🤷 Shrug Emoji

shrug, shruggie


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Technical information

Name Shrug
Unicode number
Block Supplemental Symbols and Pictographs
Unicode version: 9.0 (2016)
Emoji version: 3.0 (2016)
Emoji category: People & Body
Emoji subcategory: Person gesture


Отображение этого Emoji в разных системах

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Emoji meaning

The shrug emoji in text form is actually called a kaomodji. Kaomoji is a popular Japanese emoticon style made of Japanese katakana alphabet and punctuation. This particular kaomodji was created with a character ツ (tsu) to represent a pair of eyes and a smirking mouth, and various other Unicode characters, which together form shrugging arms. Shrugging Person is a way of describing your condition, when you don't know the solution to some problem, and the whole situation seems a real mess, but you couldn't care less:

Small business: We are not working due to coronavirus lockdown. How are we supposed to pay our rent?

Government: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

There are various theories about how it was born. First, it seems to be a successful visualisation of the popular meme “I Dunno LOL”. It describes a reaction when you don’t know the answer, and the quesstion itself is puzzling. A shrug japanese emoji carries a tinge of funny despair and has an intonation of a rhetorical question.

The shrugging text guy became virus on the Internet back in 2009, when Kanye West spoiled the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards by interrupting Taylor Swift’s award acceptance speech. He walked onto the stage to say that Beyoncé, her opponent, had one of the best videos of all time! Being sorry for what he just did, he shrugged and handed the microphone back to Swift and then left the stage. That is how the man shrug emoji was made, and it instantly became popular on Twitter.

Shrug Emoji

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ have been popular long enough to get its own Emoji 🤷‍♀️. This emoji is also known as “Shruggie”.

At the moment Shruggie has different skin tones and genders. In Emoji table you can see girl and boys shrugging in puzzlement.

How to make the Shrug Emoji ¯\_(ツ)_/¯?

The «smugshrug» symbol is one of the most difficult emoticons to type. It consists of several symbols, and you have to type each symbol separately. It is much easier to select shrug emoji on our website, copy and paste: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

Shrug was approved as part of Unicode 9.0 in 2016 and added to Emoji 3.0 in 2016.

Text is also available in the following languages: Русский; Español;


Age 9.0
Block Supplemental Symbols and Pictographs
Bidi Paired Bracket Type None
Composition Exclusion No
Case Folding 1F937
Simple Case Folding 1F937


Encoding hex dec (bytes) dec binary
UTF-8 F0 9F A4 B7 240 159 164 183 4036994231 11110000 10011111 10100100 10110111
UTF-16BE D8 3E DD 37 216 62 221 55 3627998519 11011000 00111110 11011101 00110111
UTF-16LE 3E D8 37 DD 62 216 55 221 1054357469 00111110 11011000 00110111 11011101
UTF-32BE 00 01 F9 37 0 1 249 55 129335 00000000 00000001 11111001 00110111
UTF-32LE 37 F9 01 00 55 249 1 0 939065600 00110111 11111001 00000001 00000000

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