Okay, so there are two very different definitions for the label 'emo'.

First version (usually used by non-emos): Emos are attention seekers who live regular lives like every other teenager in Britain but cannot handle the strain as well as everyone else. They say that they are individuals, yet listen to ‘emo music’, hang out in ‘emo groups’ and buy ‘emo clothes’ with their pocket money. They hang out in dark rooms generally ignoring the happy things in life and talk about how depressed they are all the time. Most lie about cutting themselves in order for people to feel sorry for them without actually experiencing any pain at all. Others do it as an ‘initiation’ ceremony in order to become fully emo. ‘Cutting’ is a fad – what on earth does it help? You feel sad, so you cut yourself to make you feel… better? They don’t appreciate what they have, and do not realise how bad other peoples' lives are in comparison to their own. Emo is just an ever-increasingly popular ‘group’ which people want to be part of. It is a group for kids without an identity, looking for a bit of melodrama and ‘deeper levels of understanding’. To be honest, the kids who REALLY have a life not worth living aren’t even in the emo club – they just try to get through each day until it gets better.

Second version (usually used by TRUE emos – i.e. those who actually have a reason to be depressed): Kids who have had the misfortune to go through circumstances which are incredibly depressing. For example, parental divorce, death of a loved one, and loneliness. They listen to music which explains how they feel, enjoy hanging around with people who understand how they feel, and buy clothes that express to the world about how they feel. Only some kids cut themselves. Cutting can become addictive, and it distracts from the inner pain. It can be hard when youre labelled in the street because of what you wear, and can sometimes make depression worse. Being a ‘half-emo’ can also mean that you just like black and emo clothes and haircuts, and enjoy gigs and mosh pits. Some people that you like because theyre genuinely nice people, could be emo, and fun to hang around with.

Nearly every single teenager has wanted some form of attention or feeling of belonging at some time or other, and being emo could be the solution to some. Don’t hate people because of what they are labelled. Get to know them – they may be more like you than you think.
Person: 'Hey dude, look over there, some damn emos with their black hoodies and weird hair... jeez man theyre such attention seekers'
Friend: 'Err... you own a black hoodie, and all they've done is grown their hair long, man.'
Person:'Umm... oh be quiet, fool'

Cheerleader:'Oh my god, that girl is like, SOO weird - she is like, always DEPRESSED and shit!'
Friend:'Weren't you crying on the phone to me the other night because your boyfriend dumped you? You seemed pretty depressed then...'
Cheerleader:'Oh shuttup'
by abi_yeah April 14, 2007
emos are people who listen to punk or hardcore punk, they were black alot and hang out in small groups listning to music. Some are deppressed and some arnt im an emo but im not depressed so fuck off stupid chavs who fink that we all want to die slowely!!
were all emos:-
im an emo, my mate ben, my mate nicole, and the rest of my mates
by emo 4 eva April 28, 2006
Emo people are very special individuals who aren't afraid to show their emotions, love music and fashion, and hate only the stereotypes they're put under. Very openminded. Undeserving of the stick they recieve. Not necessarily gay or bisexual as so popularly insinuated. Everone is different. Accept it.
These are some beautiful Emo lyrics:
"I watch the seasons pull up its own stage, to catch the last weekend of the week, before the gold and the glimmer have been replaced. Another sunsoaked season has been replaced. You have stolen my heart."
By favourite Emo.. band 'Dashboard Confessional.'
by Emo Superstar. March 22, 2008
There are too many stereotypical definitions for an emo on Urban Dictionary, so I'm going to try to clear this up for those who don't know what they're talking about. Emo stands for "emotionally challenged", yes, but that's not a synonym for "melodramatic, cutting, freaks who over dramatize everything", because not every single emo on the planet is like that. Usually, the over dramatic ones are the fake ones trying to get attention from everyone.

Emo people are usually those who have very difficult lives at home or in general, constantly facing problems that effect them emotionally, and drive them into a self panic. They usually think there's nothing really anyone can do for them, they feel very alone in the world. Its true, nobody knows just how much they go through in a day, with people criticizing, bashing, and labeling them alone. Most people are too dim or self absored to see through their thick skull and realize the pain these people go through everyday.

