What Does :P Mean?

:P means "Sticking Tongue Out." This icon is typically used when the writer is being cheeky or playful. When typed, the colon represents the eyes, and the "P" represents a mouth with a protruding tongue.

The icon is also commonly seen with a nose or with a winking eye: Similar icons include:

Image for :P

When I write :P, I mean this:

meaning of :P

eyes (:) and a mouth and tongue (P)

Summary of Key Points

"Sticking Tongue Out" is the most common definition for :P on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Sticking Tongue Out
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of :P in Sentences

Here are examples of :P being used in conversations:
  • Janet: You beat me in the English test!
  • Simon: :P.
  • Kurt Vonnegut: If your brains were dynamite, there wouldn't be enough to blow your hat off.
  • Jill: I don't wear a hat :P.

An Academic Look at :P

As it is a pictorial representation, :P is classified as an icon.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "up yours" (in a playful tone) instead of :P.

Example of :P Used in a Text

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