Emoji are a popular way to send funny and clever messages using symbols and pictures. Often times these symbols are used as puns, while other times they are an indirect form of saying a certain phrase.
For example, the whale emoji is often used to say "well." While it literally translates to "whale," the word sounds kind of like "well." So if a person uses the whale emoji to say, "Whale, I guess you're right," they are actually saying, "Well, I guess you're right."
Some emoji can also be combined without the use of words to create a short sentence. For example, a dog emoji that is combined with a house emoji translates to "doghouse." This is often referred to someone being in the doghouse, or someone being in trouble. Another example involves the phrase "vacation hair," which utilizes the emoji of an airplane, a sun and a person who is flaunting their hair.
In this quiz, we'll take a look at some popular phrases and sentences that are made with emoji. It will be your job to look at the picture and the brief description in the question to guess what it means. Think you can Sherlock Holmes your way out of this one? Take this quiz now to find out!
This phrase utilizes a smiley face, a light bulb and a red "no" symbol. What does it mean?
When you combine a red "no" symbol with a smiley face and a light bulb, it means "not the brightest bulb." This is often used to make fun of someone's intelligence.
This sentence uses a boar emoji to mean what?
You can remove the "bor" in "bored" and replace it with the boar emoji to say "I'm bored." You can also make sentences like "You're bored" or "It's boring."
The whale emoji in front of the phrase "I hope so" means what?
The whale emoji is a pun for "well." It literally translates to "Whale, I hope so," but is read as "Well, I hope so."
This sentence utilizes a bee emoji. Can you decode what it means?
If you replace the "be" in "believe" with a bee emoji, it will read as "bee-lieve." This can be used for phrases like "I believe you." This emoji sentence is literally "Eye bee leaf ewe."
If you put a person in between two clouds, it will read as what?
This emoji combination can be read as "Your head's in the clouds." This is because the emoji of a person is in between two clouds.
A dog + a house = ?
A dog emoji plus a house emoji is literally read as "doghouse," but it often means "You're in the doghouse." This means you're in trouble.
A worried emoji + a snowflake = ?
"That was cold" is a sentence that is created by using the worried emoji plus the snowflake emoji. It refers to feeling insulted by something that someone said.
A red X + a smiley face + a hand + a plate of food means what?
These four emoji create the sentence "Don't bite the hand that feeds you." This is a classic phrase that means you should show respect to those who provide food, shelter or hospitality to you.
An emoji of a person with her arms crossed + a cup of tea means what?
This emoji sentence means "not my cup of tea," which refers to a dislike of something. For example, if you eat a carrot and say "not my cup of tea," it means you don't like the carrot you just ate.
An emoji of a screw combined with an emoji that is rolling its eyes means what?
This sentence is translated to "Screw you," which is often used to express dislike or irritation. For example, if someone says, "I'm canceling plans for tonight," the other person may respond, "Screw you," to show disapproval.
An emoji of a person that is talking plus a hand emoji means what?
When you combine an emoji of a person talking with a hand emoji, you get "Talk to the hand." This phrase shows disinterest in hearing another person's opinion or comments.
A confused emoji + a question mark + a door = ?
The combination of these three emoji equates to "You're as dumb as a door." This phrase seeks to poke fun at someone's intelligence, using the door, perhaps, to represent a closed mind.
This sentence utilizes a pair of eyes, a book and a crying emoji. What do you think it means?
These emoji create the sentence "Read it and weep." This can be used in either good or bad scenarios, depending on the context at hand.
A crying emoji plus an emoji of a person swimming means what?
These emoji spell out "Cry me a river," which is used to express disapproval when someone may be over-exaggerating or may be complaining a lot. For example, if person A says, "Ugh, I have to work again today," person B might say, "Cry me a river."
This sentence uses a clock, a pig and an airplane. What does it mean?
This sentence means "When pigs fly," as "when" refers to the clock emoji. A conversational example of this phrase may look like this: "I'm going to be a millionaire one day." "When pigs fly."
The red "no" symbol + a sad face + a glass of milk means what?
These emoji spell out "Don't cry over spilled milk," which refers to telling someone to stop complaining over the little things. An example scenario would be: "My bobby pin broke in half!" "Don't cry over spilled milk."
This sentence uses the donut emoji to spell out what?
If you use a donut emoji with the words "go there," it will spell out "Do not go there." This is a pun for "donut/do not."
This sentence uses an apple emoji to say what?
Next time you want to say "I'm appalled," just replace the "appall" part with "apple." This is a pun for "appalled," which means "shocked" or "horrified."
This sentence uses a fist + a house. Can you decode what it means?
This sentence spells out "knock knock," which is often the prelude of a "knock-knock" joke. The fist emoji represents the "knocking" sound to a house door.
