I looked at the other definitions, and there seems to few people on here that actually know what they're talking about. So I thought I'd add mine, with a bit of history and background information...

1976 saw the birth of punk, bringing with it many sub-genres, sub-sub-genres, and sub-sub-sub-sub-genres. In the early 80s, punk had branched off into several different styles, and ways of taking the genre. In 1981 there was a large amount of "hardcore" bands emerging from the D.C. scene. One of these bands were called "Minor Threat", who had a very vibrant, and melodic sound.

Nearing the end of 1983, the band "Minor Threat" broke up, after the band seemed to "run out of steam", and their last 7" single "Salad Days" in 1984 finally killed the band, and the DC hardcore scene.

After that new bands emerged, taking the genre their own way. 1984 showed the release of "Zen Arcade", an album by minneapolis band "Husker Du". This interpretation showed much more powerful, intense vocals with slow, melancholy and more melodic song writing.

In Spring 1984, D.C. Hardcore band "Rites of Spring" emerged, taking inspiration from the earlier hardcore scene. The band brought a totally new vocal approach to Husker Du's original style.

Summer 1985 became known as the "revolution summer" when a whole wave of hardcore bands emerged from the D.C. scene such as Gray Matter, Soulside, Ignition and Dag Nasty. Few bands retained the original fast paced, hardcore style proposed by "Rites of Spring" and "Husker Du" but took a much more droney, melodic approach to the genre.

These bands were then labelled the "D.C. Sound" or "D.C. Hardcore", and some of them were labelled "emo".

It was never suggested by Rites Of Spring that the term "emo" was short for anything. Although it has been proposed that emo was short for "emotive hardcore" or "emotionally charged hardcore punk" in a 1985 flipside interview with the band they claimed they were "not a punk rock band" and it was never mentioned in the text that they were "emotional" or "emotive" although the term "emo" was used several times.

Again, people took the genre several ways. Some people took an "Indie-rock" approach to the genre, while others retained a "post hardcore" style.

Many emo bands were poorly paid, underground, and rarely heard of, and few records were ever released around the genre. Which is probably why today it is so easily mistaken and misunderstood.

The "D.C. hardcore scene" grew, and with it, a stereotype fashion. People with a "Mop-top" haircut, skinny t-shirts and old trainers became a classic "D.C. hardcore scene" cliche. However, not all of these were "emo fans" nor were they in any way "emo's". It is suggested that this idea was taken, and progressed through the nineties to a much more "geeky" look nowadays.

However, emo is a genre of music, argue all you like, your still wrong. Saying "I am an emo" is like saying "I am a jazz", which is not possible. Emo has been heavily marketed by magazines (Kerrang etc.) and a totally wrong idea of the genre is now being spread across youths.

The early 90s saw a last breath for emo, with a much more softer, "Indie-rock" take on the genre. After that, the rest is history. It's a shame the genre was dragged through the gutter like that.
Emo - Rites Of Spring, Dag Nasty, SDRE, Drive Like Jehu, Fugazi...

What? - GUYS IN GIRL PANTS R HOT!!!11

Anything to do with 14 year old girls instantly becomes void of the possibility of it having anything to do with emo.
by Jorj May 25, 2006

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Wannabe people who want atention and contradict themselves.

They are unquie and individual - yet dress the same
Have no friends - but hang out in groups
Everyone hates them - yet they all sleep with each other (none gender specific)
Are depressed - yet go to parties and gigs all the time.
Cut themselves - yet never deep enuff
Only follow EMOtional music - wat music dont have some form of EMOtion.
Confussed kids - so the guys look more like girls than the girls do.
Thier own fashion style - stolen from goth/skater/punk
Depressed - but love the life they lead
they <3 everything - but hate life
Tattoo'd - haha u wait until your 45 with stars, hearts and cherries

"if you loved an EMO would they no longer be EMO"
by J Dubuk January 19, 2007

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A new fad that has blown out of porportion. The people that you may see conforming to the outter appearences of others that usually consist of the same hair style and the same attire. Of course, most of them are left in the dark when it comes to the emo music in the '80s which is how emo started, but thats just because they are ignorant and only care about fitting in. Most of them claim to be depressed, that their life sucks, that they want to die, that they have TRIED to commit suicide, ect. Of course, as they probably took two tylenol and said that they tried to kill themselves with pills, they do not try to do it again! If you want to die, you wouldn't give up after the first try. Also, they are very self-centered and never even stop to realize that their lives are way better than many other people's, not to mention people's lives outside of America, which in most cases would be MUCH worse.

