emo

[ee-moh]
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noun

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.

adjective

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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Contemporary Examples of emo

Historical Examples of emo

  • 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.

  • 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



British Dictionary definitions for emo

emo

noun

  1. a type of music combining traditional hard rock with personal and emotional lyrics
  2. (as modifier)emo bands

Word Origin for emo

C20: short for emotional rock
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