What Does 8-) Mean?

The emoticon 8-) means "Cool," "Okay," or "Happy."

8-) is an emoticon of a smiling face with sunglasses. (Of note, emoticons are different to emojis, which are digital images or icons to express emotions or ideas.)

An emoticon usually portrays a human expression. Another version of 8-) is 8).

The term "cool" describes a relaxed, confident and fashionable person. It can also mean that someone is at ease with a situation (i.e., okay with it). (For example: He was cool with my tattoo.) The term "cool" derives from the youth culture of the 1950s and 1960s.

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When I write 8-), I mean this: meaning of 8-) 8-) means cool, okay, or happy.

Summary of Key Points

"Cool," "Okay," or "Happy" is the most common definition for 8-) on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Cool, Okay, or Happy
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


Examples of 8-) in Sentences

Here are examples of 8-) being used in conversations:
  • Tony: I've just found out that I got that job 8-).
  • Jordan: That's great news.
  • Tony: I asked Sarah on a date and she said yes. 8-)
  • Jordan: Good on you.

An Academic Look at 8-)

8-) is classified as a cyber term as opposed to an initialism abbreviation or an acronym. Initially, cyber term terms were introduced for brevity, but, particularly with the advent of predictive texting and on-screen keyboards, they are now mostly employed for fun. Cyber terms differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations.

8-) is typically used as an adjective (i.e., a describing word). For example:
  • I'm feeling so 8-).

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "Cool," "Okay," or "Happy" instead of 8-).

Using Numbers in Texts

This video shows the different ways that numbers are used in "text speak":

Example of 8-) Used in a Text


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