\ˈē-(ˌ)mō \

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

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The group’s cheeky blends of cathartic, uplifting emo and propulsive pop-punk come through in short, sizzling bursts—like drops of milk dribbled into a bowl of Rice Krispies. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Chicago trio Retirement Party blend emo and pop-punk to score their early adulthood," 7 June 2018 Melding traditional folk with emo and early indie influences creates a fantastical ambience. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "5 must-see concerts in Chicago this week: Angel Olsen, The Districts, Signal-to-Noise," 5 Dec. 2017 Though he was billed primarily as a rapper, XXXTentacion also dabbled in genres like punk and emo, favoring a lo-fi aesthetic that came from recording at home instead of in professional studios. New York Times, "XXXTentacion Signed $10 Million Album Deal Before His Death," 8 July 2018 The Strawberry Girls periodically pairs up with different guest vocalists on its records, which creates an interesting patchwork effect with different singers altering the vibe, taking things in an emo, hip-hop or pop direction. John Adamian, courant.com, "Britney Spears, Tory Lanez, Kimya Dawson: Seven Concert Highlights," 7 July 2018 Dystopian though the thought is, Lil Peep exemplified the arrival of self-annihilation as a trending topic for a new generation of performers who borrow from nu metal, grunge, emo, and punk. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Linkin Park Gave to Pop Music," 25 June 2018 Hosted at the Agora, Spring Fling celebrates indie, alt and emo rock over the span of two days. cleveland.com, "Ohio music festival guide 2018: 31 shows from Cleveland to Cincinnati," 10 May 2018 The only misfire was the Surprise Horizon: a base of Peychaud's bitters with coconut milk, falernum, and lime that looks exactly like Pepto Bismol and tastes like an emo piña colada. Julia Thiel, Chicago Reader, "Food & Drink / Food Chain The Moonlighter fills Logan Square's burger and sports bar gap—and it's surprisingly pleasant," 22 Feb. 2018 And when it was announced that the 2018 Vans Warped Tour would be the final cross-country tour of its kind, emo kids and Hot Topic nation took notice. John Adamian, courant.com, "Britney Spears, Tory Lanez, Kimya Dawson: Seven Concert Highlights," 7 July 2018

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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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