Origin: Chinese web
Meaning: Sad, depressed, embarrassed 😩
Jiǒng 囧 is used as the emoticon 😳 and means embarrassed, sad, depressed. Its original meaning was “光明“ bright, open-hearted. It completely changed its meaning since people started to use it on the internet, on blogs and on Chinese SNS as an emoticon, becoming an ideogram. We can say it has become one of the most popular Chinese character of our century.
Need to know: it has been defined as the most popular character of the 21st century
Related words: 㚻, 兲, 巭, 烎, 靐, 氼, 嫑
In use: “不小心做了一个囧事儿” ( I didn’t pay attention and did an embarrassing thing)
Interesting things: We can trace the origin of this character back to the first Chinese bone carvings writing system
You can find many tongue-twisters using this word on Baidu.com; we suggest you this one: