What Does :'( Mean?

:'( means "Crying" or "Sad". This icon is typically used after receiving sad news. When typed, the colon represents eyes, the apostrophe represents a tear, and the open-bracket represents a sad mouth. Similar icons to this icon include:

Summary of Key Points

"Crying" is the most common definition for :'( on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Definition:Crying or Sad
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

Image for :'(

When I write :'(, I mean this:

crying icon
This icon means "Crying".


Examples of :'( in Sentences

Here are examples of :'( being used in conversations:
  • Nurse: Don't be alarmed. We've removed your legs, but there's good news: that guy wants to buy your sneakers.
  • Tony: :'(.
  • Wife: I've bought you some Viagra to test.
  • Husband: Excellent! Let's give it a go.
  • Wife: It's just to stop you rolling out of bed.
  • Husband: :'(.

An Academic Look at :'(

:'( is classified as an icon because it is a pictorial representation.

What Did We Use To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "I feel so sad" or "I am heartbroken" instead of :'(.

Example of :'( Used in a Text


See Also

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