: a style of rock music influenced by punk rock and featuring introspective and emotionally fraught lyrics
In emo, the heart forever hurts, and the ultra-introspective songwriter pines for beautiful death.Robert Sullivan
emo adjective
The film is sensitively directed, full of emo songs and quiet little character moments. Kyle Smith

Examples of emo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Miami Heat forward went viral in October after debuting an ‘emo’ look at Media Day. Trisha Garcia-Easto, Sacramento Bee, 29 Feb. 2024 Beloved and influential acts such as the Dismemberment Plan and Cap’n Jazz are reuniting for the inaugural Best Friends Forever festival, which has rounded up a massive lineup of emo, hardcore and ’90s/00’s-era artists for its Oct. 10-13 debut at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. Spin Staff, SPIN, 27 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for emo 

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Word History


short for emotional

First Known Use

1988, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of emo was in 1988

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“Emo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emo. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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