- noun a face created with text characters, used to provide the real meaning to an email message; e.g. :-) means laughter or a joke, and :-( means sad
- A simple icon usually produced with punctuation marks. They are typically viewed as being sideways. For example, :-) is meant to express a smile, :-D is a bigger smile, and so on for a number of faces or emotions. Smileys do not always represent smiles. Also called emoticon.