\ ˈē-(ˌ)mō How to pronounce emo (audio) \

Definition of emo

: 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

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Other Words from emo

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 Black/Brown Dark tulips, nasturtiums, chocolate lace, and hellebore will all go straight to your emo goth’s heart. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Roses Are Dead, Violets Are Too: Here’s a Better Way to Bouquet," 12 Feb. 2020 On Wednesday, the beloved emo group released a whole batch of new dates for a reunion tour this fall. Christian Holub, EW.com, "My Chemical Romance announce plans to hit the road for reunion tour," 29 Jan. 2020 Beloved emo rock band My Chemical Romance returned to the concert stage on Friday for the first time in seven years. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "My Chemical Romance play their first concert in seven years," 21 Dec. 2019 Eventually, Fall Out Boy's emo and pop-punk approach gave way to bold, radio-friendly sounds. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Fall Out Boy fires up Ohio State, Wisconsin fans before Big Ten championship game," 7 Dec. 2019 The band leans toward metal, with clipped and heavy riffs played at galloping speed, and the vocals suggest emo with their harmonies and heaving delivery. John Adamian, courant.com, "Pop-punk Four Year Strong bringing acoustic tour to the Webster," 8 Nov. 2019 There are punk and emo kids from the Valley who would literally be like YES! EW.com, "The real story behind the star-studded Charlie's Angels theme song," 6 Nov. 2019 Eilish’s music is rooted in pop with flourishes of electro, emo and goth. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Billie Eilish draws the loudest Houston crowd in recent memory," 11 Oct. 2019 Born and raised in Chicago, Juice made rap music in the Midwest emo mold: dispirited, melodic, cathartic. Briana Younger, The New Yorker, "The Beautiful Vulnerability of Juice WRLD," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of emo

1988, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for emo

short for emotional

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Last Updated

18 Feb 2020

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“Emo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emo. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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