Is he flirting with me? Does he like me? Which emojis are best for flirting? And what emojis do guys use to flirt? Well, here’s the top 21 emojis guys use to flirt, and what each emoji really means.
Uh huh, that’s right – we’ll be reading between the lines to reveal how a guy actually feels about you and what he’s trying to say through those little mystery emojis. So let’s start from the top…
Are Emojis a Sign Of Flirting?
As the years have gone on, and technology has advanced, dating has become less and less straight-forward.
We also have a whole online world to contend with and a new form of communication which is text instead of phone calls or face-to-face interactions… Thus comes the emojis!
The good thing is – emojis add expression into text. They allow messages to be read in a different way and better get across what you’re trying to say, in the way that you’re trying to say it.
Emojis can therefore – most definitely – a sign of flirting. They show what someone is trying to insinuate or say… providing you know how to read and interpret them properly, of course!
See, flirty emojis can be used to openly flirt, or subtly flirt – depending on the type of emoji and how they’re used.
So what emojis do guys use to flirt? (As a whole.) Which emojis are best for flirting? And what do these different flirty emojis mean?
Well, let’s break down the 21 biggest, fun and flirty emojis, to make a guys text’s easier to decode…
Emojis Guys Use To Flirt
Without further ado, here’s the most-used flirty emojis, used by men in 2023.
Do you recognise them? Is he sending these emojis to you? Then there’s certainly a good chance he’s flirting with you… (Woohoo!)
1) 😇 Angel Emoji
First up, let’s start with the angel face emoji, as this is one of the biggest emojis guys use to flirt.
Why? Because he’s saying something flirty, and putting it with the angel to try to pretend he’s being innocent about it!
He wants you to know he’s only messing around. The angel face emoji therefore often comes with a cheeky, naughty or sometimes even dirty comment.
He knows he’s pushing the boundaries a little – but he wants to, and he’s trying to get away with it (in a kind of sweeter way, I suppose!)
The thing is, you know when a guy sends you the angel face emoji, he is most certainly not innocent. But whatever comment he send – he sent it as harmless fun.
He’s just flirting with you. But at least you know he sees you as more than just a friend!
2) 😳 Blushing Face Emoji
What does 😳 mean from a guy? Well, the Blushing Face Emoji (sometimes also referred to as the Flushed Face Emoji) is very similar to our angel.
A guy might use this if, again, he’s said something a little risky or cheeky and he’s seeing if he can “get away with it.”
In most cases, he likes you, but he doesn’t know how you feel, which is why he’s “testing the waters” or so to speak.
3) 😉 Wink Emoji
Another popular emoji guys use to flirt, is of course, the winky face.
In fact, if he’s trying to flirt with you over text and wants to make sure it comes across as a flirty comment – the easiest thing to do is to add a wink emoji. It sets the intentions. He’s winking at you… virtually!
What does 😉 mean from a guy? Well, a winky face can make pretty much anything more playful, which is what flirting is all about! It also keeps the conversation light and fun, and is more recognisably flirty.
That’s right – this guy is flirting with you and he’s not afraid to show it! This leads us onto some of our other openly flirty emojis guys use. See we’ve also got…
4) 😛 Tongue Out Emoji
The tongue out emoji is another classic emoji guys use to flirt.
What does 😛 mean from a guy? Well, again, it shows that he’s joking around with you, perhaps trying to flirt by teasing, and is using the tongue out to express the humour behind it.
Going one step further we’ve got…
5) 😜😝 Emojis
These combine both winking, laughing and that classic tongue out.
These flirty emojis are often used to say things that are flirty, jokey or provocative… Only they’re intensified from the classic: 😉😛😆 as they combine all expressions into one!
So – in a nutshell – if he’s using one of these flirty emojis, he’s going all out with expression, as he could well be pushing it with what he’s saying! This leads me onto…
6) 🤪 Zany Emoji
The 🤪 zany emoji is another emoji guys use to flirt. See, zany can be described as amusing or silly…
So if he’s flirting over text and is unsure what you might think of something, by using the zany emoji he can always rub it off as him simply “messing around” or “winding you up”.
7) 🔥 Fire Emoji
Feeling, HOT, HOT, HOT! If a guy sends you this emoji, with the flame 🔥, or even this emoji 🥵 (another similar one), he’s essentially saying, he find you hot or attractive.