When people start shooting off their mouth about how emos are black dressing, cutting, eye-liner wearing, melodramatic, freaks, that's only because it's what society has labeled them as. And maybe, they do wear eyeliner or dress in all black, but does that give you the right to bash them? Does that make them any less of a person? All they need is for you to walk up to them and give them a compliment and maybe even become friends. Because, if you do that, you could really really realllly make that persons day. Emos are NOT a frkn subculture, so STOP saying that, they're humans like you and me.
Random Dumbass: "Hey, look at the freakish emo over there, bet he just finished cutting himself, the dumb shit!"

Random Guy: "DUDE! Wtf is your problem? He actually looks like a pretty nice guy. I think we all know who the REAL dumbass is..."

*random Guy #2 proceeds to go over and talk to Random Emo*
by DepressionHurts August 30, 2009
A terribly misconstrued and misused word. In contemporary culture it is utilized as a broad term to describe a multitude of children and teenagers who straighten their hair, have their hair in their face, perhaps dye it black, and wear tight clothing. Unfortunately this is completely inaccurate. Actual "emo" music existed in the late 80's and was a subgenre of hardcore punk rock, after all, "emo" is a shortening of "Emotional hardcore punk rock". The people in early emo bands dressed like regular people, everyday guys/girls who just played music that they enjoyed. Sadly, since the formulation and ongoing existence of Hot Topic, the term emo has been incorrectly characterized for a little more than a decade. You have to wonder how the original bands feel about the slandering and mass misunderstanding and misuse of their originality with those of the unoriginal.
Just search Cap'n Jazz to listen to actual emo music.
by TheUbermensch February 10, 2013
The most overused word in the english language.
Person 1: You don't listen to pop? Ewwwww, you're so emo
Person 2: I know dude, c'mon, who DOESN'T want to listen to songs about sex, drugs, smoking, and being violent?
Me: You two need to be put behind bars.
by Lucio Soph August 18, 2010
Emo is short for emotive hardcore: a sub-genre of punk that came about in the 1980s. Since the eighties, the meaning has changed a lot.
Many think that emo is just a fashion. It is true that emos have developed their own fashion - skinny/girl's jeans, tight fitting black t-shirts, make-up, and even a hair-style consisting of a long fringe sweeping over one eye and spiky at the back - but this is not what emo is about.
I see emo as a state of mind. Emotional would actually be a good term, as emos are quite emotional, their mood swinging all over the place. This makes it easier to become depressed. EMOS ARE NOT ALWAYS DEPRESSED.

---some say that all emos cut their wrists. This is FAR from the truth. I will not go into why some do. I have never cut my wrist and I don't want to.----

Emos find roots in both goth and punk culture. It is like goth, but goth is darker, and emo is harder to fake. It is a fashion, a type of music, a state of mind and a way of life.

Opposite: Chav
Similar: Goth
Fake emo (poser): Emos are cool. I'm an emo. I don't think this make-up is dark enough, do I look emo enough?

Real emo: I don't think I can live life much longer... (after five minutes) Woo this is great. Life rocks. (gets to school) Oh gawd, I wanna go home. *gets home* Oh, I wanna go to school.
by -_Forgotten|Soul-_ March 14, 2008
An Emo is a slang term that is enforced on someone by people who claim to be "cool". Real Emo's do not go round saying how much of an Emo they Are. There are Three types of Emo.

Type.1. Normal Emo.
some one who listens to music because they enjoy it and not because they think its cool. they also dont stop listnening to music just because the band has been "discovered". this type of emo does not go on huge shopping spree's at the most expensive stores to "buy" their look. they wear what they feal like and are comfortable to wear. they are not DEPRESSED, they are happy and normal human beings, they see the world as a wonderful place. its just inhabited by lost and depressed people.

Type2. Fag Emo.
This is the type of emo that gives Emo's a bad name. they go out and max out their daddy's credit card on the most expensive clothing, they find the most underground music. they can and dont even listen to it. they wear band t-shirt's even if they dont even know 3 songs or cant name the people in it.

Type3. Emo.
This type of Emo is The least common. this type of Emo is one who rejects society all together and refuses to talk or co-operate with anyone who isnt an emo. they stand around and "look cool" they do things deliberatly to piss of comformists. this is the sort of emo that slits their wrists just so they can show it off.
by (4/\/\() April 28, 2007

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