Definition of emo
: a style of rock music influenced by punk rock and featuring introspective and emotionally fraught lyrics
Recent Examples of emo from the Web
My rebellious (in a fake nose piercing type of way) teenage self was totally sold on this transformation, buying into the emo-alt culture that at the time seemed very novel.
But remember, this emo energy is all about the POWER of your feelings, and your ability to let tenderness also be totally badass.
Since 2010, this Illinois five-piece has made zippy emo by combining snappy choruses, sugary three-chord punch, and heartfelt, sometimes amusing lyrics about growing up, struggling, and self-acceptance.
Don't cry too many tears, my fellow emo kids and skaters – Vans won spot numero dos in 48 states.
Listeners will hear an array of influences, from folk and chamber music to rock, emo and bluegrass.
As the frontman of the popular emo-infused, pop-rock band Panic! at the Disco, Brendon Urie might be expected to play it cool, a little jaded maybe.
Have people warmed towards Paramore’s dropping of the mall emo look?
The punk-, prog- and emo-leaning acts made their respective Rebellion debuts.
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Origin and Etymology of emo
short for emotional
First Known Use: 1988See Words from the same year
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