He’s paying you a complement – a clear sign he likes you. Not sure if the feeling is 100% mutual? Then fear not, as there are ways to find someone more attractive too!
This guy just wants you to feel good about yourself. He’s lifting you up.
He could also be using the fire emoji to indicate the heat and chemistry he feels with you – when he’s talking about your latest date, for instance…
- “Well, that was fun today, wasn’t it? 🔥“
- “How amazing did you look today?! 🔥 I felt like one lucky guy!”
8) 🙈 Monkey Emoji
We’re storming through these flirty emojis now! So next up, we’ve got the monkey covering his eyes emoji.
This is another classic flirty emoji that’s typically used when the guy is flirting and feels embarrassed or shy about it.
Like we said before – maybe he’s not sure how you feel, or where you’re at. He’s putting himself out there a bit, and doesn’t know which way it will go.
It therefore goes best with flirty comments, as opposed to being a sign of flirting itself. For example:
- “Maybe I could take you out next week? 🙈”
- “Can I just say how damn hot you looked last night?! 🙈”
The comments are brave and ballsy – direct and flirty. And so the monkey emoji works with it to soften the flirting.
Another similar emoji to this is the smiling sweating emoji 😅 It means the same thing.
9) 😏 Smirking Emoji
Another one of the less-subtle emojis guys use to flirt, is the smirking emoji. What does 😏 mean from a guy? Well first, let’s take a back-step to establish what 😏 means as a whole.
See, there’s been a lot of speculation over what the smirking emoji means, but Emojipedia (yep that is actually a thing) cleared this up…
“Smirking Face represents the facial expression of a smirk. It’s used to communicate a range of feelings, including smugness, self-confidence, self-indulgence, mischief, cheeky humor, and general satisfaction.
Smirking Face especially implies, however, flirtation and sexual innuendo. In fact, it is often commonly named the “Flirting, Sexual Face, Smug Face, or Suggestive Smile emoji.”
So if a guy sends you a smirking emoji, there’s a good chance he’s trying to be flirty with whatever he’s saying – he’s implying something more than what the words alone read.
Emojis Guys Use To Flirt
We’re coming towards the half-way mark with the emojis guys use to flirt. How are you finding it? Are any of these that are a little surprising?
Remember, when trying to interpret if a guy is sending flirty emojis to you – know his personality. How does he typically act? What would most likely be his “flirting style”?
You should also go off his behaviour in person as well. Does it seem like he’s flirting with you when you’re together too? As the both should nicely align when it comes to how to tell if a guy is flirting with you.
10) 😘 Kissing Emoji
Let’s switch things up now and bring out the loveeee! What does 😘 mean from a guy? Well, if he’s sending you a kiss emoji, he’s sending you a bit of affection.
Maybe he’s not great with his words, but how he feels – well, there’s something there.
A kissing emoji is usually sent with a complement, or kind words / encouragement. So for example:
- Maybe you’ve had a bad day. “Hang on in there babe 😘”
- Or perhaps you’ve had an argument with a friend. “Well, she’d be mad not to want you in her life 😘”
You see? There’s plenty of ways a kissing emoji can be added into a text. It isn’t NEEDED. But it adds a new element to what a person is saying, and again – takes it once more out of the “friend zone” into, “I want something more…” or “I’m here for you, let me be your rock…”
Basically if a guy sends you a kiss emoji, the chances are, he does in fact, want to kiss you! The question is, do you feel the same way about him?!
11) 😍 Love Heart Eyes Emoji
Following on from this, we’ve also got the love heart eyes. If a guy sends you this emoji, he’s basically saying – oh I just love that.
If he’s talking about cars… he’s probably not flirting. (Ha!) But if he’s talking about anything to do with you, he’s definitely giving off those flirty signals!
In fact, the love heart eyes emoji is often one of the emojis guys use when they like you. (Which means it’s more than just flirting as there’s actual real feelings involved!)
What does 😍 mean from a guy? Well, that he loves something. So if he’s sending it when talking about something about you – he’s saying he loves that thing about you, and this may well be, a flirting tactic.
