emo

noun \ ˈē-(ˌ)mō \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

emo

adjective
    • The film is sensitively directed, full of emo songs and quiet little character moments.
    • —Kyle Smith

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Origin and Etymology of emo

short for emotional


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