Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Rock music characterized by confessional lyrics about emotional topics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable, music, early 1990s A particular style of hardcore punk rock
  • noun countable, early 1990s An individual or group of people associated with that subculture and musical style.
  • noun uncountable, music, late 1990s-current Any form of guitar-driven alternative rock that is particularly or notably emotional
  • noun countable, late 1990s-current An individual or group of people associated with a fashion or stereotype of that style of rock.
  • noun countable, 2000s A young person who is considered to be over-emotional or stereotypically emo.
  • adjective often pejorative Emotional; sensitive.
  • adjective informal, often pejorative Depressed.
  • adjective Associated with youth subcultures embodying emotional sensitivity.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Short for earlier emo-core : emo(tional) + (hard)core.]

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Abbreviation of emocore.

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  • I love this definition from the Urban Dictionary:

    Genre of softcore punk music that integrates unenthusiastic melodramatic 17 year olds who don't smile, high pitched overwrought lyrics and inaudible guitar rifts with tight wool sweaters, tighter jeans, itchy scarfs (even in the summer), ripped chucks with favorite bands signature, black square rimmed glasses, and ebony greasy unwashed hair that is required to cover at least 3/5 ths of the face at an angle.

    Note: I do realize that the word "rifts" should be "riffs," but I think I might invent a new guitar method employing rifts--you know, respecting the silent spaces between sounds, or whatever...

    February 20, 2008

  • I gather that the author of that article isn't a raving fan....

    February 20, 2008

  • I think there's a link to a relevant image for this page. See lappet-faced. If that ain't emo, I don't know what is.

    February 20, 2008

  • Reesetee, have you ever heard emo music? The only fans are members of other emo bands, and maybe their parents...

    February 20, 2008

  • I love the end, actually: "...hair that is required to cover 3/5ths of the face at an angle." Perfect.

    February 20, 2008

  • I try to avoid it, skipvia. Too lappet-faced for me. ;-)

    February 20, 2008

  • Emos are beautiful souls.

    February 20, 2008