See, he doesn’t have to bring out the love heart eyes. He could simply show appreciation or respect through 👏 or 🙌, but he’s purposely using the LOVE heart eyes emoji, to get the LOVE flowing and show the romantic interest that’s there. On a similar note…
12) 🤩 Starstruck Eyes Emoji
So, the love heart eyes emoji enthusiastically conveys love and infatuation. This is similar to the starstruck emoji 🤩.
What does 🤩 mean from a guy? Well, that he’s pretty much in awe of you.
He doesn’t want to bring the hearts out just yet, but he wants to clearly express his enthusiasm and interest in you, and that’s why the starstruck eyes is more of a middle-ground; a safer option to the similar alternative of 😍.
Either way, the 😍 or 🤩 emojis are definitely ones you want to get from a guy, if you too, are starting to fall for him. So be sure to look out for both of these.
13) ❤️ Love Heart Emoji
Next up, we’ve got the love heart emoji. And I know what you’re thinking…
What about a full on love heart? ❤️ When might a guy use this emoji, and what does it mean? Does it mean that he’s IN LOVE with you?! Well, not necessarily. We don’t need to go that far (yikes!)
Of course, a heart can indicate feelings of LOVE, so this emoji typically comes more frequently at the later stages – once he is falling in love with you (or has completely fallen!)
However, earlier on, he could also simply use the heart emoji to express care, affection or – again – that he really likes (or loves) something. And this usually relates to you if he’s flirting.
So if a guy is using the love heart emoji to flirt, he may incorporate it like:
- “Wow, you really are a special person, aren’t you? ❤️”
- “Damn, I just loved you in that outfit last night! ❤️❤️❤️”
You see how the heart emoji can also be used in excess to soften the “love” aspect of it, but still get across the same point? So it’s a clever one, right?
A similar emoji to this one is also the Smiling Face With Hearts Emoji 🥰
This too, can be used in a similar way. So if you’re getting this one, or the heart emoji (especially if it’s a red heart emoji), it’s certainly a good sign!
14) 🙃 Upside Down Smiley Emoji
Just like in real life – guys have different ways of flirting. Some are better than others at it. And for some it comes more naturally.
So one of the less-recognised emojis guys use to flirt (that can often cause some confusion) is the upside down emoji.
What does 🙃 mean from a guy? Well, it depends on the context of which it’s used.
For example, it could be used next to a cheeky comment, in a similar way to the angel or smirk face… Like, “Yep, there’s nothing to see here!” You know? It’s just a goofier emoji to go with it.
Or it could be when he opens when his flirting gets less subtle or he expresses his emotions (and how much he likes you!) then wonders if he crossed the boundary!
In this context, he may also send the hand over the face emoji instead 🤭 Like, “Oops, did I actually just say that.” Although often it’s totally not accidental!
He likes you, he wants you to know. He just feels a little awkward about it.
15) 😎 Cool Emoji
On the flip side to the flustered, upside down emoji, we’ve then got the Cool Emoji, or the Smiling Face With Sunglasses Emoji (which is widely recognised as cool!)
A guy might use this emoji when he’s trying to play it cool. (Although there’s certainly a right and wrong way to go about “playing it cool!” so you want to make sure you do it properly!)
The fact that he wants to come across in a cool, calm collected manner however (even if he doesn’t feel that way inside), is really quite sweet.
He also wants you to think he’s cool, as he thinks that will be more attractive, so it’s a good indicator that he likes you and is trying to impress!
16) 😋 Yummy Face Emoji
Time for a fun one! Another flirty emoji often used by men is – not just the tongue sticking out emoji – but the YUM emoji.
This basically means – you girl, are delicious. He fancies you and finds you very attractive.
So he may drop it in like, “Wow, how good do you look on this picture? 😋”
Yes, it’s a little animal-like, but – men can be men. Talking of which, we have to touch on the sexual emojis which are also emojis that guys use to flirt…
17) Sexual Emojis
Now I for one, think that men can be a little more tactful when it comes to flirting. They don’t need to overly-sexualise everything, or come across as well, some might say… a creep!
But, there’s no denying, sexual emojis are often used to make messages a little extra flirty. And when done right – they can be pretty fun. So what sexual emojis are there?
Well, there’s probably more than you may think! If you’re unsure, get ready to be WOWED at emoji-creativity here, because here’s a couple of examples to show you what we mean.
