What Does X_X Mean in a Text?

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The Quick Answer

X_X is an icon showing a dead person's face.

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An X or + has long been used in cartoons for the eyes of dead people. (See also +_+.) When used online, X_X does not usually mean "dead" however. It usually means something like "I wish I were dead," "I'm so embarrassed," or "I'm gutted."

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When I write X_X, I mean this:

meaning of X_X

X and + have long been used for the eyes of dead people in cartoons.

Summary of Key Points

Definition for X_X

X_X means "Dead," but it is also used to mean "embarrassed" or "gutted." This is the most common definition for X_X in texting and on messaging apps like Instagram and TikTok.
Definition:Dead, Embarrassed, or Gutted
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of X_X in Sentences

Here are examples of X_X in conversations:
  • Charlie: Is it true you froze up during your interview?
  • Jordan: Yes, X_X
  • Tony: X_X
  • Jordan: What's the matter?
  • Tony: My mum just found my "special magazine" collection!

An Academic Look at X_X

X_X is classified as an icon. In other words, it is a symbol that represents something.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "I wish a hole would swallow me up" or "kill me now" instead of X_X.

Example of X_X Used in a Text

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