In short, an emo is a teenager that wants attention so they dress, act, and do everything the same as a group of people. They cut themselves, but JUST ENOUGH to leave a scar, so that people will be able to see they have a "horrible life". And the emo lifestyle is a plague to the minds of the children.
EMO KID:

I think that, before I go home, and before my mom gives me a bunch of hugs and kisses, and my father gives me my allowance of $50, and I watch MTV to find new things to buy so I can be more like that one cool kid I see every day, I'm going to plan out how I'm going to tell my friends tomorrow that I cried tonight and tried to kill myself by slitting my wrist... First, I must give myself a small cut over my vein, OH, GOD, I HOPE THIS DOESN'T HURT! "OW, MOM, CAN I HAVE A BAND-AID?" Oh, and also, I should write a BS poem about the constant torture I went through as a child, and how everyone hates me, and how I hate myself.
by I Actually Think June 08, 2006

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emos lyk 2 fink of themselves s being indivduals and refer to themselve as scene they actually look exactly like each other... you can spot an emo by there inhabitation of middle class coffee bars such as starbucks or outside depressin the rest of the population or by the pool of blood comin 4rm the self harmin to get attention
emo girl"ur new hair cut is propa scene, you look sex i <3 u"
emo boy"i did it myself i didnt lyk my life so i took my hair as i representation of my self hatred"
by ---georgie--- January 02, 2006

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Emo, or "emotional music" can be summed up by:
- I hate myself
- My life has no meaning
- Guitar solo

"Emo" people are commonly confused with gothic, but being slightly different in the sense that gothic people tend to hate the world more than themself
The generic Emo song:
My girlfriend left me,
****screaming****
I'm going to cry and cut myself,
My life is horrble,
I have no reason to live,
****guitar solo****
by Ridek December 10, 2005

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Stupid fuckers that cut themselves and listen to shit music. Usually they cut themselves because they have "problems", like "my boy/girlfriend broke up with me", or "i cant go to the *generic emo-band* concert because i need to go to my grandmothers funeral!" and shit like that. EMO CUTTERS DONT HAVE ANY REAL PROBLEMS!! People with real problems dont resort to cutting, they know how do deal with it, or at least know to get help. Emo kids just mope and whine all day and have to be bisexual and wear girl pants because i guess having balls is too much extra weight for them to carry along with the rest of their crappy lives.
emo kid: "Hey i have an idea, how about since i cant express my "pain" by going to a therapist, ill just take this rusty knife and cut myself to help me forget about my fake sadness. Im sure that id rather die of blood loss than face my "problems" and end up living a happy life."
by Odd1 November 20, 2005

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An image gallery on Urbandictionary.com. No seriously, it's becoming a Joke. O_O!
Heh lets look at the Hot Chicks on the UD Emo Gallery!
by PH34R April 20, 2005

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Emos are not Gothic at all, they don't dress up like Goths, they do not act like Goths, they do not talk like Goths, they don't listen to same music as Goths and they don't have the same hair style as Goths.

Emo stands for emotional and that is exactly what Emos are, there is no way of identifying them except if you see them cutting themself.

If you ever see a guy with black clothing and black hair, Immeditly think of Gothic people, not Emos.
Someone- Hey look at that kid with a yellow shirt on and some jeans! He looks nice with that blond hair!

Someone else- Oh look! He is cutting himself! He is one of the Emos!

Someone- Let's not bother with him.
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