informal
: fear of missing out : fear of not being included in something (such as an interesting or enjoyable activity) that others are experiencing
If anyone in history should have died from FOMO, it would be Emily Dickinson, an agoraphobe who virtually never left her house …O. The Oprah Magazine
In 2018, I was in Rome for Thanksgiving—the first time I had been out of the country for a major holiday. My family never felt so far away, and all I wanted was to be home. This was dramatic, of course, brought on by end-of-semester stress and strong FOMO.Gretchen Wright
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Examples of FOMO in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Weigh your priorities First, gut-check your travel plans against FOMO: the fear of missing out. Nerdwallet, The Mercury News, 13 May 2024 Those heading to California for the event this year don't have to worry about FOMO, but there are plenty of other things to still keep in mind. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 12 Apr. 2024 The fear of missing out, FOMO, is an acute form of regret. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Apr. 2024 But the whirlwind romance that brought together top-tier investors and a startup in the tech industry’s most promising sector is also a reminder of the hype, FOMO, and dangerous delusions currently fueling Silicon Valley’s love affair with artificial intelligence. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2024 Mitchell Green, founder and CEO of Lead Edge Capital, a growth equity firm that has $5 billion in assets under management and invests in technology companies has a one word-explanation: FOMO. Luisa Beltran, Fortune, 28 Feb. 2024 The recent wave of investment in HGT companies fueled by low interest rates and FOMO led some venture capital and nontraditional investors to make mistakes that are now just starting to be recognized. Raphaëlle D’ornano, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 And for those who missed it, Skidmore-Williams says the soothing range of scents, including White Sage + Lavender and Cinnamon Vanilla, might help numb that lingering FOMO. Leigh-Ann Jackson, wsj.com, 19 Oct. 2023 Unfortunately for Paradigm, the firm did not heed its initial misgivings, and, in what appears to have been a case of pure venture capital FOMO, instead pressed ahead all the same with its Series B investment. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune Crypto, 11 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

2004, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of FOMO was in 2004

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“FOMO.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/FOMO. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

FOMO

noun
ˈfō-mō
: fear of missing out
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