\ 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

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Dynamic strings, both electronic and acoustic, thumping percussion, and gritty riffs make appearances, adding rock vibes to the dramatic emo hip-pop song. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "BTS Release Rock Remix of 'Fake Love': Watch the Extended Music Video," 1 June 2018 This year, though, the skateboarding and emo and pop punk fest is coming back for only three stops, in Los Angeles, Cleveland (at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) and on the A.C. beach. Dan Deluca, https://www.inquirer.com, "The summer’s biggest concerts in Philadelphia, from the Rolling Stones to Made in America," 5 June 2019 Between rousing Scranton, Pa., punk veterans the Menzingers (2 p.m.), reunited local ’90s alternative heroes Belly (3:45 p.m.), and anthemic emo group Manchester Orchestra (4:40 p.m.), there’s no shortage of great rock bands on the afternoon lineup. Terence Cawley, BostonGlobe.com, "Too many choices at Boston Calling? Here’s some help.," 23 May 2018 Cosplayers have found a home on the app, along with new wave emo kids and the anime obsessed. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "In defense of TikTok, the joyful, slightly cringe-inducing spiritual successor to Vine," 5 Nov. 2018 The thing that would help more than emo-tweeting poetry, probably, is a strong number two. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "This Week in Elon," 24 Aug. 2018 Read more: Celebrate Black History Month 2018 in Cleveland: Film, theatre, concerts, panels and more events What better way to get out all your feelings than shouting along to your favorite emo, indie and punk songs on the dance floor? cleveland.com, "36 things to do in Cleveland the weekend of Feb. 8-11," 8 Feb. 2018 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

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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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