90 Really Useful Texting Symbols

In today’s era where everyone is in a rush, no one has time to even text a full message, that is why texting symbols are used a lot of the time. And the other reason for huge popularity of Texting Symbols are used, is its a thing of today’s generation and not everyone can understand the symbols. Unfortunately, a lot of older people out there are not familiar with the new and hip lingo that teenagers are using to express themselves in these text messages. That’s why we are going to show you some of the most really useful texting symbols out there that are commonly used when sending and receiving text messages.

But there are so many texting symbols that its difficult to remember all of these. Today we are showing you most popular symbols used along with their meaning. However, you can refer back to this list any time you want. Over time, you will have these embedded in your memory and won’t have to come back to this list.

SYMBOL Meaning SYMBOL Meaning
8:] A Gorilla -:-) Punk
>>: -) A Klingon (((((:-{= Rave Dude
A love heart:-#Razes
[:] A Robot :-C Real Unhappy
@}–\-,— A rose :-)) Really Happy
> A Turkey # XD Really hard laugh
:<> Amazed ([( Robocop
O :-) An angel [:] Robot
o:-) Angel smiley :-( Sad
:-ll Angry :( Sad Turtle
>:-@! Angry and swearing :-d Said with a smile
>: – ( Angry, yet sad :-y Said with a Smile variation
:-o Appalled :-9 Salivating
:-X Biggy sloppy kiss M:-) Saluting
:-* Bitter <|:o)> Santa Claus
:-o zz Bored :-> Sarcastic
:^) Broken nose :-\ Sceptical
:-E Buck-toothed Vampire :-@ Screaming
******@* Cenitpede wearing a sombrero $__$ Sees Money
:-< Cheated :-( ) Shocked
*:-) Clown : @ or :-(0) Shouting
%-) Confused .:O Singing
%-( Confused and unhappy ~:-P Single Hair4
d8:) Cool Guy |-I Sleeping
>: -| Cross ZZZZ Sleeping or bored
:’-( Crying :-x Small Kiss
:’-D Crying with laughter :-) Smiling
:-| Determined :-)= Smiling with a beard
3:-) Develish smile :-)8 Smiling with bow tie
:e Disappointed d:-) Smiling with cap
o-&-< Doing nothing &:-) Smiling with curls
: – )… Drooling 8-) Smiling with glasses
:-)….. Drooling face {:-) Smiling with hair
:*) Drunk smiling face (:-) Smiling with helmet
5:-) Elvis Presley C|:-) Smiling with top hat
>8-D Evil crazed laughter [:-) Smiling with walkman
&:-) From a person with curly hair :-? Smoking a pipe
#:-) From a person with matted hair ~~~~8} Snake
|-) Getting tired, asleep |-O Snoring
8:-) Glasses on head /\(00)/\ Spider
: – D Grinning :-( <| Standing Firm
:’ ) Happy and crying 8-) Sunglasses face
:-0 hbtu 0-: Happy birthday to you :-<> or :-O Surprised/shocked
:-~) Having a cold :-) Sweating
:-, Hmmmm…, smirking :-0 Talkative
XOXOXO Hugs & Kisses :-v Talking
O-S-< In a hurry :-S Talking Gibberish
%-} Intoxicated :-w Talking with two tongues
:-* Kiss :-)— Thin as a Pin
:-D Laughter T+ Think positive
:-{} Lip stick ^ Thumbs Up
Love Heart:-PTongue in cheek
X-( Mad :-& Tongue tied
&-l Makes Me Cry *!#*!^*&:- Total Head Case
:-(*) Makes Me Sick }:-( Toupee blowing in the wind
:-S Makes No Sense ;-) Twinkle (Wink)
@|-) Meditating Smiley :=) Two noses
#:-) Messy Hair Y! Typical Man
8(:-) Mickey Mouse X! Typical Woman
<:-| Monk / Nun =A4 Uncle Sam
:-{ Mustache :-c Unhappy
{:-{)} Mustache and Beard >:-( Very angry
:-# My Lips Are Sealed :-)) Very Happy
(-) Needs Haircut @:-) Wearing a turban
:-|/:-I No face/poker face :-1 Whatever
):-( Nordic :-“ Whistling
:/) Not Amused ;-) Winking variation
8-O Omigod! #-) Wiped out, partied all night
:o Ooooh!!”, shocked 8<:-) Wizard
:=) Orangutan :-)8 Woman
8> Penguin :~) Wondering
:-? Pensive :-O Wow
:^) Personality ,-} Wry and Winking
3:] Pet Dog :8) Pig
:—) Pinnochio +<:-) Pope
P-( Pirate **** Pop Corn
3:[ Pitbull :-< Pointy Mustache
(:::X:::) Plaster /Elastoplast O-G-< Pointing to self
:-t Pouting :-7 Wry Face
+:-) Priest l-O Yawning
;~[ Prizefighter |^o Yawning or Snoring variation
X:-) Propeller Head :-(0) Yelling
?-) Proud of black eye $-) Yuppi
! I have a comment Z% Zoo
*$ Starbucks ?^ I have a question
,!!!! Talk to the hand @+ At Plus

