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A facial glyph, used especially in email, texts, and instant messages and sometimes typed sideways, that indicates an emotion or attitude, as [ :-) ] to indicate delight, humor, or irony or [ :'( ] to indicate sadness.
(Telecommunications) any of several combinations of symbols used in electronic mail and text messaging to indicate the state of mind of the writer, such as :-) to express happiness
[C20: from emot(ion) + icon]
Computers. an abbreviation or icon used on a network, as IMHO for “in my humble opinion” or:-), a sideways representation of a smiling face, to indicate amusement.
1. An arrangement of typed characters used, when read sideways, to represent an emotion or state of mind, such as :-) symbolizing a smiling face.
2. A group of typed characters that resemble a facial expression. The most common is “:-)” – which resembles a smiling face tipped on its side.
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|Noun||1.||emoticon - a representation of a facial expression (as a smile or frown) created by typing a sequence of characters in sending email; ":-( and :-) are emoticons"|
smiley - an emoticon of a smiling face