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2021 Emoji Slang: A Guide for Parents

by | Jul 2, 2020 | Kids and Technology, Parenting Tips

**This blog post was updated on May 28, 2021.**

You probably know some of the slang terms your child uses while texting, but you may be completely baffled by all of the emoji slang they use to chat with friends. But don’t worry — we’ve explained some of the most common emojis teens and tweens use so you can know what they’re actually saying. Warning: some of these can be a little 🌶️  (explained below). 

You can also download our shareable PDF in case you know someone who has just got to get up to speed on these inscrutable teen hieroglyphics, or even try text monitoring to get even more insights into your kid’s world. Note: This guide is meant to provide a broad overview because emojis can have multiple meanings and be used in many different ways.

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Popular Emoji Slang

  1. 🍆 — Penis
  2. 🥴 — Used to express drunkenness, sexual arousal, or a grimace
  3. 🍑 — Butt
  4. 🚛 — “Dump truck,” which refers to a large and/or shapely bottom
  5. 🌮 — Vagina
  6. 🤡 — Used when getting caught in a mistake or when feeling like a fraud
  7. 👻 — Indicates being “ghosted” (dumped with no explanation)
  8. 🧢 — Symbolizes a lie, which could also be called a “cap”
  9. 👉👈 — Shy, nervous (usually in the context of flirting)
  10. 🧠 — Oral sex
  11. 💦 — Ejaculation
  12. 👅 — May indicate sexual activity, especially oral sex
  13. ⏳ — Used when someone has an “hourglass” body shape
  14. 😈 — Feeling frisky or naughty
  15. 👁️ 👄 👁️ — A response that means, “It is what it is”
  16.  🧚‍♀️✨— Can be used in comments to denote a sarcastic, mean-spirited tone
  17. 🍃 — Marijuana/weed
  18. 🤤 — Desiring someone sexually (often used in response to nudes)
  19. 🍒Breasts/testicles/virginity
  20. 🍝 — Represents nudes, which are often called “noods”
  21. 👀 — Used when sending or receiving nudes
  22. 💯 A stamp of approval; “I agree”
  23. 🔨 — Used to refer to sexual activity
  24. 🌶️ — Indicates “spiciness,” i.e., inappropriate or risque content


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