What Does the 😬 Emoji Mean?

While some emojis automatically come with positive emotions that could hardly be misconstrued for anything otherwise, others fall squarely into negative territory—and that includes the famous "grimacing face" 😬.

What the 😬 Grimacing Face Emoji Means in Texting

What 😬 Means

A 😬 emoji in a text almost always has a negative connotation, but that doesn't mean it only has one meaning. In fact, it can be used to convey any and all of the following emotions:

  • Disapproval
  • Disgust
  • Discomfort
  • Nervousness
  • Embarrassment
  • Awkwardness
  • Cringing


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How to Use 😬

Of course, just because the generally tense 😬 isn't the most positive  emoji doesn't mean it's not super useful—especially in the form of a text, where it might be tougher to properly share the nuance of your emotions. We do, however, recommend not cringing at the person who's made you feel grossed out or uncomfortable, and instead humorously use it refer to external situations.


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😬 From a Crush

Like many things, a 😬 emoji from a crush can take a bit of context to decode. There might be some cases in which you made them feel their current discomfort, in which case the cringing emoji may indicate a "yikes" moment—although if you're both pretty comfortable with each other, it might be used in a more playful manner. And if they're talking about someone or something else entirely, it might be because they feel open with you, and don't mind sharing the things that bother them with you.


Need help decoding another popular emoji? Click HERE to read all about the meaning of 😳.