What is the meaning of the smiley 👻?

We're all familiar with the term ghost. Basically, it's the spiritual entity that separates from the body after death. In most funeral rites, the mortal remains are wrapped in a white shroud. This is why the ghost has always been depicted with a white cloth, whether in a cartoon or a film, and even as an emoji.

This article is precisely written to tell you a little more about the 👻 ghost emoji, its origin, meaning and characteristics.

Image illustration of ghost emoji

👻: The meaning of the ghost emoji

This emoji belongs to the group of emojis whose theme is "party disguise". However, it is also one of the emojis with a “supernatural” theme. In terms of appearance, it is inspired by classic representations of the ghost, that is to say with an out-of-white, rather vaporous or cloudy appearance.

The difference with the popular ghost figure is that the ghost emoji is represented with a smile stretching out its tongue for amusing effect, just like the ghost emoji. the tongue-tied emoji. Depending on the platform, it may also appear with a wink, such as the winking face emoji to look comical, or with one eye disproportionate to the other for hilarious effect. The emoji usually features arms in a V sign.

  • The ghost emoji is used in a humorous toneeven if it is sometimes associated with themes of spiritualism, of the witchcraft and fetish parties (during Halloween scenes, for example).
  • In secondary education, it is used to create a climate of complicity in a discussion, to scoff without turning nasty, in order to lecture someone as a result of its elusiveness, for example.
  • It also designates a elusive nature of a particular person.
Picture illustration of the different appearances of the ghost emoji
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Here are some examples of sentences that can be associated with the ghost emoji:

  1. As usual, you have to leave without saying goodbye to anyone 👻 👻 👻.
  2. Do you like watching horror movies 👻? I adore.
  3. OMG, he's back to life after months of absence?👻⚰️

The ghost smiley usually goes wonderfully well with thescared screaming face emojibut you can combine it with any emoji as long as you're teasing a specific person.

Origin of this ghost emoji

This emoji is from a 2007 and 2009 proposal, the details of which are presented below:

Proposal number 1

  • Number : L2/07-257
  • Last name : Working Draft Proposal for Encoding Emoji Symbols (Associated tables in ZIP file)
  • Proposed by : Markus Scherer, Kat Momoi, Mark Davis
  • Year of proposal: 2007
  • Number of emojis belonging to the same proposal: 753
  • Case : No.257, 2007 HTML: EMOJI WD / No.257, 2007 ZIP: EMOJI WD TABLE

Proposal number 2

  • Number : L2/09-026
  • Last name : Emoji Symbols Proposed for New Encoding
  • Proposed by : Kat Momoi, Markus Scherer, Mark Davis, Yasuo Kida, Peter Edberg (Apple Inc.), Darick Tong (Google Inc.)
  • Year of proposal: 2009
  • Number of emojis belonging to the same proposal: 753
  • Case : No.026, 2009 PDF: R EMOJI PROPOSED / No.026, 2009 PDF: EMOJI PROPOSED

Proposal L2/07‑257(2007), L2/09‑026(2009) was approved by the Unicode Consortium and in 2015-06-02 it was released as Emoji version 1.0.

Characteristics of the ghost smiley

Discover in the table below the characteristics of the ghost emoji:

Version 1.0 (2015-06-09)
Usual name Phantom
Category Smilies and Emotions
Sub-category Face-suit
Apple designation Phantom
code point U+1F47B Copy
Decimal ALT+128123
unicode 6.0 (2010-10-11)
Key words face-ghost-fantasy-monster-creature
Other names

· Emoji chimera;

Ectoplasm Emoji;

Casper Emoji;

· Ghost Emoji.


Now you know how to integrate the 👻 ghost emoji into your posts or comments. Don't hesitate to use it to add dynamism and fun to your texts!

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