\ 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 The beef was that punk kids thought the emo kids were copping their style and essentially started beating them up. Fidel Martinez, Los Angeles Times, "Latinx Files: ‘An educational pandemic’ for English learners in California schools," 8 Apr. 2021 But Lee rose above that wan world of bellyaching and bad facial hair like a mythic beast, thanks to her enormous vocal power and messy, fresh-faced emo-goth charisma. Jon Dolan, Rolling Stone, "Evanescence Search for Goth-Metal Meaning on ‘The Bitter Truth’," 7 Apr. 2021 All that pressure is enough to make any Muppet a little bit emo, and Kermit is no exception. Rebecca Caplan, Vulture, "Muppets, Ranked," 26 Mar. 2021 In a meeting at Columbia four days after XXXTentacion was killed, there was talk of concocting a collaboration between the two late emo-rap stars. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, "The Perils of the Posthumous Rap Album," 11 Mar. 2021 The movie sees Fenix pushed around and negged by his jock nemesis — played by the TikTok star turned emo-rapper Jxdn, aka Jaden Hossler — until Fenix’s garage band makes an impressive debut at a local dive bar, earning him the respect of his peers. Los Angeles Times, "How Chase Hudson, TikTok heartthrob, became Lil Huddy, snarling pop-punk rocker," 4 Mar. 2021 Smudgy black eyeliner was the defining look of pop punk and emo music (hello, Avril Lavigne), but also a staple for party girls like Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton and fictitious bad girls like Skins' Effy Stonem and Gossip Girl's Jenny Humphrey. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Like It or Not, Smudgy Black Eyeliner Is Back," 3 Mar. 2021 Today that album is universally regarded as an emo classic. Los Angeles Times, "It’s not ‘Pinkerton.’ But Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo gets pretty emo on ‘OK Human’," 26 Jan. 2021 The track takes pop, hip-hop, emo and screamo all into its stride for an intense trip into a wild night out in Paris. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "First Out: New Music From Ashnikko, Shamir, Perfume Genius & More," 15 Jan. 2021

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Emo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emo. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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