\ 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

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 And at Webster Hall, on June 27, Lil Tracy, the scion of musicians, melds melodic rap and emo. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 6 May 2022 Hard-core and emo bands, always some of the truest believers in their broader genre, led this moment, making uncompromising albums that aimed past their respective scenes. Justin Curto, Vulture, 21 Dec. 2021 Phoebe Bridgers played hushed emo-folk with strong echoes of Elliott Smith, while Beabadoobee expertly channeled the sweet-and-sour fuzz-pop of Veruca Salt and Velocity Girl. Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 Two years later, carolesdaughter now ranks among the flag-bearers of the latest pop-punk and emo resurgence, touring with Machine Gun Kelly and tallying monster streaming totals. Bobby Olivier, SPIN, 7 Apr. 2022 The Cure marks the beginnings and peaks of both goth rock and emo. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 30 Oct. 2021 Expect all your favorite emo and pop-punk hits at this dance party, which celebrates its seventh birthday on Friday night. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 24 Feb. 2022 Led by My Chemical Romance and Paramore, the emo and pop-punk festival will be held at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 21 Jan. 2022 As the birthplace of the Promise Ring and other influential acts, Milwaukee has a mighty emo and pop punk legacy. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Emo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emo. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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