As you can see, there are a ton of texting symbols out there. This can be an intimidating list at first, but you will slowly get the hang of it. Eventually, you will have all of these texting symbols memorized and you can use them on the fly or know what each symbol means whenever you receive a text from someone. Now, get to texting and have a great time using these texting symbols.

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  • Some are kind of <bak err I mean redundant… ;-S

  • ashley

    i <3 it lol

  • Myname

    T.T = glaring
    U forgot.
    And abreviations like

    • bubbaluver

      Ur a total dip>;)

  • Thanks those will help me when i chat in facebook or messengers…will those all available in everywhere..or show everywhere?

  • james

    what does lol mean?

    • rebeca

      laugh out load

    • Lorraine

      I was hoping everyone knew that!

  • Jenna

    Either laugh out loud or lots of love. Both are used but the mostly common one is laugh out loud.

  • Jack

    What does (T–T) mean?

    • Autumn


  • alex

    Means laughing out loud

  • Shan

    What does. #. Means when texting

    • Hannah

      you don’t usually use # when txting unless you’re talking about a number
      ex: give me her #
      but on social medias it’s usually a hashtag.

  • Greg

    What does ;* mean? My girlfriend always uses it and some people on face book.

    • Its like a kiss

    • Kayla

      it means like a kissing face

  • maegan

    ;* means a wink face and a kiss face

  • Sam

    What does >< mean?

  • Baby

    What does two x x mean if they have space?
    Example: x x
    Or :-) x x

  • osiris

    What does *.* mean?

  • terry sabree

    what does E.D.T.F. means?

  • Bk

    Laguth out load/ lots of love

  • ashely

    what does uefa mean in texting

  • Jai

    I’m gonna try this text. I don’t know all the symbols here. Thanks for the share.

  • Yeah

    Wat does :3 mean, I hav abunch of girls sayin dat

    • ….

      like a grin, imagine that turned where the “:” is ur eyes and the ‘3’ is ur smile, is basically a grin ;)

  • rusl

    just received six question marks each inside its own diamond– what does that mean? thx

  • janet

    Got a txt that had an =D in it. The closest I can find is that it means grinning…. Is that correct?

    • Autumn

      yea it’s a big smile

  • hailey

    What does >.< mean ?

  • Thanks for the comprehensive list of symbols. Works on most of the social platforms as-well.

  • Ben Stuart

    Great post subject, its amazing just how many text symbals can be made from a few different characters, when you think about it, it is a very clever idea, like another language.

