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The Emoticon " :\ " can be used in a multitude of different ways. In general, however, it means the person is confused about something, and either hurt, concerned, or doubtful. Some of the ways it can be used are:

1. When following a question, can be used as a confused, concerned prompt.

2. When following an odd statement, can mean confusion, and a prompt for an explanation. Sometimes followed with "?".

3. When following certain statements, can mean the person is hurt, and wondering if the person is really serious, or playing around. Usually preceded by a "?" prompt.

4. Can mean "Sigh, that's not very helpful... Could you be more specific?"

5. Can mean "Ouch... What was that for?"

6. Can be used simply to express the person feels hurt and confused.

7. Can be used to express that the person is somewhat doubtful.

It's often used in text messaging, emails and IMs. Like all Emoticons, it won't be found in some places, where the style of writing is too formal (i.e. blogs, manuals, eBooks, etc.), it won't be found, and should not be used.
1. What's wrong? :\

2. Person A (out of the blue): I like these!
Person B: :\ ?

3. Person A: I can't believe you.
Berson B: ? :\

4. Person A: Idk.
Person B: :\

5. Person A: You're really strange.
Person B: :\

6. What did I do? :\ Why are you upset with me?

7. Person A: Nothing's wrong.
Person B: :\ Okay.
by A. Prog. April 24, 2010
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an unsatisfied give-in

doesn't mean 'you're stupid'
jerk: i have to go
winner: :\
winner: fine
by winner June 09, 2004
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1)text expression for confusion or response to an akward comment
2)text symbol for a gastro intestinal malfunction indicating the soiling of ones pants
1) AssHat-"whats funnier than a pile of dead babbies? One in the middle trying to eat its way out! lol!"

Ralph- ":\"

2) EXLAX ATTACK! :\
by DonkeyThunder March 03, 2003
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An internet emoticon usually used to show confusion.
Person 1 "Dude that new virus totally fucks up your NTFS, re-writes the registry and copies itself into the system root!

Person 2 :\
by IceWarm July 01, 2004
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Smiley used to convey confusion, pity, etc.
dcolev: ever get so bored and hungry
dcolev: that you are eating out of a jar
Paul Reubens: I used to
dcolev: of penut butter
dcolev: really? :o
Paul Reubens: hold on
Paul Reubens: I used to
Paul Reubens: drink water
Paul Reubens: out of a bowl
Paul Reubens: using a fork
Paul Reubens: when I was bored
dcolev: :\
by dcolev March 08, 2005
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Usually is said in a convo when...

- You have no idea what the fuck the other person has said

- The other person is being a total asshole

- When asking a question
by Anonymous August 26, 2003
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A stupid little emoticon used by teeny boppers

Looks like it it
Skeptical-type
U r the coolezt roflzz
:\ ?
by larstait October 15, 2003
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