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👍 Emoji Meaning

This emoji is used to express approval, agreement or contentment.

👍 Meaning and explanation


The 👍 emoji shows a hand with a clenched fist, with the thumb pointing up. It is a universal gesture that symbolizes agreement, recognition, or encouragement.


The emoji is often used to express approval, recognition, satisfaction, or agreement with a statement or idea. It can also be used to wish someone good luck.


The thumbs up emoji is part of the original emoji collection released in Unicode 6.0 in 2010.

The thumbs up gesture itself is widely used and often interpreted as a sign of approval or recognition.

How to use

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

To express agreement or approval: "I agree with you. 👍"
To express appreciation or contentment: "Good job. 👍"
To express encouragement or support: "Good luck in today's competition. 👍"


Compared to other emoji that express approval or satisfaction, such as the 👌 (okay hand sign) or 😊 (smiling face with smiling eyes), the 👍 emoji has a more general and less specific meaning and can be used in a variety of contexts. Compared to the 👎 (thumbs down) emoji, which expresses disagreement or disapproval, the 👍 emoji is the positive counterpart and expresses approval or recognition.

👍 Other names

The emoji is also known by the following names.

  • 👍 Like
  • 👍 Thumbs Up
  • 👍 Yes

Popular name:

👍 Thumbs Up

👍 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
  • Joy
  • Love
Secondary Emotions
  • optimistic
  • glad
  • satisfied

👍 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

It is finally over, thank God! 👍

Associated feelings
  • surprised
  • relieved
  • glad

Basic emotion example

Good work! 👍

Associated feelings
  • enthusiastic
  • accepting
  • glad

Basic emotion example

Not my problem, but I wish you luck! 👍🙏

Associated feelings
  • calm
  • accepting
  • disapproving
👍 General Information
Unicode-NameThumbs Up Sign
Apple-NameThumbs Up
Category People & Body

:+1:, :thumbsup:

:+1:, :thumbsup:

:+1:, :thumbsup:, :thumbup:

Keywordsthumb, thumbs up, good, hand, up
Unicode-Version Unicode 6.0
Emoji-Version Emoji 1.0