Hand Emoji Meanings

Hand Fingers Open

πŸ‘‹ Waving Hand Emoji

This is the right hand opened with waves of vibration on two sides of the hands, indicating movement. The color of the hand varies, but the common one is yellow. The movement is meant to indicate waving of the hand, thus its meant to illustrate farewell or greetings. It may also have a sarcastic meaning of forcing someone to leave you and go.

β€œHello guys πŸ‘‹β€

🀚 Raised Back Of Hand Emoji

The hand is raised displaying the back of the palm. It exactly looked as the reversed emoji of raised hands. But concerning the meaning, it expresses support or agreement on something. It can be applied in during voting or even in any activity in life that requires one to raise a hand.

β€œHey! Can I speak out my view please πŸ€šβ€

πŸ– Hand With Fingers Splayed Emoji

The hand raise is similar to when waving, but in this case, the fingers are spread as if giving a high five and it also lacks motion. This hand is of a human but with gestures that are peculiar. It’s applied mostly in the place of the word hello, or giving a farewell without waving.

β€œπŸ– Friends, how are you today?”

βœ‹ Raised Hand Emoji

The hand is lifted up but with fingers close together, as compared to the emoji of the β€˜hands with fingers splayed’. It’s characterized by the front of the palm being displayed. This can also be applied in the place of greeting or it can be part of. Other uses involve being applied as a gesture of agreement or gaining the attention of someone.

β€œExcuse me, teacher βœ‹β€

πŸ–– Vulcan Salute Emoji

The hand is raised but the fingers are spread in between the middle and the ring finger. It looks more of a pair separation of the four fingers excluding the thumb. It’s used as a form of greeting. Its origin is from one of the star trek characters.

β€œHi guys πŸ––β€

Hand Fingers Partial

πŸ‘Œ Ok Hand Emoji

This is a form of gesture that depicts generally β€˜that’s good’, β€˜that’s awesome’, β€˜okay’ or β€˜yes’. Or it may mean an agreement.  It’s featured with the thumb and index finger touching at the tip making a hole, with the rest of the fingers held up in a curve position.

β€œIt’s just the way I wanted it to be πŸ‘Œβ€

🀏 Pinching Hand Emoji

Have the thumb and the index finger in close proximity, with the rest of the fingers closed on the palm. It’s an illustration that an object or something or even someone is small, generally, it symbolizes small. It can also mean pinching.

β€œCan I get a pinch 🀏 of spice to make this soup perfect?”

✌ Victory Hand Emoji

The traditional name is victory hand but popular as peace hands. Have the middle and index finger held up in a V-shaped, with the rest of the fingers closed on the palm ✌. It has multifunction that include, indicate chilling, saying hello or hi.

β€œCome we chill at the basketball court βœŒβ€

🀞 Crossed Fingers Emoji

It’s popularly applied to bring a positive outcome or lack of someone. It’s characterized with the middle and index finger crossing over, while the rest of the fingers closed on the palm. Apart from text, it’s applied mostly in real life.

🀟 Love-You Gesture Emoji

It’s featured with the thumb, index and pinky finger pointed out while the middle and the ring finger closed on the palm. This gesture depicts love you. But be careful, as you can easily mistake it with the sign of rock on. It’s a way that’s cute to express love to someone, apart from the love emoji.

β€œπŸ€Ÿ Sweetheart, I miss you.”

🀘 Sign of The Horns Emoji

It may look similar to the β€˜love you gesture’ emoji, but in this case, the thumb, the middle finger and the ring finger are closed on the palm, while the pinky and index finger are pointed. Its often utilized as a symbol for the love of rock music, frequently the context used has links to music.

πŸ€™ Call Me Or Hand Loose Emoji

It has the thumb and pinky finger that points in the opposite direction of the hand. Also, the three in between fingers are folded on the palm of the hand. It portrays the typical form of a call me sign. This emoji can easily be confused with the β€˜Shaka sign’ as they look similar. Its uses usually revolve around making a call.

β€œHey! Call me later πŸ€™ πŸ“±.”

Hand Single Finger

πŸ‘ˆ Backhand Index Pointing Left Emoji

It features the hand pointing to the left using the index finger while the thumb points upwards. And the rest of the finger folded on the palm. The hand faces the back. It’s applied to gain the attention, show focus or to show the direction rather than using the word left.

β€œTake a left turn, please πŸ‘ˆβ€

πŸ‘‰ Backhand Index Pointing Right Emoji

It looks like the reflection of the emoji ’backhand index pointing left’. This particular hand points to the right. It has a similar meaning, that is attracting attention, but except on direction, as this particular emoji points to the right. Therefore it can be a substitute of right or be used together.

β€œFocus on this, please πŸ‘‰β€

πŸ‘† Backhand Index Pointing Up Emoji

This is similar to β€˜backhand index pointing to the right, except that in this scenario, it’s pointing above. It’s featured with the right hand whose index finger is pointing above. It’s applied if you want to highlight a sign or statement. It can also be used when pointing in the upward direction.

β€œWarning, watch out for your head πŸ‘†β€

πŸ–• Middle Finger Emoji

This is the backhand facing emoji, with all the fingers folded on the palm except the middle finger which points up. This is popular for being abusive and offensive to the eyes of everyone. It depicts negative sentiments like mockery, disapproval, hate or evil.

