15 PDA Emojis to Show Physical Affection, Virtually

Physical Display of Affection. Ironic, of course. Effective? Hell, yes!

Love is not just romance. Itโ€™s a huge spectrum of different actions that all mean the same thing; love. Oh, and if youโ€™re unfamiliar, love is a verb, not a noun. So, physical affection is one of the ways of showing love.

Human touch is a lot more powerful than we think.

When we say โ€œphysical affectionโ€, it can be as blunt as holding hands or even a peck on the forehead. Not everything physical is to do with sex and not everything sexual is to do with the physical (something to think about).

Anyway, coming back onto the topic weโ€™re here to elaborate โ€“ here are our top emoji picks for showing physical affection. Hence, our definition of PDA = Physical Display of Affection and not public.

#1 Hugs

Hugging Face Emoji 1

๐Ÿค— Hugging Face Emoji

A yellow ๐Ÿ˜Š Smiling Face with a pair of ๐Ÿ‘ Jazz Hands may not exactly seems like a face thatโ€™s sending out hugs, but it is, in the emoji world..

Given the discretion, ๐Ÿค— could be the best emoji to show physical affection to people youโ€™re neither โ€œphysically involvedโ€ with or those who are in and outside the โ€œcircle of acquaintanceโ€.

Front Facing Baby Chick Emoji

๐Ÿฅ Front-Facing Baby Chick Emoji

First of all, this baby staring at you with its teenie tiny wings wide open is an adorable emoji version of a hug. And ๐Ÿฅ is a cute way of sending virtual hugs to anyone; friends, family, lovers, etc. The chick loves all!

  • Aw. Donโ€™t worry. Weโ€™ll get through this together ๐Ÿฅ
Open Hands Emoji

๐Ÿ‘ Open Hands Emoji

Though ๐Ÿ‘ is part of ๐Ÿค—, it can be a hugger by itself too. However, this emoji is to be used in a strictly virtual and objective setup. Because ๐Ÿ‘ could give out that โ€œrudeโ€ vibe in subjective contexts.

  • Lots of love to everyone who contributed ๐Ÿ‘
  • Itโ€™s all a matter of time, love ๐Ÿ‘
    (Um. Excuse me? Were you trying to be โ€œannoyingly straightforwardโ€? Rude? Telling me something I donโ€™t know?)
  • The possibilities are endless. Hence, itโ€™s always important to know your audience.
โŠ› People Hugging Emoji

๐Ÿซ‚ People Hugging Emoji

Donโ€™t ever underestimate silhouettes.

๐Ÿซ‚ may not have real faces on it (or emoji ones), but it sends a clear and strong message. A warm hug between two people! This oneโ€™s definitely for the closer and closest circles.

  • Itโ€™s alright, dude. Things like these take time. Iโ€™m always here, kay? ๐Ÿซ‚

#2 Kisses

๐Ÿ˜— Kissing Face

๐Ÿ˜— Kissing Face

As you can tell, this section of the list (like the others) would work its way up to more affection. Hence, kickstarting with the least.

Although ๐Ÿ˜— says โ€˜kissing faceโ€™, it could symbolize a wide-eyed whistling face too. But sticking to facts, this emoji is best for platonic conversations and any other type of communication that has zero love interest.

Kissing Face With Smiling Eyes

๐Ÿ˜™ Kissing Face With Smiling Eyes Emoji

Smiling while kissing suggests a sense of joy in showing physical affection. It does not come free for everyone, of course. It ought to be earned.

๐Ÿ˜™ could be a kissing face to convey familial love, the kind you have for your family, and friends. But, not the closest circle. This emoji would be perfect for people who are invited to the wedding but not the bachelorette.

Kissing Face With Closed Eyes

๐Ÿ˜š Kissing Face With Closed Eyes Emoji

We all know that one (or more) person/people who make us blush. No, honey. Not talking about the flaky ones. The real ones.

Blushing is a facial and physiological reaction to something that overwhelming to an extent (it can be negative and positive).

