[ ee-moh ]

  1. a type of guitar-based rock music developed from emocore but having a softer, pop or mainstream sound.

  1. a fan of emo, especially a person who is overly sensitive, emotional, and full of angst, or who adopts a certain style characterized by dyed black hair, tight t-shirts and skinny jeans, etc.

  2. a person who is overly sensitive or emotional.

  3. emotional display; emotion: The storyline had too much emo and not enough substance.

  1. noting or relating to the type of music called emo or emocore: emo albums of the late 1990s.

  2. of or relating to a fan of emo, or to the lifestyle, dress, etc., typical of such a person: emo teens;emo fashion.

  1. overly sensitive or emotional.

Origin of emo

First recorded in 1985-90; shortening of emocore

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British Dictionary definitions for emo


/ (ˈiːməʊ) /

    • a type of music combining traditional hard rock with personal and emotional lyrics

    • (as modifier): emo bands

Origin of emo

C20: short for emotional rock

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