emoticon

noun
emo·ti·con | \ i-ˈmō-ti-ˌkän \

Definition of emoticon 

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

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Twitter feeds quickly filled with teary, wailing GIFs and heart emoticons cracked in two — pithy punctuation about anemic 401(k) accounts being whittled down to wisps. Tiffany Hsu, New York Times, "For Millennial Investors, a Harsh Lesson in Market Gyrations," 7 Feb. 2018 In the aftermath, some Facebook executives have taken to Twitter for a public charm offensive, sending pithy phrases and emoticons to reporters who cover the company. Sheera Frenkel And Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Facebook Employees in an Uproar Over Executive’s Leaked Memo," 30 Mar. 2018 Read more: One of the early digital visuals was the emoticon, a pictorial representation of a facial expression more commonly known as smiley faces. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Smartphones ushering in a language of punctuation marks, symbols and animated pictures," 2 Nov. 2017 By the 1990s, the Japanese turned the sideways emoticon into a single character, now known as an emoji, and a bunch of symbols. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Smartphones ushering in a language of punctuation marks, symbols and animated pictures," 2 Nov. 2017 Podcasts, film clips, emoticons, and emojis are the new pictographs of an increasingly illiterate public. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Status Quo Blues," 17 Oct. 2017 Overuse of fancy fonts, colors, and emoticons turned plenty of AIM profiles into crimes against graphic design. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Saying goodbye to the proto-social network of AOL Instant Messenger," 8 Oct. 2017 But all are united in their waxing nostalgic about the golden days of Buddy Lists, emoticons, and pointless chats with SmarterChild. Andrea Park, Glamour, "AIM Is Shutting Down and the Internet Has a Lot of Feelings About It," 6 Oct. 2017 But all are united in their waxing nostalgic about the golden days of Buddy Lists, emoticons, and pointless chats with SmarterChild. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "AIM Is Shutting Down, Internet Mourns," 6 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of emoticon

1987, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for emoticon

emotion + icon

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The first known use of emoticon was in 1987

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emoticon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of emoticon

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

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