next to Smileys emojis, People emojis are naturally some of the most used in the catalog. While it hasn’t always been this way, emoji developers have worked hard to diversify the types of people emojis available to users. There is still a long way to go, but almost every emoji is customizable based on skin color, gender and more. This level of customization makes it crucial to know exactly what the emoji means. 

To make things easier, we’ve broken up the main people emojis into these four categories: 

  • People emoji meanings
  • Family and friends emoji meanings
  • More people emoji meanings
  • Body part emoji meanings

Classic People Emoji Meanings

Emoji: 👶
Name:
Baby emoji
Meaning:
The baby emoji not only depicts a baby itself but also innocence and purity. 

Emoji: 👼
Name:
Angel emoji
Meaning:
The angel emoji has many different uses, specifically related to loss, hope and innocence. 

Emoji: 👧🧒👦
Name:
Child emoji
Meaning:
This emoji represents a young girl, child and boy. 

Emoji: 👩🧑👨
Name:
Adult emoji
Meaning:
This classic emoji depicts a standard adult woman, person and man.

Emoji: 👩‍🦱🧑‍🦱👨‍🦱
Name:
Curly-haired person emoji
Meaning:
This emoji is for people who have or are talking about someone with curly hair. 

Emoji: 👩‍🦰🧑‍🦰👨‍🦰
Name:
Red-haired person emoji
Meaning:
This emoji is for people who have or are talking about someone with red hair. 

Emoji: 👱‍♀️👱👱‍♂️
Name:
Blonde-haired person emoji
Meaning:
This emoji is for people who have or are talking about someone with blonde hair. 

Emoji: 👩‍🦳🧑‍🦳👨‍🦳
Name:
White-haired person emoji
Meaning:
This emoji is for people who have or are talking about someone with white hair. 

Emoji: 👩‍🦲🧑‍🦲👨‍🦲
Name:
Bald person emoji
Meaning:
This emoji is for people talking about someone bald or bald themselves.

Emoji: 🧔‍♀️🧔🧔‍♂️
Name:
Person with beard emoji
Meaning:
This emoji is for people who have or are talking about someone with a beard. 

Emoji: 👵🧓👴
Name:
Older person emoji
Meaning:
This emoji is representative of the older generation. 

Emoji: 🤰🫄🫃
Name:
Pregnant person emoji
Meaning:
The pregnant person emoji is for people trying to get pregnant or talking about someone who is. It is also sometimes used when people want to portray being ‘full’. 

Emoji: 👩‍🍼🧑‍🍼👨‍🍼
Name:
Person feeding baby emoji
Meaning:
This emoji depicts a person cradling and feeding a baby. 

Emoji: 🙇‍♀️🙇🙇‍♂️
Name:
Bowing emoji
Meaning:
The bowing emoji is typically used when asking a favor or thanking someone. 

Emoji: 💁‍♀️💁💁‍♂️
Name:
Tipping hand emoji
Meaning:
The tipping hand emoji is most commonly used to showcase an ‘attitude’ or to mimic a hair flip. 

Emoji: 🙅‍♀️🙅🙅‍♂️
Name:
Gesturing no emoji
Meaning:
This emoji typically represents a ‘hard no’ when someone dislikes or wants to do something. 

Emoji: 🙆‍♀️🙆🙆‍♂️
Name:
Gesturing ok emoji
Meaning:
The gesturing ok emoji is a casual way of saying you’re interested or okay with something.

Emoji: 🙋‍♀️🙋🙋‍♂️
Name:
Raising hand emoji
Meaning:
This emoji is typically used when someone has a question or wants to add or say something. 

Emoji: 🧏‍♀️🧏🧏‍♂️
Name:
Deaf person emoji
Meaning:
This emoji can be used to either let someone know you are deaf or to refer to someone who is. 

Emoji: 🤦‍♀️🤦🤦‍♂️
Name:
Facepalming emoji
Meaning:
The facepalming emoji is ideal for expressing embarrassment, awkwardness, or disbelief when things go awry. 

Emoji: 🤷‍♀️🤷🤷‍♂️
Name:
Shrug emoji
Meaning:
The shrug emoji represents not being sure about something or not knowing what to say. 

