The Rise of the Fire Emoji

The Rise of the Fire Emoji

Emojis have become an essential part of our present-day communicative ways. They have become part of the virtual language we use every day as technology evolves, so as these tiny graphics. From its pixelated origins to such defined curves of high-quality images, they could effectively replace words to convey a message.

Millennials have been using emojis since its invention in the 90s to replace words. Emojis are used as various small images or icons; these tiny graphics have rapidly invaded electronic communication platforms.

One of the most popular emojis being used today is the iconic fire emoji. What is the meaning of the fire emoji? When was it invented? You’ll have to read on and find the answers to these questions.

History of the Fire Emoji

This emoji has been widely used in all social media platforms. Whether you are using it for giving compliments, describing a feeling, promoting a new event, or advertising new products, the fire emoji has been spreading like wildfire!

The emoji fire was released in 2010 as part of the Unicode 6.0. It was eventually added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015. Rumor has it that its invention has taken inspiration from the Hip Hop Culture, where it is used to describe an exciting event or new music as lit.

Meaning of the Fire Emoji

The fire emoji, also known as flame, hot, or lit emoji, consists of the color yellow with a hint of the color red on top. It is popularly used to denote that something is awesome or that something is on fire. It is also used to describe someone as sexy or hot. Its conversational uses are limitless.

Its creation has inspired many uses of the fire emoji, but it is generally used to describe something burning or hot. It has influenced various cultures from all over the internet to express a message differently.

The Fire Emoji When Paired with other Emojis

We all know that communication involves two parties: the sender and the receiver. So depending on the sender’s or the receiver’s mood, the fire emoji may mean one or too many things.

The meaning of the fire emoji becomes more creative as users pair it with other emojis. For instance, when it is paired with the wastebasket emoji, the pair becomes a dumpster fire. As interesting as it looks, the dumpster fire emojis denotes something as a disastrous situation.

People got so creative with pairing the fire and waste bin emojis that they became famous. The pair became so epic that it left the American Dialect Society no choice but to choose it as Word of the Year in 2016. I know it sounds hilarious as it looks.

The Dumpster Fire Emoji

It can be recalled that the dumpster fire pair of emojis became popular on Twitter in 2016 during the U.S. Open. Who can ever forget that moment when the legend of the tennis court, Serena Williams fought against another powerhouse, Naomi Osaka. The U.S. Open final was on fire that people took their amazement on Twitter to describe it with the fire emojis.

Championship game became controversial when Serena Williams threw tantrums at the court’s referees for calling out her violations during the game. People on the internet then described it as a disastrous situation using the combination of the waste bin and fire emojis.

The fire emoji can also be paired with other emojis to convey a funny message. It can also be paired with some of the other nasty emojis to describe something negative or to use the combination as an insult.


The fire emoji has been epically used on all social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to describe many things negatively or positively. It has made famous people look hot or look disastrous. So if you ever choose to use these emojis, make sure to always choose the right one and don’t make the mistakes others have made.

Now that you know its colloquial definition and its many uses conveying, your messages are endless. You can pair the fire emoji with some other emojis to say what you want to say about a person or a situation. Just remember to be creative in every message you deliver online.