- a type of guitar-based music developed from emocore but having a softer, pop or mainstream sound.
- a fan of emo, especially a person who is overly sensitive and full of angst or adopts a certain style characterized by dyed black hair, tight t-shirts and jeans, etc.
- noting or pertaining to this type of rock music: emo albums of the late 1990s.
- of or relating to a fan of emo or to the lifestyle, dress, etc., typical of such a person: emo teens; emo fashion.
Origin of emo
First recorded in 1985-90; shortening of emocore
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Examples from the Web for emo
But despite all the chatter about Weezer's influence—about nerd rock, or emo, or whatever—I don't really hear it.Remembering Weezer’s ‘The Blue Album,’ A Garage Rock Classic, on Its 20th Anniversary
May 10, 2014
This was, we must remember, despite the forgettable movie Spider-Man 3, more than just an emo haircut and Devo dance moves.Grandpa in Tights: Spider-Man Hits Middle Age
August 26, 2012
There are teenagers and baby boomers, hipsters and emo kids.Decentralized Dance Parties: Raves’ Next Wave
February 3, 2012
But a rivalry is brewing between the he-men and a new crop of “emo” super-dudes headed for screens next year.The Yes List
The Daily Beast
June 17, 2011
A new crop of machismo-challenged heroes—call them the “emo” super-dudes—is headed for screens next year.Invasion of the Bodybuilders
June 6, 2011
Emo humbled the Bey of Tunis, cleared the seas, and died at Malta in 1792.
I fancy that this chief is the fellow whom you heard of, Ralph, at the Island of Emo.The Coral Island
R. M. Ballantyne
The garrison fought bravely: Emo, their commander, with a handful of men resisted to the last.
Emo non quod opus est, sed quod necesse est; quod non opus est, asse carum est.Dderlein's Hand-book of Latin Synonymes
- a type of music combining traditional hard rock with personal and emotional lyrics
- (as modifier)emo bands
C20: short for emotional rock
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