This sentence utilizes a repeat emoji, followed by an up arrow, then a down arrow. What does it mean?
The repeat emoji symbolizes the word "turned," which is then followed by the phrase "upside down" via the up and down arrows. This could be placed in a sentence like "My life is turned upside down."
A bell emoji + an emoji of the wind = ?
This sentence refers to "Bel-Air," which is near Beverly Hills, California. It also refers to the once-popular show, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."
The red "no" symbol combined with a toilet emoji and a paper emoji means what?
This sentence translates to "no toilet paper," which means "We're out of toilet paper." This is often used to ask somebody to buy some toilet paper from the store - or maybe bring it to you from another room.
A peach emoji is used in conjunction with "you're a" to mean what?
"You're a" plus a peach emoji equals "You're a peach." This is often used to tell someone that they are nice, or as sweet as a peach.
This sentence utilizes the scared emoji plus a pair of jeans. What do you think it spells out?
These emoji actually spell out "distressed denim," which is a type of fashionable jeans. Someone is describing a certain outfit, which in this case involves distressed denim.
What is the meaning of this emoji of a finger plus an emoji of a trophy?
The finger emoji means "you," which is combined with a trophy that refers to "winning." Thus, this spells out "You win."
An emoji of a beauty queen combined with a sleepy emoji spells out what?
These two emoji spell out "beauty sleep," which refers to the idea that sleeping may make a person beautiful. This can also be enhanced with the lipstick emoji.
An emoji of a person with their arms crossed plus an emoji of a fist means what?
The emoji of a person with their arms folded means "stop," while the fist emoji refers to "fighting." Thus, we get the phrase "Stop fighting," or "Let's stop fighting."
A worried emoji plus a bouquet of flowers mean what?
These emoji spell out "I'm sorry." The worried emoji refers to a person feeling bad or guilty about something, while the flowers represent a peace offering.
This phrase utilizes a flower, a puff of wind and an emoji of a person who is flaunting their hair. What does it mean?
The flower emoji refers to the word "fresh," while the wind emoji means "blowout" with regard to a person's hair. This equates to "fresh blowout."
An emoji of a cat combined with an emoji of a high heel means what?
Believe it or not, "kitten heel" is a type of shoe. It refers to a style of heel that is short in height.
A pair of eyes, an emoji of a pointed finger and an emoji of a book mean what?
The pair of eyes plus the pointed finger refer to wanting someone to look at something - in this case, a book, which is expressed by the book emoji. This is can also be enhanced with the ghost emoji, which refers to a "scary book."
This sentence uses a "thumbs up" emoji, a heart and a smiley face. What does it mean?
These three emoji spell out "You'll love it." This phrase is also characterized by positive symbols, like a heart and a happy face.
This sentence uses the red "no" symbol, a pair of scissors and a triangle. Can you decode what it means?
The triangle sometimes symbolizes the word "corner." The red "no" symbol means "don't," while the scissors emoji means "cut." Hence the phrase, "Don't cut corners."
An emoji of a roller coaster mixed with various types of smiley and angry emoji means what?
This sentence means "It's an emotional roller coaster," as characterized by the happy and angry emoji. The word "roller coaster" in this context refers to the waves of emotion that someone may be feeling.
What is the meaning behind an emoji of a person combined with a pointed finger and a fishing rod?
These emoji spell out "You're a catch," which is used to tell someone that they are unique. This is enhanced with the fishing rod, which refers to catching a fish.
This sentence utilizes a pot of food, a slice of pizza and a double arrow in between. Can you decode it?
The double arrow in between these two emoji refers to a choice between takeout or cooking. The pizza refers to takeout, while a pot of food refers to cooking at home.
This sentence utilizes an airplane, the sun and a person who is flaunting their hair. What does it mean?
The airplane and the sun are used to symbolize the word "vacation." This is combined with a person who is flaunting their hair, to create the phrase "vacation hair."
An emoji of the "daytime" and an emoji of the "nighttime" sandwich a right arrow, then the whole sandwich is followed by a lipstick emoji. What does it mean?
The daytime and nighttime emoji refer to the "day and night" aspects of the word "makeup." Hence the phrase, "day to night makeup."
This sentence uses the red "no" symbol, followed by the "zzz" emoji, which then ends with an emoji with two spirals as eyes. What does it mean?
These emoji translate to "no sleep," or they can also be read as "It's been days since I've slept." The emoji with two spirals as eyes refers to how a person feels after not sleeping.
This sentence combines the cat emoji with a pair of eyes. What do you think it means?
"Cat eyes" is actually a phrase for eye makeup. When a makeup artist draws winged tips that extend beyond the outer corners of the eyes, the look is referred to as "cat eyes."
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