(Noun, Adjective) - A word of many uses, emo generally describes:
A) A genre of music
B) Style of fasion
C) Lifestyle/subculture

(NOTE - The following may be just slightly biased)

Emo music (short for Emocore or Emotional Hardcore) is a derivitive of the mid 80's hardcore scene. Born in Washington D.C., early emo was a mix of hardcore punk with both emotional lyrics and performances, dominated by bands such as "Rites Of Spring" and "Embrace". By the late 90's, most original emo bands had disbanded or changed direction. From 2000 onwards, many bands have unwillingly or unrightfully been labled as emo, such as "Dashboard Confessional" and "Taking Back Sunday". Many "classic" emo fans and outsiders view modern emo music as warterd-down punk rock.

Emo fasion or "the emo look" has a number of simple characteristics. For males, hair should be black (although dark red/brown is acceptable), greassy, have a long fringe and a bang covering one eye. For females, although dark hair is prefered, any colour is acceptable. While hair may be cleaner, it must still cover a large portion of the face. Black shirts and jackets are worn, although on rare occasions an emo may wear a grey or white hoodie. Jeans are the clothing of choice for the emo, although for males anything out of their sisters closet is fine. Footware is typically any sort of skating shoe. To complete the look, apply excessive amounts of eyeshadow (males and females), put on a pair of black horned glasses and start listening to your eyepod.

Emo culture, dominated by middle to upper class suburban white teenagers, is characterised by weak music, self loathing and melodrama. After listening to some emo music (generally, but not always shite), emo-boy will log onto myspace to talk to his emo friends. After blogging about how shit life is, how he fucking hates his parents, and how the whole world hates him, he'll have a look at emo-girls myspace page. A quick look at the 17,000 photos she's uploaded (either of her looking into the distance, her looking up at the camera in a confused and drugfucked way or her at an emo gathering), emo-boy and emo-girl will chat to each other. The conversation quickly turns to how they are both alone and nobody understands them. Emo-boy has had enough of myspace (for a few minutes at least) and decides he is depressed. He writes a "deep and meaningfull" poem, before deciding to end it all. A quick slash of the wrists and it's time to sit in the dark and wait for the end to come. Unfortunately, he only drove the razor 2 milimetres into his skin, so there's a pretty good chance he'll be back at school next week, trying (not very hard) to hide his fresh scars and emotions.
"Wow, dashboard confessionaly are, soooooo deep"

"Cheer Up emo-kid"
by Gobshite101 July 15, 2006
one of the five sexual orientations: gay, straight, bi, nun and emo.
Bob is gay, Jake is straight, Alex is bi, Lucy is a nun and Tyler is emo.
by Vampire Ghost October 08, 2006
is used to decribe a variety of persons who, in a sense, create their own self destruction. To their own demise they try to stay away from so called "pop culture" while forming their own "uniqueness". Unfortunately they all derive upon the same style, which leads to them all looking and acting the same way. Their absolute resentment towards mainstream media and culture froces a semi-subculture in which the aforementioned transduce themselves into a contained category. Altough previous definitions covered a wide variety of definitions, the typical emo character will prove to only show his/her "emoness" when cavorting with people or persons who agree with their own tastes and sentimental passions. Also you must listen to semi- coroded late 80's early 90's punk knock off bands.
"Hey that group of people look like emos because they all have a common lame taste in really shitty music that while trying to sound original and unique, end up sounding exactly the same."
by Robeye most September 23, 2006
an emo is an usually an emotionally disturbed person usually teenagers as younger generations dont get the same pressure and adults can rationalize the situiation. for example i felt very lonely and it seemed i was the only one that felt that way. i just started cutting myself and i already have everything else. i already listened to gothik music and wore lots of black with black convo's. back to the subject however...
im emotionally disturbed. i will become emo. i like the emos anyway.
by naebaws August 27, 2006
White person who cuts themselves or always wears black. They are friendless and cry. Most take pills and want to kill themselves. Most are attracted to the same sex.
Conversation of Mr. and Mr. Emo:
M: I WANT TO DIE
K: I want to cut myself
M: SO DO I
K: I want to make out with you
M: SO DO I
K: Let's cut each each other while making out
M: Ok, I love you
K: So do i
M: Let's take pills
K: Sure
5 minutes later
M: I WANT TO DIE
K: so do i
M: Let's kill each other
K: ok
by Emosaregay May 28, 2009
a genre that has really goregous guys in tight pants and lip rings
alex evans is the prettiest emo boy ever
by meliaaa July 23, 2008
See flagrant homosexual.
Those emo kids and that emo music are pissing me off.
by CBUS May 25, 2008
a person who wants to die and is totally emotionlly unstable
it can also be a version of crap punk rock or metal and sounds cool but the lyrics normally contain words that are made up.
A Goth is like a wannaby emo but wont kill them selfs
by EMO MAGGOT October 19, 2007

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