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
a really bad imitation of goth.most "emo" people are posers who only wear pink and black(boys too),and the others cry all the time,not knowing how to deal with their problems.
-Hey guys,look at these new pink skull-shaped earrings!!!Am I emo or what!(poser)
by foursouls1 April 23, 2009
Most recently, a term used to dismiss the feelings and emotions of others as not being as real or as important as your own.
Sandy: Stacy, you've been crying all day. Stop being so fucking Emo!

Stacy: My father died yesterday.

Sandy: What-ever, you Emo loser. Now let's talk about ME!
by Amilie July 19, 2006
Emo is a lifestyle that is stereo typed by many people who truley don't understand. Emo the stereotype is people that are depressed and who cut themselves. Those people are called self harmers.

Emo means emotional so as an example if you are emo you aren't sad you are realy sad(where the stereo type comes from which is a lot of the emo people so you see where the stereotype comes from), You aren't happy you are realy happy (Many people dont notice this as emo), you aren't angry you are realy angry,Etc.. Emo means you feel your emotions to an extreme.

Most emo's wear all black and listen to rock music(usualy screamo). True emo people have real problems they sometimes look like normal everyday people without the hair styles, makeup, and all the hate. The fakes are middle class-upper middle class kids who think they have real problems when in reality they dont. They take and dye their hair, start wearing black, and listen to screamo or metal, and "hate" their lives.

Emo people use music, the way they dress, and look to express themselves.
Emo people are milder than goth.
Emos are usualy the opposite of preps.
by Synisterblades November 14, 2009
Emo is a common word used to describe a group of nice, friendly people adhering to these standards (typically):

-Long, usually straightened hair, flipped to one side of the face.

-Tight skinny jeans, usually black, grey, reds, or certain neon colors.

-Black horn rimmed glasses

-Band shirts, striped clothes, checkered patters, all black shirts, etc all can be common apparel for emo kids.

-Slip on Vans are a favorite for emo kids shoes. Typically any kind of skater shoe may be worn as well.

In conclusion, I myself have been called "emo" and im your typical emo kid. i have cut before and do wear skinny jeans etc. i feel just the same as any other emo kid. i get picked on, made fun of, and called names because of who i am. Deep down inside ALL emo people are really friendly people. You dont even need to look deep down inside. Haters just need to stop judging us for who we are. I love EVERY emo person on the face of the planet. We are all here for each other, us emo's. Emo ppl RULE!!
Emo kids are dark, sensitive, and scary looking people but beneath all that there is a person who has a heart and truly cares.
by XxX|emo:heartbreak|XxX December 08, 2009
we are just a bunch of people who are less hardcore goths we ARE NOT ALL BLUDDY GAY for gods sake stop sayin we are just cos a few of us are (i'm an emo boy and will never be queer in my life but hey who cares if someonen is it is up to them) oh and we are not whimpy people who just hang are heads when we get insulted (mainly buy the biggest fake hardmen CHAVS) i have never walked away from a fight ever.
chav:awwww gonna go cry emos
Emos:no i'lll just cry for you when i bugger you up
Kids who often feel rejected or unaccepted in what most people would call the "normal" groups. Most of the time clothed in darker colors such as gray and black. They make friends just like everyone else but tend to only feel really comfortable around others like themselves. Contrary to popular belief, Emo kids do not ALWAYS want to kill themselves. The cutting is actually an action from form of depression and many non-emo people do it also.
Jack: "I'm Emo."
Jane: "Me too."
Jack: "Wanna be friends?"
Jane: "Sure."
Jack: "Kool."
by Court4282 January 16, 2008
A group of kids/teens ranging from 13-their twenties (depends). Most often seen in skinny jeans, band tees, graphic tees, logo tees, ect. According to popular websites and shows emo kids are depressed low lifes who cut themselves and want to die, when in reality we/they are usually happy people who are in a music obsession and want to be unique. Though to some they all look the same there are vast diffrences. One main similarity though, is the long bangs. However the bangs are still all diffrent ranging from coppy and angular to strait across and smooth. **SCENE AND EMO ARE TOTALLY DIFFRENT! U WILL MOST LIKELY BE SMACKED IF YOU CALL A SCENE KID EMO OR AN EMO KID SCENE** **Most emos dont swear but improvise**
"emo" convo:
Emo1: **jumps on emo2's back** RAWR!
Emo2: elloz!!
Emo1: hey hun, **shows feet** i gotzded new converses!
Emo2: amazing!
**people walk by calling the emos fags and tell them to go cut themselves**
Emo2: stupid clones...
Emo1: just cause we're diffrent and don't buy the stuff from Areopostale...

this continues and ya....
by RAWRsaysAsherz March 20, 2009
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