β€œLeave me alone πŸ–•β€

See more: Middle Finger Emoji Meaning

πŸ‘‡ Backhand Index Pointing Down Emoji

This is like the reflection of β€˜backhand index pointing up’. It’s applied also when you need to put the focus on something or attract attention. It’s also applicable when showing direction. It’s used in the place of down or used together.

β€œBe careful, there is a pitfall ahead of you. πŸ‘‡β€

☝ Index Pointing Up Emoji

The palm of the hand faces the front, the index points up and the rest of the fingers fold on the palm. It depicts the number one, or it can also be applied in the context of surety on something or a given thing is very important, thus it’s used to express the intensity.

β€œIt’s exactly the one β˜β€

Hand Fingers Closed

πŸ‘ Thumbs Up Emoji

Have the shape of a fist, but the thumb points upward. It is a popular gesture of liking or approval. Real life and online uses meaning are similar. In addition, it is also used when rating something or someone meant to impress.

β€œGuys, you did a very good job today πŸ‘β€

πŸ‘Ž Thumbs Down Emoji

It’s an exact opposite of thumbs up, both in meaning and structure. It’s characterized with the thumb that points downwards, and the rest of the fingers fold on the palm. It’s meant to illustrate disapproval, disliking and even saying no.

β€œThat’s the worst performance I have ever seen before πŸ‘Žβ€

✊ Raised Fist Emoji

Like the name states, it is a fist-shaped emoji raised upwards. It’s applied to express celebration, lack of items due to raised fingers, and it can also mean unity or solidarity due to the fold together fingers at one point. It’s popularly applied in protests.

β€œWe are together to the end βœŠβ€

πŸ‘Š Oncoming Fist Emoji

The emoji is placed in a punching position. The knuckles are facing forward. It’s a right-handed fist and there is no left one. In real life, it’s used a form of greeting rather than using hello! It’s also used for success celebration or in the fighting context.

β€œSee you tomorrow πŸ‘Šβ€

πŸ€› Left-Facing Fist Emoji

It’s an ordinary fist, except its facing to the left. There is also a right one, thus making its application diverse. It can be used singly or together in a text. It’s widely used by many users; it generally depicts respect, solidarity, support, and friendship.

β€œWhat! You are in my group πŸ€›β€

🀜 Right-Facing Fist Emoji

It faces the opposite direction to the left fist; therefore they can be used hand in hand or each at a time. Have similar roles of expressing respect, support, friendship and many more. This fist can be used to offer a greeting, while the left functions to respond.

β€œSee you at the field πŸ€œβ€


πŸ‘ Clapping Hands Emoji

Has a direct meaning application that is to appreciate an individual or individuals after attaining success in something. This can be due to performance, talent, education or skillfulness. It also carries expressive sarcastic meaning.

β€œOkay, then congratulation for ruining everybody’s’ lives πŸ‘β€

πŸ™Œ Raising Hands Emoji

Pair of hands are raised above. In some programs, an animated person is drawn with the hands in the air. This emoji was typically obtained from real life gesture. It’s meant to express a celebration of success or surrender to a higher authority. Raising your hands to surrender means you’ve accepted defeat.

β€œWow! We won the match πŸ™Œβ€

πŸ‘ Open Hands Emoji

It’s a pair of hands opened fully and facing the forward direction. It has a broad range of application. It may be used to mean hugging position, working for using hands, playing with the kids and it can even serve to mean not caring.

β€œI visited the countryside last weekend it’s all about hands and back πŸ‘β€

🀲 Palms Up Together Emoji

In a cup-like a shape, a pair of hands are held together, while facing up their palms. Can illustrate a book that’s open in American Sign Language; in Islam is a symbol of praying, and it’s also the same symbol used for begging.

β€œWe studied on chapter 5 of the novel today 🀲

🀝 Handshake Emoji

It’s a pair of hands from different people carrying out the handshake gesture. The uses of the emoji go hand in hand with the actual life uses. Therefore it’s applied as a gesture for greeting, agreement or deal on something.

β€œIt is a pleasure to do business with you. πŸ€β€

πŸ™ Folded Hands Emoji

Pair of hands are firmly placed together. It used in a context with a positive meaning. For instance, politely asking for a favor or something; giving gratitude or it can also be used to depict prayers.

β€œPlease πŸ™ sir, consider my proposal, I placed all my effort and knowledge in it.”

Hand Prop

✍ Writing Hand Emoji

The emoji is symbolized with a pencil or pen being held on a writing position using the right hand. But is contrasted to LG devices where the left hand is used. It has a variety of application but is all in the context of writing. It can be writing a letter, signing, school test or even writing a poem.

β€œI’ve finally begun drawing the portrait. βœβ€

πŸ’… Nail Polish Emoji

It’s made of products like makeup used to apply on the nail by most ladies for covering their nails with suitable colors. On the emoji, it’s symbolized by an applicator brush applying the polish on the toes nails. The meaning is related to general beauty, personal care, and fashion.

β€œNail beauty is a major part of being gorgeous. πŸ’…β€

🀳 Selfie Emoji

It’s a figure of the procedure of taking a front camera picture of oneself using a mobile phone or a camera. It’s presented with an arm holding the phone on a stretch position while the front camera of the phone faces the user. It’s used in text to illustrate ones love for a selfie or when about to take one.

β€œThis is a perfect location for selfies πŸ€³β€