Emoji: 🙎‍♀️🙎🙎‍♂️
Name:
Person pouting emoji
Meaning:
This emoji represents someone being sad. 

Emoji: 🙍‍♀️🙍🙍‍♂️
Name:
Person frowning emoji
Meaning:
Similar to the pouting emoji, the frowning emoji is another option for people to use when they are sad or upset.

Emoji: 💇‍♀️💇💇‍♂️
Name:
Haircut emoji
Meaning:
The haircut emoji shows that you’re getting a haircut or that you or someone else needs one. 

Emoji: 💆‍♀️💆💆‍♂️
Name:
Head Massage emoji
Meaning:
The massage emoji relates to either getting a massage or needing one. 

Emoji: 🧖‍♀️🧖🧖‍♂️
Name:
Person in steamy room
Meaning:
This emoji is commonly used to represent relaxation at a spa or a similar serene setting. 

Emoji: 💃🕺
Name:
Dancer emoji
Meaning:
The dancer emoji is often used to express excitement about parties or events that feature dancing and fun.

Emoji: 🕴
Name:
Man in business suit levitating emoji
Meaning:
Also known as Walt Jabsco, this emoji is the symbol for an exclamation mark in the style of the rude boy logo found on records by The Specials.

Emoji: 👩‍🦽🧑‍🦽👨‍🦽
Name:
Person in manual wheelchair emoji
Meaning:
An emoji for those using or talking about someone who uses a manual wheelchair. 

Emoji: 👩‍🦼🧑‍🦼👨‍🦼
Name:
Person in motorized wheelchair emoji
Meaning:
An emoji for those using or talking about someone who uses a motorized wheelchair. 

Emoji: 🚶‍♀️🚶🚶‍♂️
Name:
Walking emoji
Meaning:
The walking emoji is typically used to represent someone walking away, whether they are literally going for a walk or metaphorically leaving a conversation.

Emoji: 👩‍🦯🧑‍🦯👨‍🦯
Name:
Walking with probing cane emoji
Meaning:
This emoji is representative of those who use a probing cane while walking. 

Emoji: 🧎‍♀️🧎🧎‍♂️
Name:
Kneeling emoji
Meaning:
Similar to the bowing emoji, the kneeling emoji is often used when asking for favors or thanking someone for something they have done. 

Emoji: 🏃‍♀️🏃🏃‍♂️
Name:
Running emoji
Meaning:
Just like the walking emoji, the running emoji represents actually running or running away from a problem or conversation.

Emoji: 🧍‍♀️🧍🧍‍♂️
Name:
Standing emoji
Meaning:
The standing emoji is often used by people in scenarios where the person feels awkward or uncomfortable. 

Emoji: 🗣
Name:
Speaking head in silhouette emoji
Meaning:
This emoji is used to portray yelling something or yelling at someone. 

Emoji: 👤
Name:
Bust in silhouette emoji
Meaning:
This emoji represents a person in silhouette. 

Emoji: 👥
Name:
Busts in silhouette emoji
Meaning:
Like the previous emoji, this emoji represents two people in silhouette.

Emoji: 🫂
Name:
People hugging emoji
Meaning:
This emoji depicts two people hugging each other.

Family and Friend Emoji Meanings

Emoji: 👯‍♀️👯👯‍♂️
Name:
Dancers with bunny ears emoji
Meaning:
The dancers with bunny ears emoji is typically used when friends are getting together or portraying being together and having fun. 

Emoji: 👫👭👬
Name:
Holding hands emoji
Meaning:
This emoji can be representative of friends or couples holding hands. 

Emoji: 👩‍❤️‍👨💑👩‍❤️‍👩👨‍❤️‍👨
Name:
Couple with heart emoji
Meaning:
This emoji depicts love between two people. 

Emoji: 💏👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨👨‍❤️‍💋‍👨
Name:
Couple kiss emoji
Meaning:
This emoji depicts two people kissing. 

Emoji: 👨‍👩‍👦👨‍👩‍👧👪👨‍👨‍👧👨‍👨‍👦👩‍👩‍👧👩‍👩‍👦
Name:
Family with one child emoji
Meaning:
This emoji is representative of all types of families that have one child. 

