An emoticon generally meant to look like a face with a tongue hanging out. like other emoticons/smileys, it's frequently used in IM conversations, forum posts text messages, etc., especially by younger people. It usually signifies one of the following:

1. Somewhat sheepish (but good-humored) acknowledgment of (usually one's own) silliness, foolishness, absentmindedness, or ineptness. While often used to reflect one's own state, it is also used in reference to others or situations.

2. Mild disgust, in other words, a stand-in for "ew" "yuck". (More profound revulsion can be expressed with "XP", which is similarly meant to depict a hanging tongue, but adds eyes squinted shut or nearly shut)

3. Tongue sticking out tauntingly. (Less common. As said earlier, :P is usually is interpreted as a tongue *hanging* out, not protruding straight forward)

This emoticon is a less literal depiction of expression than some other emoticons. For instance, someone who says in an IM conversation "I totally flunked the history test today :P" would not be likely to actually let his or her tongue actually loll out thus if the same conversation was held face-to-face. It probably has its roots in long standing cartoon practice of showing stupid/knocked-out/dazed people with their tongues limply hanging out like a dog's tongue on a hot day.

The P is often capitalized, but not always. Additionally, there are variants forms like :-P, =P, :b, :-b, :-Þ, , etc.
1. "I suck at football :P"
2. "Ugh, that fat, hairy, naked guy bicycled past my house again today. :P"
3. "I got the lead role in the play, so ha! :P"
by PlayGo April 27, 2010
a sexual innuendo, a way to jokingly imply sexual desire, indirect sexual insinuation, sexual reference by not saying that you want a person, sexual gesture that can either be a joke or not.
I wish I had someone here to brush my hair... :P
You are prettier than her. :p
by iainttellingnoone April 17, 2011
the most annoying thing my boyfriend sends over every text message. meaning a tongue sticking out at you. things like ":p", "::PPP" and "d:" can also be used but please in moderation.
text convo:
me: hey what's up?
my bf: nm u? ::PP
me: OMFG KNOCK THAT OFF!
by shawty royal June 18, 2008
a dude with a hat.
Dumbledore: I just saw a :p
by dumbledore's armyMLIA July 02, 2010
an emote meaning 1 of 2 things depending how immature you are.

1) A tounge sticking out
2) A tounge sticking out into a female
Kyle: :P
Moshi: O.O
by PsychosocialKyle January 23, 2009
Tung Sticking Out,similair to :b,but the tung is on a different side.
your cool:p
by asdfghj asdfg July 10, 2008
Someone sticking their tongue out at you, possibly wanteding to lick or suck you
A: :-p
B: Ooooh, that felt good
by bno September 07, 2003
When you see this figure in an e-mail or on a webpage it means that some dumbass, who spends wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too much time on messenger and can't get their head out of their ass to write a proper statement.
"so I hope you enjoy this webpage I just made! :P"
by g-prime604 December 07, 2004

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