1: Emos are either crying, whinny, cutting punks that can't help to think they are useless, deprived of love, or heartless
2: Emos are skateboarding, emotive hardcore loving, metal slamming teens from 13-17 or keep going to be emo in adult yrs. Write lyrics that are meant to be loud and emotional or about something that happened to them
3: Emos can be hyper, colorful,emotive, laid back yet smiley people who also love the emo fashion and hardcore type of music like punk, indie rock, heavy metal, metal, emotive hardcore...they love ninjas, vampires, werewolves, zombies, faerie, coffins, Hot Topic, skulls, studded belts or jewelry, black, bright colors, red, blood, horror or morbid/macabre art, magik, ghosts, ghost lovers, bloody horror movies and books, wear their bangs in front of face, some dye hair black, alot of wild colors, keep their natural hair color not just dye another color beside black, they like sick minded things, anything to do with poetry, loud metal music, skateboarding, death topics, or paranormal or abnormal related.
4. EMOS are people coming from a emotive hardcore background that takes an emo person to further distance themselves. Emo was marked in the year of 1984 when the band Rites of Spring started to play in Washington, D.C. these songs gave heart-wrenches of woe which woe means sorry, lost, distance, grief or that someone was hurt real bad.Emotional Punk Music started in the e. 1900's that grew nationwide that teens grew hunger for songs with guitar solos that were loud and piano or keyboard riffs. Punk music is also positive showing that others can be hurt by words or things just done. Emos can show good messages too...not just about pain and suffering. Actually today about 73% of known emos are energetic, upbeat,happy,hyper, yet some may just smile all the time cause they just love the emo sense of style or emos that rarely smile but if you say something funny you could get a smile and a laugh. 18% of emos are sad, emotional, cutting, self-blamming teens but its not like they can't smile or laugh in awhile. "I have watched many plus I am emo too and trust me I've seen a group of 8 emos that never smiled until someone started to do stupid tricks and tickle them to death"

5: Emo girls tend to be very emotional but not sad way they can be very happy, they usually are energetic,hyper, heart-warming girls which most write poems of sad relationships, death, dead people, or plain unusual. Emo girls wear lots of skirts with plaid with red,black,or the insane bright colors that usually has some gothic or emo touch like a cartoon dead kitty or panda, love bright bold jewerly which includes lime green, flourescent orange, flourescent yellow, bright blue, or violet, hot pink. They wear leggings, harm bands or arm warmers, flat shoes with the cutsie skull or punk checkerboard look, tops that say goth angelic or it may have skulls and a poem that seems so sad on it but I love it, chains, chain pants, and the purse gotta be bold or black with some personal touch. Emo Girls tend to dye their hair black, black with blonde highlights, funky bright colors, or they go natural instinct.
6: Emo boys wear black chain pants, wool sweaters with the jail look, shirts with skulls,snakes,picture of demons, band names, black shoes or ruffed up skateboarder shoes etc.
7: Emos can or don't have to have peircings, they can also just wear other jewerly not totally on your body like some gothic cross with a skull on it. Yes the black rimmed glasses but depending on your glasses size you can't always get them big n thick rimmed. Studded wear is also huge, as well as HIM, Enties, Element, Fox, Greenday, AFI, Hello kitty (popular with girls), some love anime, Slipknot, The Stones, Led Zep, Pantera, The Used, Black Label Society, Twitzed, Immortal, FOB, Rob Zombie, maybe something insane with insane pyscho, insane clown, insane dead animal, My Chemical Romance, S.H.E., Social Collison, and many others.
6: Emos should love stores like Hot Topic, Dead Kitty, The-Black-Cat Closet, Medival Gothic, The Black Angel, and several others that contain emo,punk,gothic clothes
7: Emos are very close to goth types to or are also goth, some get to be friends with a gangsta type. Emos are great people.
"I luv my emo smexy self meh, my coffin was stolen by a ninja." SKULL!

"Aww,what a cutie wittle birdie...die! You beezotch, come back we need those puffy feathers. Arg, how can I stuff my pillow then?"

"My vampire haven has prepared a total sacrafice, to lower in a grave...I'm in my bloody coffin...am I dead yet? (the next morning) Wait! I smell coffee and cupcakes! Get me out of this coffin, how could you bury me without this morbidly angelic gift?"
by Waverlyhill angel August 14, 2007
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Genre of softcore punk music that integrates unenthusiastic melodramatic 17 year olds who dont smile, high pitched overwrought lyrics and inaudible guitar rifts with tight wool sweaters, tighter jeans, itchy scarfs (even in the summer), ripped chucks with favorite bands signature, black square rimmed glasses, and ebony greasy unwashed hair that is required to cover at least 3/5 ths of the face at an angle.
::sniff sniff:: "The Demise of the Siberian Traintracks of Our Rusty Forgotten Unblemished Love" sounds like it would make a great emo band name. ::cry::
by 7ThisIsWudie7 June 08, 2003
An entire subculture of people (usually angsty teens) with a fake personality. The concept of Emo is actually a vicious cycle that never ends, to the utter failing of humanity, and it goes something like this:

1. Girls say they like "sensitive guys" (lie)
2. Guy finds out, so he listens to faggy emo music and dresses like a dork so chicks will see that he is sensitive and not afraid to express himself (lie). He dyes his hair black, wraps himself in a stupid looking scarf, develops an eating disorder, and rants about how "nobody understands".
3. Now an emo guy, he meets Emo chick and they start dating, talking about how their well-off suburban lifestyles are terrible and depressing (lie)
4. Emo guy is just too much of a pussy. His penis is too small, he's too depressed to bathe, and has more mood swings than emo chick, and he doesn't even have a menstrual cycle. Emo chick dumps him, saying "It's not you, it's me." (lie) as she drives off with Wayne, the school jock and captain of the football team.
5. Emo guy goes home and cries, proceeds to write a weak song and strum a single string on his acoustic guitar. Another emo chick sees how he is so in touch with his feelings, and the cycle continues.