Emoji: 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👨‍👩‍👦‍👦👨‍👩‍👧‍👧👨‍👨‍👦‍👦👨‍👨‍👧‍👧👩‍👩‍👦‍👦👩‍👩‍👧‍👧👨‍👨‍👧‍👦👩‍👩‍👧‍👦
Name:
Family with two children emoji
Meaning:
This emoji is representative of all types of families that have two children. 

Emoji: 👩‍👧👩‍👦👨‍👧👨‍👦
Name:
Single parent, single child emoji
Meaning:
This emoji is representative of a single-parent family with one child. 

Emoji: 👨‍👧‍👦👩‍👧‍👦👨‍👧‍👧👩‍👦‍👦👩‍👧‍👧👨‍👦‍👦
Name:
Single parent, two children emoji
Meaning:
This emoji represents a single-parent family with two children. 

More People Emoji Meanings

Emoji: 👲
Name:
Man with gua pi mao emoji
Meaning:
This emoji depicts a man wearing a gua pi mao, a traditional Chinese hat also known as a skullcap.

Emoji: 👳‍♀️👳👳‍♂️
Name:
Woman/person/man wearing turban emoji
Meaning:
This emoji displays a person, woman or man wearing a turban.

Emoji: 🧕
Name:
Person with headscarf emoji
Meaning:
This emoji depicts a person wearing a headscarf or hijab which is traditionally worn by Muslim women. 

Emoji: 👮‍♀️👮👮‍♂️
Name:
Cop emoji
Meaning:
The cop emoji is most typically used when talking to or about cops and other law enforcement entities. 

Emoji: 👷‍♀️👷👷‍♂️
Name:
Construction worker emoji
Meaning:
The construction worker emoji is the most popular to use when talking about any type of construction and physical labor. 

Emoji: 💂‍♀️💂💂‍♂️
Name:
Guardsman emoji
Meaning:
The guardsman emoji is closely associated with themes of royalty, particularly in the UK, and is frequently used in discussions related to these topics. 

Emoji: 🕵️‍♀️🕵️🕵️‍♂️
Name:
Detective emoji
Meaning:
The detective emoji is popularly used when someone is either planning to find out information or has already located what they were intending to find. 

Emoji: 👩‍⚕️🧑‍⚕️👨‍⚕️
Name:
Healthcare worker emoji
Meaning:
The healthcare worker emoji is used to portray all different types of healthcare workers including nurses and doctors. 

Emoji: 👩‍🌾🧑‍🌾👨‍🌾
Name:
Farmer emoji
Meaning:
The farmer emoji is most commonly used as a part of conversations surrounding agriculture, fresh produce and farming in general.  

Emoji: 👩‍🍳🧑‍🍳👨‍🍳
Name:
Chef emoji
Meaning:
The cook emoji depicts a chef in their natural element. This emoji is most commonly used when someone either is a chef or makes food that makes them feel like one. 

Emoji: 👩‍🎓🧑‍🎓👨‍🎓
Name:
Student emoji
Meaning:
The student emoji represents learners at all stages of their educational journey and is commonly used in discussions specifically about graduation.

Emoji: 👩‍🎤🧑‍🎤👨‍🎤
Name:
Singer emoji
Meaning:
The singer emoji depicts a David Bowie-type style and is used by singers and performers alike when promoting or sharing performance details.  

Emoji: 👩‍🏫🧑‍🏫👨‍🏫
Name:
Teacher emoji
Meaning:
The teacher emoji is most typically used by teachers or in conversations related to school and schoolwork. 

Emoji: 👩‍🏭🧑‍🏭👨‍🏭
Name:
Factory worker emoji
Meaning:
The factory worker emoji is commonly used in conversations about production, manufacturing, and engineering, highlighting its relevance to these industries.

Emoji: 👩‍💻🧑‍💻👨‍💻
Name:
Technologist emoji
Meaning:
The technologist emoji depicts a person on their computer and is typically used by those who work with or on computers. 