  • Shan, I just noticed your question, in case you didn’t find your answer # means number, for example someone might write ‘can I have your #?’ to someone

  • Ben Stuart

    I just noticed the other questions in the comments I also did not notice earlier, so I know some of you may have your answers now, but just incase you do not, hailey, your comment above, the symbal is a face, like a surprised I would say, or shocked, or could even be embarrased, some people use the symbals in different ways.

  • idk

    what does .-. mean

    • Autumn

      IDK! I was trying to look for that too, glad i’m not the only one

  • robee

    What does a . Mean all by itself no other symbols just a pain old period


    • Kio

      Did you get an answer? I’m trying to figure that out myself

  • Flyman

    What does 😔 mean?

    • cindy

      I still don’t know what [] means

      • melisa

        Been trying to figure that one out forever!

  • Wawy

    What does two x x mean if they have space?
    Example: x x
    Or :-) x x

  • Nono

    What does :$ means please reply fast

  • Me

    What does “!” mean?

  • A

    What does ?=? mean?

  • Alison

    what does :3 mean

  • B

    what does ({}) mean?

    • Alicia

      It’s a hug. . . A guy friend told me this tonight.

    • Autumn

      LOL!!! OMG!!! that’s hilarious! even i know! How old are you?

  • Scot

    What does this mean :0)=+

  • Rosa

    what :++ means

  • rob

    What dose :$ mean

    • DENISE


  • Amarjit Sahay

    What does * symbol mean in texting?

  • emilyy

    What does (3 mean???

    • Marisol Huerta

      What does wut x??? means?

  • Tarun Jaitely

    Huge list of texting symbol. Didn’t knew about many of these.
    Thanks for sharing :)

  • A reason for huge popularity of Texting Symbols are used, is its a thing of today’s generation and not everyone can understand the symbols.

  • Martha

    What does # mean?

  • Sue

    What does &#34 mean

  • helen

    What does /) and /**) mean?

  • archibald whapcaplet

    what does the text symbol ({}) mean ?

  • James

    Why do people put …. After a letter or word or even a sentence

    • It means etc. etc. etc……

  • Rosemary Hastings

    What does 0_O :-X :-D :-$ mean

  • bob

    what about the symbol @-@

  • pigglets

    What does -.- mean? All my friends use it but I have no idea what it means.

  • Rexhugen

    (=’ :’)
    (,(” )(“)____¥____¥____¥

    • Bagwajikwe

      It has a figure of a bunny sitting down, and the underscore is for numbers in each section?

  • nadeemode

    -.- what does this mean?

  • Haley

    What does ;( and D; mean? A friend of mine uses those whenever we make plans that don’t work out, so it’ll go something like “I don’t think we can hang out today ;(” and it’s a little confusing.

  • terri

    what does /.\ mean

  • rick

    What does this face mean -.- can’t find it any where a girl put it in a text to me

  • JJay

    What does this symbol mean? :€ It was sent to me in a text and I have no idea what it means. Someone help please, thanks

  • What does ^^ mean?

  • Alycia

    Does anyone no what /.\ means I can’t figure it out??!?!?

    • Dexter

      It means time to have sex

  • albert mccutcheon

    What does the symbol :) mean

    • Nisha Patel

      It’s a smiley face.

      • Dexter

        Its a happy face

  • John

    What does :-):-)!!X mean

  • Letty

    What does (1/1). Mean this was sent in a text

  • Dexter

    Awesome share..

  • RS

    need expert help with this one… Its long…



    I typed it exactly has it was typed.

  • Joe

    What does this ‘ mean at the end of a text message?

  • Brigitte

    What is the symbol mean :a) with two dots above the a

  • Tom

    What do these mean?



    ? Thanks

  • Robert Dixon

    What does {()} mean?

  • Bailey

    What does .m. Mean?

  • Andrew

    What does ({})({}):):-p mean

  • .,

    what does a single comma , means in a text?

  • Julie

    What does (1/1) mean

  • Debra Gray

    what does .(). mean

  • M Bown

    What does the text symbol/code mean? TIA.