frowning face emoji meaning

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A very sad face with a distinct unhappy mouth and neutral eyes. This is the kind of face that precedes a flood of tears - and some platforms depict the eyes as if they are about to well up. Similar to the slightly frowning face but with a far greater unhappiness implied. The face is sometimes known as the Mega Frown. It could be said that this face is the emoji representation of the :( text face.

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How to use frowning face emoji

If you were walking along the street and your car keys accidentally fell into a storm drain, then this face would most likely sum up your reaction. It’s the kind of face you message to a friend when something traumatically sad has happened. You can even use this face to react to sad social media posts. Basically this face is very well suited to expressing sadness. More often than not, no words are needed to express what the face actually means such is the prominent unhappiness expressed. Let’s say your friend messages you saying that a long awaited trip to the theatre has been cancelled due to a crippling stomach bug. Simply responding with the face alone is usually enough to signify your anguish.

History of the ☹ emoji

The Frowning Face was approved as part of Unicode 1.1 in 1993, making this one of the old school emojis. It was much later added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.

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How ☹ is displayed online

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  • Twitter
  • One
  • Facebook

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