Emoji: 👩‍💼🧑‍💼👨‍💼
Name:
Office worker emoji
Meaning:
This emoji is often used when someone wants to convey a professional and businesslike demeanor.

Emoji: 👩‍🔧🧑‍🔧👨‍🔧
Name:
Mechanic emoji
Meaning:
The mechanic emoji is versatile, used across various industries and job roles, and is typically associated with discussions about work and labor.

Emoji: 👩‍🔬🧑‍🔬👨‍🔬
Name:
Scientist emoji
Meaning:
The scientist emoji is most appropriately used when talking about experiments and research. It can also be used when you try something out and it works (or doesn’t). 

Emoji: 👩‍🎨🧑‍🎨👨‍🎨
Name:
Artist emoji
Meaning:
The artist emoji is used most in relation to many types of art, even those beyond painting which is what is directly depicted in the emoji.

Emoji: 👩‍🚒🧑‍🚒👨‍🚒
Name:
Firefighter emoji
Meaning:
The firefighter emoji is commonly used in discussions about heroism, fires, and firefighting scenarios. It may also appear in conversations aimed at defusing tense situations.

Emoji: 👩‍✈️🧑‍✈️👨‍✈️
Name:
Pilot emoji
Meaning:
The pilot emoji is often used alongside various airplane emojis to discuss topics related to travel.

Emoji: 👩‍🚀🧑‍🚀👨‍🚀
Name:
Astronaut emoji
Meaning:
This emoji is popularly used when talking about pop culture related to space and space related news. 

Emoji: 👩‍⚖️🧑‍⚖️👨‍⚖️
Name:
Judge emoji
Meaning:
The judge emoji is used when talking about anything related to court. It can also be used when someone is sharing something they want an unbiased, real opinion on. 

Emoji: 👰‍♀️👰👰‍♂️
Name:
Person with veil emoji
Meaning:
This emoji depicts what is seen as a typical ‘bride’ on their wedding day when paired with the person with a tuxedo emoji. 

Emoji: 🤵‍♀️🤵🤵‍♂️
Name:
Person with tuxedo emoji
Meaning:
Associated with the person wearing a veil emoji, the tuxedo emoji is commonly used to symbolize marriage or to express the idea of dressing formally for special events.

Emoji: 👸🫅🤴
Name:
Princess/person with crown/prince emoji
Meaning:
This emoji is popular when talking about royal pop culture, but even more used when deeming someone to have princess or prince-like behaviour.

Emoji: 🥷
Name:
Ninja emoji
Meaning:
The ninja emoji is designed to represent stealth, skill, and secrecy, and is typically used to describe someone who embodies these qualities.

Emoji: 🦸‍♀️🦸🦸‍♂
Name: Superhero emoji
Meaning:
The superhero emoji is most often used when someone does something amazing and superhero-like. 

Emoji: 🦹‍♀️🦹🦹‍♂️
Name:
Supervillain emoji
Meaning:
Contrasting with the superhero emoji, the supervillain emoji is ideally suited for scenarios that involve mischievous or 'evil' actions.

Emoji: 🤶🧑‍🎄🎅
Name:
Mrs. Claus/Mx. Claus/Santa
Meaning:
This classic emoji enjoys a surge in popularity around Christmas, serving as a festive symbol to spread holiday cheer. 

Emoji: 🧙‍♀️🧙🧙‍♂️
Name:
Mage emoji
Meaning:
The mage emoji is typically used in reference to media and witch-related things, but it is also used frequently when someone does something viewed as magical. 

Emoji: 🧝‍♀️🧝🧝‍♂️
Name:
Elf emoji
Meaning:
This magical creature is usually used in reference to pop culture moments and other fantasy related content. 

Emoji: 🧌
Name:
Troll emoji
Meaning:
Though this emoji depicts the fantasy creature, it is more often used to refer to internet trolls or people who are ‘trolling’. 

Emoji: 🧛‍♀️🧛🧛‍♂️
Name:
Vampire emoji
Meaning:
This emoji is often used to portray a dark and mysterious mood, especially when partnering with the mouth emoji to mimic a vampire bite. 

