What Does ;P Mean?

;P means "Winking and Sticking Tongue Out." This icon is often used at the end of a cheeky or playful message (or as a cheeky or playful response to a message). The two characters represent a face: the semicolon represents the eyes (with one winking) while the "P" represents a tongue sticking out of a mouth.

The icon also exists with a colon instead of a semicolon (i.e., the eye is not winking): The version with the semicolon (i.e., the wink) is considered a little cheekier than the colon version.

Similar icons include:

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When I write ;P, I mean this:

meaning of ;P

eyes with a wink (;) and a mouth with protruding tongue (P)

Summary of Key Points

"Winking and Sticking Tongue out" is the most common definition for ;P on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Winking and Sticking Tongue out
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of ;P in Sentences

Here are examples of ;P being used in conversations:
  • Toby: Wait! Come back! You forgot your bullsh*t! ;P
  • Mark: I'm jealous of all the people that haven't met you.
  • Pat: It was called a jumpoline before your mom jumped on it.
  • Adam: Are your parents cousins? ;P

An Academic Look at ;P

As it's a graphical 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, Noddy" or "screw you" (in a playful tone) instead of ;P.

Example of ;P Used in a Text

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