๐Ÿ˜š is especially for those who make you feel a little more special than the people who fit into the previous two emojis. However, that โ€œlittle moreโ€ is not the โ€œbestโ€, yet, and thatโ€™s the distinction.

๐Ÿ˜˜ Face Blowing a Kiss

๐Ÿ˜˜ Face Blowing a Kiss Emoji

Weโ€™re acquainted enough with the โค๏ธ Heart to know that this pagan symbol means love, without a doubt. But, that too, has itโ€™s variants.

๐Ÿ˜˜ does not speak only the language of bodies. Since it shows warmth and affection, this emoji is for all those you truly love. The kind where youโ€™d โ€œdo anythingโ€. Neednโ€™t be romantic per se.

Kiss Mark Emoji

๐Ÿ’‹ Kiss Mark Emoji

A lipstick mark. Now, this oneโ€™s purely physical. Nothing sapiosexual, platonic, or even brotherly in here (well, unless the Lannisters are reading this).

๐Ÿ’‹ is a symbol of physical affection that surpasses formality. Itโ€™s a mark of seduction, romance, love, and probably even lust!

Mouth Emoji

๐Ÿ‘„ Mouth Emoji

A mouth is bound to do more than just kissing. It can be a replacement for the exit (bodily exit). It could curse, abuse, promise, vocalize affirmations, words of compassion, love, and hate too.

But, in this framework, the focus is physical affection. You could use ๐Ÿ‘„ to express kisses, but you get to decide if you wish to upgrade the usage of this emoji depending on your relationship with the person.

Woman Man Emoji

๐Ÿ’ Kiss: Woman, Man Emoji

๐Ÿ’ is the epitome of a romantic relationship. Assuming weโ€™re all on the same page now, this emoji can be settled as the most intimate kiss of all.

There are other variations of ๐Ÿ’ โ€“ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ’‹โ€๐Ÿ‘ฉ Two Women Kissing, and ๐Ÿ‘จโ€โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ’‹โ€๐Ÿ‘จ Two Men Kissing that work just the same for different people in love/relationship.

#3 Holding Hands

People Holding Hands Emoji

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿง‘ People Holding Hands Emoji

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿง‘ is evidently a gender-neutral emoji. We donโ€™t know the sexual orientation of these two people. Neither do we know the relationship between the two.

Ainโ€™t it so beautiful and simple when we cannot guess the personal lives and stories of people? Itโ€™s a sign of minding our own business!

But, ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿง‘ are two people holding hands, thus becoming another way of showing physical affection. It may seem like a little but we know it means quite a lot.

Men Holding Hands Emoji

๐Ÿ‘ฌ Men Holding Hands Emoji

Hereโ€™s a couple with two men, males, boys, in it. Now, they could be besties, brothers, or even lovers! Itโ€™s not for us to decide. All that matters here is that they love each other, hence they choose to hold hands.

Women Holding Hands Emoji

๐Ÿ‘ญ Women Holding Hands Emoji

When the term โ€œphysical affectionโ€ comes up, itโ€™s not just to do with your relationship with someone. It could also be a symbol of oneness too.

As much as ๐Ÿ‘ญ signifies a romantic relationship, a pair of siblings, two best friends, etc., it could also look like a human chain when multiplied โ€“ ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ญ. Thus, suggesting unity.

Woman And Man Holding Hands Emoji

๐Ÿ‘ซ Woman and Man Holding Hands Emoji

Ah, here we are! The most idolized couple! It so happens that even if the people in ๐Ÿ‘ซ are not in a relationship, theyโ€™re somehow summed up to it.

This emoji could refer to best friends (like the other pairs holding hands), siblings, twins, anything! As important as it is to recognize ๐Ÿ‘ซ as a pair in romantic love, this emoji could also suggest other forms of love.

Physical affection is different from physical relationships. There are no benefits here, all for love and loveโ€™s sake. Again, all love is not romantic love.

Truth is, we cannot exist sanely without it. Both love, and physical affection and affirmation. Humans like other species need it, if not more. So during the times you cannot physically be there for someone, we hope these emojis come to the rescue!