[ US /əˈmoʊtəˌkɑn/ ]
[ UK /ɪmˈɒtɪkən/ ]
  1. a representation of a facial expression (as a smile or frown) created by typing a sequence of characters in sending email
    :-( and :-) are emoticons
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How To Use emoticon In A Sentence

  • Texting uses a reduced form of the English language with symbols - or emoticons - expressing emotions such as happiness or sadness.
  • If you think about it, the range of human emotions is wide and varied, and also, there can be cultural nuances, or racial nuances to these human emotions and so its not surprising that you might not find an emoticon to convey what you want.
  • Nothing is achieved when writing ironically or satirically by telling the reader through an "emoticon", that the preceding posting was meant to be to be a wry comment and that the reader should be amused. Even the criminals won't file denuncias
  • Use tongue-in-cheek comments and emoticons only if you know the recipient really well.
  • The emoticon is a weak substitute for a coy gesture or a lusty wink.
  • The word emoticon is actually the word emotion and icon bumped up together so you get the word emoticon. CNN Transcript Sep 21, 2002
  • An article that will make your IT department shudder, an appreciation of the emoticon's history and why you should take the call when your lily is on the line: Coffee Break: July 30
  • In plurk, emoticons are an important part of community maintenance and recently twitter, not to be outdone, developed twitterkeys a way to easily use wingdings such as ♥♣. Archive 2008-10-01
  • Maybe the word emoticon doesn't ring a bell to you but you probably know what they are. CNN Transcript Sep 21, 2002
  • Thanks to emoji, the subtlety of first generation emoticons could be lost on younger generations.
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