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🙈 Emoji Meaning

This emoji is often used to express embarrassment, shame, or a sense of "I don't want to see that.

🙈 Meaning and explanation


The 🙈 emoji shows a monkey covering its eyes with its hands. It is one of three "monkey emoticons", each representing one of the three wisdoms of the three wise monkeys: "see nothing, hear nothing, speak nothing".


The emoji often referred to as the "monkey who wants to see nothing" is used to express shame, embarrassment, awkwardness, or a desire to avoid an uncomfortable or embarrassing situation. It can also be used to indicate that you "don't want to see" or "ignore" something.


The "Monkey Who Won't See" emoji is part of the emoji collection released in Unicode 6.0 in 2010.

The concept of the emoji comes from the ancient Japanese philosophy of the "Three Wise Monkeys," which symbolize the virtues of "not seeing evil, not hearing evil, and not speaking evil.

How to use

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

To express shame or embarrassment: "I can't believe I did that. 🙈"
To signal a desire to avoid an embarrassing or uncomfortable situation: "I can't look at that. 🙈"
To signal a desire to ignore or avoid something: "I'll just ignore the fact that I have a test tomorrow. 🙈"


Compared to the other two monkey emoji, 🙉 (monkey that doesn't want to listen) and 🙊 (monkey that doesn't want to talk), the 🙈 emoji is used to symbolize "not seeing" or avoiding a certain situation, while the others represent "not hearing" or "not speaking" respectively. Compared to other emoji that express embarrassment or shame, such as 😳 (face with red cheeks), the 🙈 emoji offers a more playful and less direct way to express these feelings.

🙈 Other names

The emoji is also known by the following names.

  • 🙈 Mizaru
  • 🙈 Monkey Covering Eyes

Popular name:

🙈 Monkey Covering Eyes

🙈 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
  • Fear
Secondary Emotions
  • confused
  • surprised
  • frightened

🙈 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 can't look! 🙈

Associated feelings
  • fearful
  • confused
  • frightened

Basic emotion example

I can hardly believe we won! 🙈🏆

Associated feelings
  • enthusiastic
  • surprised
  • glad

Basic emotion example

Oh no, I totally forgot the appointment. 🙈

Associated feelings
  • confused
  • disappointed
  • concerned
🙈 General Information
Unicode-NameSee-No-Evil Monkey
Apple-NameSee-No-Evil Monkey
Category Smileys & Emotion




Keywordsmonkey, see nothing, cover your eyes monkey face, forbidden
Unicode-Version Unicode 6.0
Emoji-Version Emoji 1.0