This is the sad truth of the emo lifestyle/music, and now that I look at how pathetic it really is, maybe the emos DO have something to cry about!
When she sees how sensitive and emo I have become, she'll definately go out with me!
by Chernorizets Hrabr January 10, 2005
Like a Goth, only much less dark and much more Harry Potter.
My life sucks, I want to cry.
by Lockesly April 06, 2004
The Difference between Emo And Goth:
Emos Hate themselves
Goths hate Everyone
Emos Want to Kill themselves
Goths Want to kill Everyone
by Chelsea Lewis April 14, 2006
Punk music on estrogen. Often acoustic guitar with soft, high male vocals that dwell exessively on the singer's feelings, especially melancholy remembrances of past relationships/mistakes in life. A form of music that diverged from punk in the '80s, the name "emo" is derived from the emotive style of the lyrics and music. This genre has lately been marketed heavily by the music industry to teenagers with bands such as Dashboard Confessional and Taking Back Sunday, and has seen much commercial and mainstream success. The music has also spawned a subculture which conforms to certain conventions in dress such as tight sweatshirts, tight band T-shirts and horn-rim glasses. Adherents profess to exessively melancholy temperments. Males that adhere to the emo subculture are sometimes confused with metrosexuals; indeed the line between the two is somwhat blurred, though both groups claim to be intouch with their emotional side. The ephemeral and hackneyed nature of emo songwriting suggests that its audience will be restricted largely to teenagers. the genre suffers from a lack of credibility outside the aforementioned demographic group, much like current Nu Metal bands.
girlfriend: C'mon, lets have sex.
boyfriend: I'm too sad to have sex.
girlfriend: I'm sad too; lets have sex and cry.
boyfriend: I'm already crying.
by Pureblarney July 30, 2004
"Emo" is not short for "Emotional." "Emo" does not mean Taking Back Sunday and Dashboard Confessional, despite what MTV has lead you to believe in the last few years. "Emo" is not sidebangs, tight pants, and male vocalists who sing like little girls about their failed relationships. "Emo" is not the use of diluted, meaningless metaphors and similes such as "My arms are like pinecones," and most definitely is not the rampant use of words such as "autumn," "heart," "knife," "bleeding," "leaves," and "razorblade."

I just thought I'd clear that up after all of these "definitions" in which I have encountered an unbelievable amount of people who try to pass off their blatantly false pretenses as fact, and are slowly infecting others with their high-horse, holier-than-thou bullshit. Because honestly, with your ridiculous definitions, Beethoven, George Gershwin, and Britney Spears are/was "emo bands."

Now, onto the real definition.

In the early 90s there was a movement in the hardcore genre that came to be known as "Emotive Hardcore," spearheaded by Rites Of Spring. Harder-core-than-thou kids, who swore by Dischord Records a la Minor Threat, actually coined the term "Emo" as something of a put-down for the kids who really liked Rites Of Spring, Indian Summer and this new wave of "Emotive" Hardcore bands. That's right, "Emo" was once not something kids called themselves. The field exploded outwards from there - Level-Plane Records has always been the most famous Emo label. Acts like Yaphet Kotto, I Hate Myself, Saetia, Hot Cross, A Day In Black And White, Funeral Diner, I Would Set Myself On Fire For You, You And I, and hosts of others came in the next decade. Most emo bands have since broken up, but there's still the occasional hold-out (again, the majority of Level-Plane Records' roster has been a procession of emo acts). Like most DIY hardcore/punk of the time, a majority found its way onto vinyl and not much else. Some people consider bands like Fugazi, and later Sunny Day Real Estate, a progression of emo, but personally, I don't quite follow that philosophy.

Often, more recently, this gets intertwined with post-hardcore, and understandably so - that's nothing to make an issue of, since well shit, at least it's close.

Since the late 90s, though, bands have been emerging in the vein of Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional, and the thousands of their clones. As far as I can tell, some lazy journalist somewhere, writing an article about them, decided "Well, fuck, no one knows what emo is anyways, so I'll call these bands "emo" - sounds more appealing than bubblegum pop rock..." and the spiral continued downwards into the current amalgomation of bands MTV has told everyone is "emo."

Somehow, people decided that "emo" meant "emotional," which is obviously bullshit, as 99% of bands make music to illicit emotion, which would make "emotional" a completely all-encompassing genre from classical to opera to pop to rap.

Hope that helps.
Taking Back Sunday, Senses Fail, and My Chemical Romance falls under the "horrible pop rock" genre, not the emo genre.

Rites of Spring is emo.
by Chelsea March 02, 2005
A group of white, mostly middle-class well-off kids who find imperfections in there life and create a ridiculous, depressing melodrama around each one. They often take anti-depressants, even though the majority don't need them. They need to wake up and deal with life like everyone else instead of wallowing in their imaginary quagmire of torment.
Emo conversation!

XxSlavetoAnguishxX: omg my gf just left me
acidburnedsoul: that sux man
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: i blame myself only i'm such an ass *cries*
acidburnedsoul: dude come over to my house and we can cut ourselves together
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: okay *cries*
acidburnedsoul: omg dashboard confessional has a new cd, i preordered it already
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: dude they're my favorite band to self-mutilate to
acidburnedsoul: i prefer to cut myself while watching Napoleon Dynamite on my bigscreen
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: dude that movie is so deep. i cry every time i see it
acidburnedsoul: me too. i hate myself
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: yeah we're such tortured souls, nobody understands how hard life is for us
acidburnedsoul: yeah we got it tough dude. pass the tissues
by JT March 23, 2005
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