So, for instance:
- 🍆 – A “Uh Hum” Yup. If your Grandma uses it when talking about her new ratatouille recipe, it holds its standard form as an eggplant… but if a guy uses it, with a sexual innuendo, he is in fact, referring to his man parts, or using them!
- 🍑 – A Bottom. Another food that takes a different form when it comes to text-talk is a peach. Which makes sense right? You have a nice peachy bum? He’s complementing you with the emoji to match!
Food is becoming an increasingly popular way to refer to anatomy in texts. Click here to see the full list of sexual emojis with different meanings. Fascinating huh?!
But if he’s sending any of these – either on their own (like his own little morse code!) or with the things he’s saying, he is most definitely trying to emojis to flirt with you!
Other popular sexual emojis include: 👅💦 Look familiar? Can you guess what he’s trying to say?! Yup, you know what’s on his mind!
18) 😈 Devil Emoji
Before we move on from the naughty emojis to the nice emojis, I want to highlight another emoji guys use to flirt which is the 😈 devil emoji. After all, this is a super common flirty emoji used by guys.
What does 😈 mean from a guy? Well, that he’s PURPOSELY being naughty with you!
Maybe you’ve met before and he knows there’s that chemistry between you; that spark! Or maybe he’s trying to create it, by testing the water with riskier flirty comments to see how you’ll react.
Either way, he’s releasing that inner devil… And – this time – it’s nothing to do with Halloween!
19) 🤗 Hug Emoji
As we come towards the end of this list, let’s bring it back to some of the sweeter emojis guys use to flirt, shall we?… One’s like, the classic Hugging Face Emoji.
This could indicate a guy wants to initiate affection, but is a little shy about it – that’s why the Hug Emoji also has a slight blush to it!
It can also be used to show thought, and care. Like for example, if you’ve had a bad day. He may add a little hug to it, to send them virtually and to show he feels for you.
Remember – kindness is actually totally underrated, and for the “nice guys” – this is often their love language so if he’s being super kind and thoughtful, it could actually be his way of flirting!
20) 👩❤️👨 Couple With Heart Emoji
Annnnd, we’ve got the couple with a heart emoji!
And I know what you’re thinking: “isn’t that too sweet to be an emoji guys use to flirt?!” Well, actually, no. After all – everyone has different flirting styles.
So, what does 👩❤️👨 mean from a guy? Well, that he feels the “love” between the two of you, and see’s the two of you as a bit of “a thing.”
He’s not just sending love heart eyes at you, or putting an individual face with love hearts around him. He’s saying – “Hey, this is us. We’re on the same page here. We’re feeling this!”
In the earlier days, if he’s using this as a flirty emoji, he may just casually drop it in when confirming plans for a date, or talking about how well the two of you are getting on.
But as time goes on, and things progress, he can also use it to show his feelings are progressing and how he sees you, is progressing…
But one thing you do know for sure – if he’s showing that romantic connection is there between the two of you!
21) 😁 Beaming Face Emoji
Last but not least, we have the beaming face emoji – one of the versions of the smiling emoji, because – researchers have discovered the perfect “flirting face”, includes a slight smile, and so, smiling emojis can be a flirty emoji too!
So, what does 😁 mean from a guy? Well, what do you do in real life when you fancy someone? You smile a lot. It’s basically the same thing on message – although this is certainly one of the more subtle emojis guys use to flirt.
They’ll also help to keep the conversation light and fun, whilst showing you he’s enjoying talking to you. (Cute!)
He’s putting that effort in. He’s being enthusiastic. You aren’t just getting half-hearted answers all the time. So a little extra smiley emoji should certainly not be discounted.
What Emojis Do Guys Use To Flirt?
These are the most used flirty emojis and for each one – you now have an explanation as to what they mean! (Woohoo. That makes things a little easier, right?!)
Feel more prepared in interpreting those texts? Is he flirting with you? What’s he trying to say here? Hopefully this has helped to clear things up!
Want to flirt with him? Remember – you can use these emojis in the same way!
Just be bold. Be brave. And have fun with it. Flirting by text is the easiest way to flirt, and you don’t need to fear rejection…
He doesn’t send the same vibe back? Who cares?! You’re testing the waters – seeing if there could be something there, that’s all.
So go for it girl! Happy dating.