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Quiz: Guess the Meanings of These 10 Emojis

There are 2,666 emojis, so don’t be surprised if you don’t know them all. What you may be surprised to find out is that you might be using common emojis in the wrong way!

Of course, a basic understanding of emojis is important beyond your own emoji use—it can play a role in ensuring your kids are using smartphones and social media safely. If you need assistance in monitoring your child’s social media and online activity, try one or all of the five best monitoring apps currently available.

So, find out how many of these commonly used emojis you know the intended meaning of with these ten questions. Then test your children’s knowledge, and see how social media savvy you and your kids are (or are not)! You can read the meaning of each emoji in the answer list below the quiz.

Click on “Answer” to see the correct emoji meaning and learn more.

emoji with lips pursed





Duck Face? Kissy Face. Just like the more commonly used “kissy face,” but without the heart.

four red curved lines emoji





Veins popping in someone who is very angry. It’s used in Manga comics, and is also used to show that a punch has landed.

red face with horns emoji





Japanese Ogre. Specifically, Namahage, an ogre from Japanese folklore who wards off evil spirits from homes.

emoji with no mouth





Silence. Don’t have anything nice to say? Don’t say anything at all.

face with water drop out above mouth emoji





Sleepy Face. That’s right—the water droplet is a representation of drool, a popular anime/manga iconography that denotes sleep.

large eyes and open mouth emoji





Hushed or someone who is being quiet. Make the “shh” sound, and it might make more sense.

black eye emoji





It is called “I Am a Witness,” and is meant to be used by someone who has observed cyber bullying. Because teens generally have trouble calling each other out, developers felt that this could be a more peaceful substitute.

victory sign emoji





Victory hand. Although it’s commonly recognized as the peace sign, the traditional meaning symbolizes a “V” for victory.

person with hands in front emoji





Sign of Respect/Apology. A person bowing deeply which is known as dogeza in Japan.

two hands pressed together emoji





Express an apology or gratitude. This is a Japanese representation, but can mean praying in other cultures. Trick question!
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Brittany Marklin

Brittany Marklin is a contributing writer for Learning Liftoff and a community manager for K12. She coordinates all K12 student contests and connects with families who pursue online education. She attended George Mason University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, with a minor in tourism and events management. Brittany spent her first five years at K12 on the social media team where she aided with content and strategy for multiple channels, and helped construct K12’s user-generated content site, “What’s Your Story?” When she’s not working, Brittany loves spending time with her husband and daughter in North Carolina.

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Quiz: Guess the Meanings of These 10 Emojis

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