Definition of emo in English:

emo

(also emocore)

Pronunciation /ˈēmō/ /ˈimoʊ/

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noun

  • 1A style of rock music resembling punk but having more complex arrangements and lyrics that deal with more emotional subjects.

    ‘While the lyrics are kind of abstract and emotional the way emo is, this is a pure indie CD.’
    • ‘We weren't a bedroom pop outfit by any stretch; back then we played dour, emotionally apoplexed emocore.’
    • ‘Their music has been categorized as punk emo, and even pop.’
    • ‘I like emo and some pop punk bands.’
    • ‘They hold a rather unique style of music, they're not quite rock, punk, or emo.’
    • ‘So this is what happens when you mix goth and emo with a major-label budget?’
    • ‘Not wanting to wallow in the dead-end mud of emo, the boys have decided to evolve their sound.’
    • ‘In short, it's a record that forges its own new genre: emo for adults.’
    • ‘While Mock Orange have always been classified as emo, the group tends to leans more towards sunny indie-rock than tortured punk.’
    • ‘Emo isn't dead, it just needs more bands like this.’
    • ‘Leaving emo behind, The Only Children take the roots-rock and country-folk route, drenched in acoustic guitar and pedal steel.’
    • ‘In the States we attract a lot more kids just because we're the opposite of everything that the "cool" kids are doing like nu-metal and emo.’
    • ‘This is what emo wishes it was: mature and catchy without being whiny and anti-climactic.’
    • ‘Throughout their set of high-energy emo they thanked any audience member within a 20 foot radius for moving closer to the stage.’
    • ‘The quartet specializes in old-school emo.’
    • ‘Most of the bands we knew started playing emo, got the shaggy haircuts and started wearing tight t-shirts.’
    • ‘Half of the album is emo, the band have completely abandoned playing any jazz.’
    • ‘With all the attention that emo has been getting over the last few years, it's no surprise that more and more bands are popping out of the woodwork.’
    • ‘They were always a little too loud and clever to be emo.’
    • ‘There is a very wide variety of emo.’
    1. 1.1A fan of emo music or a member of the subculture associated with it.
      ‘I'm not one of those emos who are always crying—I just want to make that clear’
      • ‘Katy's boyfriend was there too, he was sort of an emo - but he was really awesome at skateboarding and stuff apparently.’
      • ‘Being an Emo, for instance, is a great way to avoid the hard questions of who are you and what have you done?’
      • ‘Amid the furore, little has been heard from the emos themselves.’
      • ‘He had always thought James was a closet case like a lot of emos.’
      • ‘I suspect that emos will be running the country in 20-30 years.’
      • ‘Introverted, unthreatening, wimpy and polite when approached, it isn't immediately obvious why emos have suddenly become national hate figures.’
      • ‘Many emos are intelligent, sociable, highly organised, and more than capable of making a concerted collective response.’
      • ‘In common with many emos, Sam wore alternative black or dark clothing and had long hair, which attracted the bullies.’
      • ‘Chicks dig the hipsters and the emos.’
      • ‘And like their counterparts in Mexico and Russia, Egyptian emos have more to worry about than just being mocked by their peers; they are now being actively targeted by the police.’
      • ‘The revelation that emos may have been responsible for the stencilled graffiti merely played in to an existing narrative of fear and distrust.’
      • ‘Strikingly apolitical and averse to the urgent rebelliousness of others, emos are happy to admit that they have no ideology beyond insisting on their right to do what they want.’
      • ‘Emos say the bashing incidents have increased and the habitual harassment intensified.’
      • ‘The Emos regard themselves as a cool, young sub-set of the Goths.’
      • ‘Emos also attract attention for self-harming.’
      • ‘The emos who hang out in Mexico City's Insurgentes Circle, distant relations of our own kohl-eyed musical mopes, face constant harassment from corrupt police and local punks.’
      • ‘The emos and the chavs (ironically, both factions are associated with hooded tops) are merely the latest social dichotomy to publicly clash.’
      • ‘Now there are emos in schools nationwide, alongside the plethora of more established tribes.’
      • ‘Discerning readers were offered tips for identifying emos: they were "driven by punk and emotion", wore "guyliner" and "manscarer" and were to be found "loitering in streets often dismal and in tears".’
      • ‘There's no need to be scared of a group of emos as they're more likely to harm themselves than you.’

adjective

  • Denoting or relating to emo and its associated subculture.

    ‘an emo band’
    • ‘emo kids’
    • ‘Charlie is a bit of an emo kid - a bit emotional.’
    • ‘There's definitely kind of an emo edge to our music.’
    • ‘From what people tell me this album has more of an emo feel in some places.’
    • ‘Aww, geez, Greg - I don't wanna be in an emo band!’
    • ‘"We didn't set out to be an emo band," says the bassist.’
    • ‘I'm still an emo kid.’
    • ‘We played with an emo band at Listen, and it actually went over surprisingly well.’
    • ‘He has hair that hangs over his ears and looks like a combination of the Beatles and an emo kid.’
    • ‘I guess that's an emo thing?’
    • ‘I'm tempted to get an emo haircut, who dares me?’
    • ‘I really like my brother, but he's 14 and going through an emo stage and he just acts all the time like he hates me.’
    • ‘My husband would scornfully call me an emo girl trapped in the body of a grown woman.’
    • ‘They're a punk band not an emo band and they're very hard working.’
    • ‘The 25-year-old divorcee seems destined to be stuck as an emo teenager for the rest of her career.’
    • ‘The chorus here wouldn't sound out of place at all in an emo song.’
    • ‘The melodies and harmonies make it sound like it belongs on an emo record.’
    • ‘Blogging seems appropriate for an emo kid trapped in the body of a nu-metal lead singer, but what about a thuggish, ruggish street poet?’
    • ‘The teenager fell in love with the fictitious guitarist who portrayed himself as a member of the "emo" subculture.’
    • ‘The band's third full-length finds the quartet continuing to reach beyond the limits prescribed by their emo roots.’
    • ‘That emo crowd hates us but we don't care.’

Origin

1980s short for emotional hardcore.