Unofficial Smiley Dictionary
(including Asian Smilies)

Welcome to "The Unofficial Smiley Dictionary"! You will find here a lot smilies. Smilies are often used in mails, articles or on irc, emails, webpages,... Surely you saw some of this signs when you surfed through the Internet. This signs are used to tell other persons how do you feel or how do you mean something. To "read" a smiley turn your head to the left and look at the symbols. Then you will see two eyes, a nose and a (often smiling) mouth. Try it and have fun!

Should you know some smilies you didn't find here so send me please a note. Thank you!

 :-o    Wow!                       :-c     Real unhappy
 :-|    Grim                       :-C     Just totally unbelieving
 := |   Baboon                     :-B     Drooling; also :|........ or :-O......
 :-v    Speaking                   :-,     Smirk
 :-V    Shout                      :-||    Anger
 :-w    Speak with forked tongue   :-)     Smiling
 :-r    Sticking tongue out        :-(     Frowning
 :-*    Oops!                      '-)     Wink
 :-T    Keeping a straight face    ;-)     Sardonic Incredulity
 :-D    Said with a smile          %-<|>   Drunk with laughter
 :-x    Kiss kiss                  :-"     Pursing lips
 :-[    Pouting                    :-#     My lips are sealed
 :-X    A big wet kiss!            :-P     Tongue hanging out in anticipation
 :-Y    A quiet aside              8-|     Eyes wide with surprise
 >-<    Absolutely livid!!         &-|     Tearful
 :*:    couple kissing eachother
 |-{    "Good Grief!"  (Charlie Brown?)
 :-}    "Thish wine tashted pretty good"
 8-]    "wow, maaan"
 8-O    "Omigod!!" (done after "rm -rf *" ?)
 :-,    "Hmmmm"
 |~(    "Someone just busted my nose"
 :^D    "Great! I like it!"
 B-D    "Serves you right, dummy!!"

 :-)   Your basic smiley  This smilie is used to inflect a sarcastic or
       joking statement since we can't hear voice inflection over Unix
 ;-)   Winky smiley  User just made a flirtatious and/or sarcastic remark
       More of a "don't hit me for what I just said" smiley
 :-(   Frowning smiley  User did not like that last statement or is upset
       or depressed about something
 :-I   Indifferent smiley  Better than a Frowning smilie but not quite as
       good as a happy smiley
 :->   User just made a really biting sarcastic remark  Worse than a :-)
 >:->  User just made a really devilish remark
 >;->  Winky and devil combined  A very lewd remark was just made

Those are the basic ones. Here are some somewhat less common ones:
 (-:   User is left handed
 %-)   User has been staring at a green screen for 15 hours straight
 :*)   User is drunk
 :9    User is hungry because he/she is licking his/hers lips
 [:]   User is a robot
 ([-O  User is a Robocop
 8-)   User is wearing sunglasses
 B:-)  Sunglasses on head
 ::-)  User wears normal glasses
 B-)   User wears horn-rimmed glasses
 8:-)  User is a little girl
 :-)-8 User is a big girl
 :-)=B User is a big girl
 1-o   User didn't (want to) see that!
 :-{)  User has a mustache
 :-{}  User wears lipstick
 {:-)  User wears a toupee
 }:-(  Toupee in an updraft
 :-[   User is a Vampire
 :-E   Bucktoothed vampire
 :-F   Bucktoothed vampire with one tooth missing
 :-7   User just made a wry statement
 :-*   User just ate something sour
 ;-(   User is crying
 ;-)   User is so happy, s/he is crying
 :-@   User is screaming
 :-#   User wears braces
 :^)   User has a broken nose
 :<)   User is from an Ivy League School
 :-&   User is tongue tied
 +-:-) User is the Pope or holds some other religious office
 `:-)  User shaved one of his eyebrows off this morning
 ,:-)  Same thing other side
 |-I   User is asleep
 |-O   User is yawning/snoring
 :-Q   User is a smoker
 :-?   User smokes a pipe
 #:-)  everything you know is wrong
 O-)   Megaton Man On Patrol!  (or else, user is a scuba diver)
 O :-) User is an angel (at heart, at least)
 :-P   Nyahhhh!
 :-S   User just made an incoherent statemen!
 :-D   User is laughing (at you!)
 :-E   User is laughing
 :-X   User's lips are sealed
 :-C   User is really bummed
 :-/   User is skeptical
 C=:-) User is a chef
 @=    User is pro-nuclear war
 %)    User is insane
 *<:-) User is wearing a Santa Claus Hat
 :-o   Uh oh!
 (8-o  It's Mr Bill!
 *:o)  And Bozo the Clown!
 3:]   Pet smiley
 3:[   Mean Pet smiley
 d8=   Your pet beaver is wearing goggles and a hard hat
 E-:-) User is a Ham radio operator
 !-)   User is a pirate
 +0)   User is an alien
 <8)   User is a witch
 :-9   User is licking his/her lips
 %-6   User is braindead
 [:-)  User is wearing a walkman
 (:I   User is an egghead
 <:-I  User is a dunce
 K:P   User is a little kid with a propeller beenie
 @:-)  User is wearing a turban
 :-) 8 User is wearing a bikini
 8-0   User is amazed
 :-0   No Yelling!  (Quiet Lab)
 :-:   Mutant Smiley
       The invisible smiley
 .-)   User only has one eye
 ,-)   Ditto   but he's winking
 X-(   User just died
 C=}>;*{O)  Mega-Smiley    A drunk, devilish chef with a toupee in an
            updraft, a mustache, and a double chin

