The speak no evil monkey, called Iwazaru (Japanese for “say not”), one of the Three Wise Monkeys. Depicted as the brown 🐵 Monkey Face with its tan or pinkish hands covering its mouth.
The Three Wise Monkeys represent the proverb see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil, frequently interpreted as a call to discretion or figure for willful ignorance.
Often used as a playful way to convey I can’t believe what I just said!, express a mischievous Oops!, or communicate a secret-keeping I won’t say a word. May be used to similar effect as 🤭 Face With Hand Over Mouth or 🤐 Zipper Mouth.
See also 🙈 See-No-Evil Monkey and 🙉 Hear-No-Evil Monkey.
Speak-No-Evil Monkey was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.