An example of an emoticon is a happy face made by typing a colon and parenthesis :).
Origin of emoticonemot(ion) + icon
Origin of emoticonemot(ion) icon
In contexts with image-based emoticons, emoticon often refers specifically to image-based glyphs, while smiley refers to text-based ones.
emoticon - Computer Definition
A string of ASCII text characters used after a sentence in e-mails and newsgroup postings intended to represent a facial expression and to convey the sort of emotion that plain text does not otherwise support. Common examples of emoticons (meant to be viewed sideways) include those shown in the following table. EmoticonMeaning :-) or :) or =) Smile or happy ;-) or ;) Winking and smiling :-( Sad :D or :-D or =D Big smile :-0 or :0 or =0 Surprise or shock >:-( Angry >:-) Evil smile 0:-) Innocence (Halo over the head) :-x No comment or My lips are sealed or I shouldn't have said that Common examples of emoticons meant to be viewed without rotation include those shown in the following table. EmoticonMeaning ^_^ Smile or happy ;_; Sad and crying -_Annoyed \\// Peace or live long and prosper (Mr. Spock of Star Trek) \@^@/ or \O^O/ Look closer (glasses) ("\(^_^)/") Big hug See also e-mail, emotag, and newsgroup.
A typewritten picture of a facial expression to suggest an emotion. It is used in email, in chat rooms, and when communicating with others on the Internet. A popular one is :-), or smile.
See Also: Electronic Mail or Email; Internet.
(EMOTional ICON) A pictorial expression of feeling in a message rendered as text or an icon. Carnegie Mellon professor Scott Fahlman is credited with creating the "smiley" using the text characters :-) in an online message in 1982 (the first emoticon). Pronounced "e-mo-tih-con," the symbols are stored in the Unicode character set. Word processing, e-mail and other character-based programs may automatically convert emoticon text into an icon, especially the smiley. In addition, applications may include a palette of emoticons to choose from. See emoji, emotag, Unicode and alphanumerish.