Definition of emo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈēmō/
(also emocore /ˈimōˌkôr/)


1A style of rock music resembling punk but having more complex arrangements and lyrics that deal with more emotional subjects.
Example sentences
  • While the lyrics are kind of abstract and emotional the way emo is, this is a pure indie CD.
  • We weren't a bedroom pop outfit by any stretch; back then we played dour, emotionally apoplexed emocore.
  • Their music has been categorized as punk emo, and even pop.
1.1An admirer of emo music or a member of the subculture associated with it: I’m not one of those emos who are always crying—I just want to make that clear
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  • Katy's boyfriend was there too, he was sort of an emo - but he was really awesome at skateboarding and stuff apparently.
  • Being an Emo, for instance, is a great way to avoid the hard questions of who are you and what have you done?
  • Amid the furore, little has been heard from the emos themselves.


Denoting or relating to emo and its associated subculture: an emo band emo kids
More example sentences
  • Charlie is a bit of an emo kid - a bit emotional.
  • There's definitely kind of an emo edge to our music.
  • From what people tell me this album has more of an emo feel in some places.


1990s: short for emotional hardcore.

Words that rhyme with emo

primo, supremo

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Syllabification: e·mo

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