emoticon


emo·ti·con

noun \i-ˈmō-ti-ˌkän\

: a group of keyboard characters that are used to represent a facial expression (such as a smile or frown)

Full Definition of EMOTICON

:  a group of keyboard characters (as :-)) that typically represents a facial expression or suggests an attitude or emotion and that is used especially in computerized communications (as e-mail)

Origin of EMOTICON

emotion + icon
First Known Use: 1987

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