(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
its over. way over. but something else is bound to come a long to fill that gap
emo dude. *sighs* im sooooooo emo
normal person. dude its over
by little miss sunshine.... May 18, 2007

Emo is often confused with Emotional Sensitivity, and is more often linked to boys then girls, because of the so very 'unmanly' manner in which an emo boy acts.
Male emotional senstivity is a guy who does not feel the urge to be a macho pea-brained asshole whos only emotion is arrogance and violent anger. A sensitive male realizes that guys can cry, and say the word 'beautiful'. They can also like flowers and admit that there are other guys out there that are hot, and do lots of other 'gay' things while completely content with their heterosexuality.
(an interesting thing about this is that it is quite ok for girls to sit on each other's lap and hug and go to the washroom together etc etc and not be considered homosexual, but if a guy strikes up a random conversation on the bus with another guy, he's a faggot.)

This being said, an EMO (short for emotional) is someone (guy or girl) who has taken the dark, evil, brooding, shadowy and mysterious genre that goes by the name of goth, and mutilated it into a subculture of whiney sniveling teenagers. An emo is someone who dresses very similar to a goth, wearing makeup and black clothes, but is easily defined often by the lopsided swooping haircut that causes them to be half blind all the time.
A goth makes you uncomfortable standing next to them on a long bus ride, and if done right are dark and creepy and cool looking. Take the band Type O Negative, for example.

View Pic: (urbandic seems to add random spaces so check before pasting into browser and remove any you see)
www.geneticdisorder.net/Rock%20On %20Web%20Photos/typeonegative.jpg

Emos most of the time have a look of eternal sorrow pasted on their face, and spend their time whining because life is so tragically devestating and heartwrenching. They cry and snivel and cut themselves to gain attention, as opposed to the noble masochistic origin of the hobby. When you see an emo you will want to puke because of how synthetically pretty and childish they look, and then drop kick them.

Emos have ruined the very normal practice that is talking about emotionally hard times to someone close.

"How are you today?"
'Well, to be honest, I feel really lonely. I sit at home more than I'd like and don't really have
(m)any friends. *shrugs apathetically*'
"zOMG... Don't be so emo..."
'...You asked how I was. I am telling you honestly how I am feeling.'
"EMO. Cry me a river... *emo tear*"

This video will familiarize you instantly to what an emo is, if you are still confused in any way: (again, remove any spaces)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=JMvMzQ4Vu-8
I'm gonna kick the shit out of those whiney emo faggots.
by BioMenace May 12, 2007
Not all depressed, most just misunderstood.

EMO BOYS ARE HOT! *licks lips*
by ILuffEmoBoys April 30, 2007
Emo is something that Green Day has got nothing to do with....
F U C K THOSE WHO WROTE THAT GREEN DAY IS EMO
examples:
4) People who listen to the following: Fall-Out-Boy, My Chemical Romance, Good Charlotte, Greenday
by Meagan Eden Rogers
me: F U C K it is Green Day, not Greenday
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Just because you dress like Green Day, doesn't mean you're emo! You guys frustrate me so much! AH!!!
by xoxo_stained_your_wrist
me: F U C K Green Day don't wear any emo clothes, you dumbass!!!
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Green Day is the worst Punk/Emo band ever
by COOJ
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Some One that slits their wrists or any part of the body, listens to crappy emo music like Simple Plan, GreenDay and The Used.
by CAMBO
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ME: why the f u c k do you think that Green Day is emo? Do they dress like emos? NO!!!!!

Do they have emo lyrics? Well if you think that "when masturbation's lost its fun, you're fu c kin g lazy" is emo, then their lyrics are soooo emo =)))

Or this one is a "great" example of emo lyrics, it's from the song called "burnout"
" I THREW MY EMOTIONS IN THE GRAVE - HELL WHO NEEDS THEM ANYWAY "
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F U C K, GREEN DAY IS NOT EMO!!! THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT EMO SHIT!!!
correctly: Green Day is the greatest rock band in the world right now.
incorrectly: Green Day is great emo band.
by Amida July 13, 2006
Emos wear makeup and cry lots. They claim that they aren't scared to be themselves. If this was true they would admit they are useless would stop acting depressed. Maybe then they would get a little more respect. When they aren't getting their asses kicked, they get drunk and have sex with dead animals. Emo guys will do anything to make themselves look like a faggot. Some of these dipshits even claim to be straight. Emo's think people give a shit about some stupidass emotional trauma they suffer from. They have greasy hair and they usualy suck.
Spliffy - Hey Emo Kid, makeup is for homo's!
Emo Kid - Lots of straight people wear makeup
Spliffy - No they don't
Emo Kid - You're right, I suck and you're better than me.
by Spliffy Jay April 18, 2006
Emo is a type of music not a person so dont fucking catergorize yourself or someone else for fucks sake get it right... also if we must use it as a label all it is is to label a guy/girl who likes to kiss other guys/girls and cry themselves to sleep... anybody who wants to fight me on this can go and get screwed or lets just become emo then we can cry because of a song... lol you crack me up you bunch of fuck heads who dont realise that emo is a music genre not a person
music plays in the back ground
boy: whats that playing now?
another boy: emo i think
boy: i am so emo
another boy: shut up lets kiss
boy: oh yeah i am definately emo now
girl: fuckheads emo is a music genre not a person nor something you can label yourself with
by you are all screwed up November 27, 2005
Hot as hell guys. tend to have on eye liner skinnie jeans band tees and tight shirts with hella nice abbs(most the time) very fuckable and hot emo guys are the kind of guys id get into bed with no time at all
Girl"o my fucking gosh look at him he is soo emo" Girls friend."hes totaly checking you out!" emo guy"hey wonna go upstairs?" girl"uh ive never had sex before...but if your ok with that?" guy "yea your to hot to pass up" girl "ok"
girls friend"omg i cant bealive the first guy your haveing sex with is emo!" girl" i know!!" both girls "eeeeek!"
by Emolover! January 08, 2008

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