What Do Emojis On Grindr Mean? What You Need To Know

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Since their invention, emojis have been used to convey a wealth of different meanings and emotions, including flirting with others online.

Using words won’t always get your message across, whereas a well-placed eggplant can be the visual aid needed to tell people just how much you want them.

What Do Emojis On Grindr Mean? What You Need To Know

With the rise of dating apps online, emojis have become an important part of communicating with potential hook-ups.

Use the wrong emoji, and the promise of that night of passion could all fall apart.


In this article, we take a look at some of the most popular emojis used on the hookup app Grindr and what they mean. 

What Is Grindr?

Grindr is described as the world’s largest dating app for gay, bi, trans and queer people.

It started in 2009 and at the time was used primarily for men looking to hook up with other men. 

When you sign up, you can upload a photo of yourself along with a description.

Unlike other popular dating apps like Tinder or Bumble, the bio section is typically reserved for stating your sexual preferences. 

Primarily used to promote sexual relationships, Grindr even has an option to state what kind of sexual preference you have, be that ‘top’, ‘bottom’ or a ‘side’.

The app allows people to hook up and share a night of fun without having to worry about the more romantic side of things. 


Emojis Used On Grindr And What They Mean

Emojis Used On Grindr And What They Mean

There are many different types of emoji used on Grindr, making it difficult to know where to begin.

Some might be familiar, others might take longer to figure out.

Below we take a look at some of the most popular kinds of emojis used on Grindr.


Ah yes! The eggplant emoji. This is probably the most commonly used emoji on the dating site. It is used to show sexual innuendo, with the eggplant acting as a phallic symbol.

Grindr, unlike other dating apps, is unique in its usage of the symbol.

It not only has the standard purple eggplant that we all recognize, but it also has several other variations with a variety of different shades and colors. 

One of the eggplants appears inside of a person’s head, to show that they’re thinking about sex.

Another has the eggplant with a magnifying glass over it, indicating a smaller-sized penis.

In terms of penile length, there is also an eggplant with a ruler next to it for measuring. 

There are so many different types of eggplant variations used in the app, and many of them are self-explanatory.

For example, one has a piercing through the bottom of the eggplant, which is akin to the popular Prince Albert piercing, which goes through the urethra beneath the tip of the penis. 

As well using the eggplant to represent a penis, Grindr also makes use of other food items such as the hot dog.

As well as this, a log with the sun beaming over it can also be used to indicate morning wood. 


Another one of the most popular emojis used on the app is the peach, which symbolizes a backside.

Self-explanatory in nature, this emoji can be used to communicate a desire to engage in some kind of anal play. 

As well as the standard peach, there is also a peach resting on a dinner plate with a knife and fork beside it, this emoji can be used to show a desire to either perform or receive anilingus. 

BDSM Emojis

Some of the most interesting emojis available to use on Grindr are those which represent kink play. 

One of these kink play emojis has a man tied up in leather gear, and another has a pair of hands tied with a rope.

This emoji represents the act of bondage, which involves being restrained by either a rope, tape or bandages.

Another representation of bondage we have is a pair of handcuffs, which are fairly self-explanatory in nature. 

Another one of the emojis on grindr which shows some form of kink play is a man with a paw for a hand.

This represents ‘puppy’ play, a kind of roleplay where one participant plays the role of a non-human animal for sexual pleasure. 

There is also an emoji which has an eye gazing through a peephole, which is representative of the act of voyeurism, where one recieves sexual gratification from observing others while they undress or perform sexual acts. 

Final Thoughts

There are so many different kinds of emojis out there which can be used to convey different meanings.

With the inclusion of things such as the BDSM emojis on Grindr, users can more easily convey prefrences for different kinds of sexual activities.