The 😊 meaning is Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes. It is also known as ^^, Smile, Happy Face or Smiley Face. What is the meaning of the laughing emoji with the red cheeks and eyes that look like an upside down U? The grinning Emoji 😊 is often seen as a shy and restrained smile and is comparable to the classic smiley ^^ comparable. You often see this emoji by people who, for example, receive a compliment and thus express their joy, but are a little ashamed of it. This Emoji was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 and thus in the year 2010 and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.