Emoji: 🧟‍♀️🧟🧟‍♂️
Name:
Zombie emoji
Meaning:
The zombie emoji is primarily associated with horror and the undead. It is also frequently used by individuals to represent themselves when they're feeling less than their best, capturing a sense of exhaustion or weariness.

Emoji: 🧞‍♀️🧞🧞‍♂️
Name:
Genie emoji
Meaning:
The genie emoji depicts a supernatural being known for its ability to grant wishes. As such, it's often used when someone is expressing a desire or making a request.

Emoji: 🧜‍♀️🧜🧜‍♂️
Name:
Mermaid/merperson/merman emoji
Meaning:
This emoji typically appears in mystical conversations about the ocean, swimming and even beauty. 

Emoji: 🧚‍♀️🧚🧚‍♂️
Name:
Fairy emoji
Meaning:
The fairy emoji depicts the magical humanoid creature found in myths and fantasy. This emoji is typically associated with stories and literature. 

Body Part Emoji Meanings

Emoji: 💪🦾
Name:
Muscle/mechanical arm emoji
Meaning:
Beyond working out, the muscle and bionic arm emoji is typically used when someone does or says something that makes them feel literally or figuratively strong. It can also be used as ‘flexing’ on someone. 

Emoji: 🦶
Name:
Foot emoji
Meaning:
The foot emoji is versatile in its meaning, but it is commonly used to denote activities that involve walking or kicking.

Emoji: 💅  
Name:
Nail care emoji
Meaning:
The nail care emoji is a feminine emoji usually associated with ‘girly’ activities and content, alongside anything actually related to nails. 

Emoji: 🤳
Name:
Selfie emoji
Meaning:
The selfie emoji, showing an arm taking a selfie, is typically used when someone is either about to take a selfie or is sharing one.

Emoji: 🦵🦿
Name:
Leg/mechanical leg emoji
Meaning:
Similar to the foot emoji, the leg and mechanical leg emojis relate mostly to walking and any other activities that require the use of your legs. 

Emoji: 💋
Name:
Kiss emoji
Meaning:
The lipstick kiss emoji is used as a sign of affection. This emoji can also be used as a cheeky sign-off to a post or text. 

Emoji: 👄
Name:
Lips emoji
Meaning:
The lips emoji is most commonly used in reference to makeup and beauty products, or paired with the eye emoji to create a playful face.

Emoji: 🫦
Name:
Biting lips emoji
Meaning:
The biting lip emoji is a flirty choice, often used to suggest enjoyment or appreciation of something.

Emoji: 🦷
Name:
Tooth emoji
Meaning:
The tooth emoji is frequently used when discussing dental issues or visits to the dentist. 

Emoji: 👅
Name:
Tongue emoji
Meaning:
The tongue emoji is most often when someone wants to lick something or see food that looks particularly tasty.  

Emoji: 👂🦻
Name:
Ear/with hearing aid emoji
Meaning:
The ear emoji is most commonly used when someone wants to show that they are listening or listening especially closely.

Emoji: 👃
Name:
Nose emoji
Meaning:
The nose emoji is most often used in relation to smelling things or even when someone has a stuffy nose. 

Emoji: 👣
Name:
Footprints emoji
Meaning:
This emoji can be used to show that you may be walking somewhere or that you’ve been there. 

Emoji: 👁
Name:
Eye emoji
Meaning:
The eye emoji portrays a popular sentiment like ‘I’m watching you’ or ‘I’ve got my eye on you’ in a more subtle way. 

Emoji: 👀
Name:
Eyes emoji
Meaning:
The eyes emoji is one of the most popular, often used to signify interest in something or anticipation of a reaction to a surprising event.

Emoji: 🫀
Name:
Anatomical heart emoji
Meaning:
The anatomical heart emoji depicts a real heart for those who don’t find the other heart emoji variations to be enough. 

Emoji: 🫁
Name:
Lungs emoji
Meaning:
Like the heart emoji above, the lungs emoji is an anatomical version that users can use in relation to breathing or breathwork. 

Emoji: 🧠
Name:
Brain emoji
Meaning:
While the brain emoji clearly represents a human brain, it is also commonly used when people are sharing ideas or finding themselves on the same wavelength as another person. 

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