Note: A lot of these can be typed without noses to make midget smileys

 :] - Gleep   a friendly midget smiley who will gladly be your friend
 :) - Happy
 :> - hmm, let me think
 :D - Laughter
 :I - Hmmm, not funny!
 :( - Sad
 :[ - Real Downer
 :< - what pretences!
 :{ - oh boy, the headmaster!
 :O - Yelling
 ;( - Crying
 [] - Hugs and
 :* - Kisses
 :| - Not exactly thrilled with the comment
 :\ - hmm...
 : - sticking tongue out (alt + 0222)

 :-`   smiley spitting out its chewing tobacco
 :-1   smiley bland face
 :-!   smiley bland face 
 :-$   smiley face with it's mouth wired shut
 :-6   smiley after eating something sour
 :-}   smiley has dry lips
 8-)   smiley swimmer
 :-*   smiley after eating something bitter
 :-&   smiley which is tongue-tied
 :-0   smiley orator
 (:-(  unsmiley frowning
 =:-)  smiley punk-rocker
 =8-)  smiley punk-rocker with glasses
 =:-(  (real punk rockers don't smile)
 +-:-) smiley priest
 :-o   smiley singing national anthem
 :-p   smiley sticking its tongue out (at you!)
 :-[   un-smiley blockhead
 :-]   smiley blockhead
 :-{   smiley variation on a theme
 :-}   ditto
 {:-)  smiley with its hair parted in the middle
 }:-)  above in an updraft
 g-)   smiley with pince-nez glasses
 :-\   undecided smiley
 :-/   lefty undecided smiley
 :-|   "have an ordinary day" smiley
 ;-)   winking smiley
 :-<   real sad smiley
 :-x   "my lips are sealed" smiley
 :-c   bummed out smiley
 :-v   talking head smiley
 :-?   smilely smoking a pipe
 0-)   smiley cyclops (scuba diver?)
 :<    midget unsmiley
 :>    midget smiley

:-)     ha ha   ~~:-(   net flame
|-)     hee hee
|-D     ho ho
:->     hey hey
:-(     boo hoo    X-(   net suicide
:-I     hmm
:-O     uh oh   >:-I   net startrek
:-P     nyah nyah  3:o[   net pets
|-P     yuk
:-b     tbbbbtttttthhhh
=:-o    Auuuugggh!

Male    :-
Female  >-

%\v     Picasso
:)      smiley
>:)     a little devil
%-|     been working all night
::-)    wears glasses
}:-(    bull headed
:-{)    has a mustache
:-#     braces
:-&     tounge-tied
:-D     big smile
C|:-=   Charlie Chaplin
=|:-)=  Abe Lincoln
(:-)    Captain Picard
>>:-(   Worf smiley
:-W     speak with forked tongue
:-@     "I swear"
:-X     my lips are sealed
:-C     really bummed out
C=:-)   chef
*<:-)   Santa Claus
:-O     Mr  Bill
*:o)    Bozo
:*)     Ed McMahon
[:-)    wearing a walkman
:-))    double chin
:-7     smokes a pipe
C:#     football player
d:-)    baseball player

d:-)=;==| baseball player

     /  /
:8I-|--<   The seated smiley person with big nostrils who is picking his nose
  \/    \

!|:-()  being brained by a baseball bat
:-)8    man with bowtie
:-()    I stubbed my toe
:-( )   You stepped on my toe
:-(  )  You backed your car over my toe

Asian Smilies
(informations from

Japanese Internet users have come up with their own set of symbols to communicate emotions on-line. Unlike those used in the US and Europe, the Asian 'emotions' do not require one tilt one's head sideways to decode them.

(^_^)   male smiley
(^o^;)  excuse me (arm is scratching back of the head)
(^.^)   female smiley - women not to show teeth
(^^;)   cold sweat (???) (2nd most popular in Japan)
(^o^)   happy
(*^_^*) exciting
\(^_^)/ male banzai smile "/" & "\" are raised arms
\(^.^)? female banzai smiley
(T-T)   crying
(^-^)/~ smiling and waving handkerchief
(-_-;)  a variation on the classic "sweat"


>^..^<      a cat (in one line)

< \\
 : *>       a cat (in three lines)
< //

<*{{{{><    a fish

@}->->- I love you

Now here are some abbreviations you may often see:

AOL     =  America Online
Addy    =  Address
BRB     =  Be right back
CIS     =  Consumer Information Service (of CompuServe)
RTFM    =  Read the, uh, Friggin' Manual
ROTFL   =  Rolling on the floor and laughing
PITA    =  Pain in the "acronym"
BTW     =  By the way
BFN     =  Bye, for now
IRC     =  Internet Relay Chat
TSR     =  Terminate and Stay Resident program
TOS     =  Terms of service (AOL)
LOL     =  Laughing out loud
OTOH    =  On the other hand
OTTH    =  On the third hand
FWIW    =  For what it's worth
RSN     =  Real Soon Now
SASE    =  Self addressed stamp envelope
SM      =  Snail mail
SMA     =  Snail mail addy
snail   =  Snail mail 
WYSIWYG =  What you see is what you get
PPN     =  Programmer Project Number. Ie, a CIS user's ID#.
OIC     =  Oh, I see!
IMHO    =  In my humble opinion [the speaker is never humble]
IMCO    =  In my considered opinion
g,d&r   =  grinning, ducking, and running
OOTB    =  Out of the box
WB      =  Welcome back (being back on IRC)
WBS     =  Write back soon