Person shrugging

🤷  Person Shrugging

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🤷 Emoji Meaning

This emoji is used to express confusion, ignorance, or an attitude of "I don't know" or "I don't care.

🤷 Meaning and explanation


The 🤷 emoji shows a person raising their shoulders and palms up. This gesture is often associated with ignorance, ambiguity or indifference.


The emoji is often used to express ignorance, ambiguity, indecision, or indifference. It can also be used to indicate that you can't or won't answer a question, or that you are unsure of the answer to a question.


The shoulder shrug emoji was introduced in 2016 as part of Unicode 9.0.

The shoulder shrug gesture itself is widely used and often interpreted as an expression of ignorance, ambiguity, or indifference.

How to use

This emoji can be used in a variety of contexts. Here are a few examples:

To express ignorance or uncertainty: "I don't know how that happened. 🤷"
To express indecision or indifference: "I don't care where we go for dinner. 🤷"
To express an inability or unwillingness to answer a question: "Who made this mess? 🤷


Compared to other emoji that express ambiguity or indecision, such as the 😕 (confused face) or 🙃 (upside-down face), the 🤷 emoji has a stronger connotation of indifference or ignorance. Compared to the 🙆 (hand up) emoji, which is often used to express agreement or joy, the 🤷 emoji has a stronger connotation of indecision, ambiguity, or indifference.

🤷 Other names

The emoji is also known by the following names.

  • 🤷 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • 🤷 Shrug
  • 🤷 Shruggie

Popular name:

🤷 Shrug

🤷 Emotional Classification

First, we take a look at the basic emotion, the core of the emoji's nature. Then we will look at the secondary emotions that the emoji can evoke in us.

Basic Emotions
  • Surprise
  • Sadness
Secondary Emotions
  • surprised
  • thoughtful
  • confused

🤷 Examples and how to use

In this section, we examine the emotional impact of emojis. We will use examples to show how emojis can evoke different emotions in the reader depending on the context.


Basic emotion example

I did not pass the exam. 🤷‍♀️😢

Associated feelings
  • thoughtful
  • saddened
  • disappointed

Basic emotion example

She speaks without thinking. 🤷‍♂️💬

Associated feelings
  • upset
  • concerned
  • annoyed

Basic emotion example

Why did you do this? 🤷‍♀️

Associated feelings
  • confused
  • surprised
  • frightened
🤷 General Information
Apple-NamePerson Shrugging
Category People & Body



:shrug:, :person_shrugging:

Keywordsdon't care, indifferent, no idea, person shrugging shoulders, doubt
Unicode-Version Unicode 9.0
Emoji-Version Emoji 3.0