i believe it's a stereotype. unwashed black/drk brown chin length hair with a swoop. sweaters, tight jeans, scarves, everything vintage. permanent look of "im sad and no one understands me" on face. this "look" can work for most people in some degree, you can be an walking ad for GAP one day, and the next day pull off being emo.
its crazy, everyone who is emo doesn't like preps because of the conformity. look at yourselves!
by miss_sixty April 05, 2005
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A "non-comformist" who believes that in his/her half-million dollar home, no one under him/her. The non-conformist idea comes from the illusion that if they dressed uniquely, someone would understand them. It's 2010. Nothing is unique. For some reason, they keep believing in this submissive, depressed way of life.

The Emo subculture generally consists of high school age kids, and the age group thins out as puberty stops. This usually coincides with the realization that cutting your wrists and having holes in your ears that could fit tennis balls is a bad idea.

Emo is never to be compared in similarity of goth!
I am neither Emo nor Goth, so do not mistake me as such, but I have realized this:

If you call an emo a pussy, they will say you just don't understand, and maybe write some pathetic poem.

If you call a goth a pussy, he will pull out a knife, and cut you one.

Now, if you have any insults for me, well, I really don't give a damn.
by Lokkengeist May 10, 2010
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emo (non-offensive, non-stereotype, light-hearted, silly, OCD-like, ADD-like)

(Adjective) In a state of mind where insignificant things become overly concerned or concerning.

(Noun) One who is in a state of mind where insignificant things become overly concerned or concerning.
I am so emo. In other words, I am in a state of mind where I have become overly concerned about things that can be insignificant.

Being emo can lead to certain lifestyles, habits, emotions, and persona; not the other way around.

It is possible that external factors can feed an emo state such as being alone too long may cause someone who has been known to be emo before go to that state again.

I can be emo and realize that I am emo as someone with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) can acknowledge they have OCD.

I know I'm being emo; perhaps I need to get out more often to get my mind off things.

There are different levels of an emo state; overall they are not serious or life threatening; in fact it can be a light-hearted situation.

You're so emo; snap out of it!

You're so emo; cute!

People often confuse emo with depression- emo state is a light-hearted situation that can lead to depression-like symptoms but are temporary and non-serious, depression is a serious situation.
by naughtyprocrastinator March 20, 2012
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A term teens give to themselves when they feel that life has become pointless. What they don't realize is that when they say "No one understands me" there are hundreds of normal people that don't like life as much as the "emo" people do, and they just deal with it. Emo people are just hungry for attention, and they believe that this attention will get them somewhere. The irony is, you'd think that given how much they hate life, you never see an emo person actually kill themselves and get rid of it, rather, they continue posing and getting all the attention they can.
Normal person: What's with you?

Emo Person: My life is closing in, and I'm unloved and no one understands the pain I go through.

Normal Person: Um, sorry but Everyone goes through life, you're no different.

Emo Person: You don't understand. You've never hurt yourself to get to the next day.

Normal person: Uh, if it sucks that much, why do you look forword to tommorrow to bring pain and suffering instead of killing yourself and ending the pain alltogether?

Emo Person: ...*silence*...

Normal person: Poser...
by Barron Metzen July 30, 2006
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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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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
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Emo may refer to:

A genre of rock music
A slang term used to describe a wide range of fashion styles and attitudes somewhat affiliated with emo music

The music:
Emo is a genre of rock music. Since its inception, emo has come to describe several independent variations of music, linked loosely but with common ancestry. As such, use of the term has been the subject of much debate. At first, the term 'emo' was used to describe a subgenre of hardcore punk which originated in the Washington, DC music scene of the mid-1980s. In later years, the term 'emocore', short for 'emotional hardcore', was also used to describe the DC scene and some of the regional scenes that spawned from it. The term emo was derived from the fact that, on occasion, members of a band would become spontaneously and strongly emotional during perormances. The most recognizable names of the period included Rites of Spring, Embrace, One Last Wish, Beefeater,Gray Matter, Fire Party, and, slightly later, Moss Icon. The first wave of emo began to fade after the breakups of most of the involved bands in the early 1990s. Starting in the mid-1990s, the term 'emo' began to reflect the indie scene that followed the influenes of Fugazi, which itself was an offshoot of the first wave of emo. Bands including Sunny Day Real Estate and Teas Is The Reason put forth a more indie rock style of emo, more melodic and less chaotic in nature than its predecessor. The so-called 'indie emo' scene survived until the late 1990s, as many of the bands either disbanded or shifted to mainstream styles. As th remaining indie emo bands entered the maintream, newer bands began to emulate the more mainstream style, creating a style of music that has now earned the name 'emo' within popular culture. Whereas, even in the past, th term 'emo' was used to identify a wide variety of bands, the breadth of bands listed under today's emo is even more vast, leaving the term 'emo' as more of a loose identifier than as a specific genre of music. There were three main waves of emo music, the first involving bands like: Embrace, Rites Of Spring, Moss Icon, Nation Of Ulysses, Dag Nasty, Soulside, Shudder To Think, Fire Party, Marginal Man and Gray Matter. The second wave involved bands like: Sunny Day Real Estate, Boy's Life, Cap'n Jazz, The Promise Ring, Braid, Elliott, Bright Eyes, Cursive and The Get-Up Kids. The third wave of emo (current) involves bands like: Dashboard Confessional, AFI, Alexisonfire, Brand New, Bright Eyes, Coheed And Cambria, Death Cab For Cutie, Fall Out Boy, From First To Last, Funeral For A Friend, Hawthorne Heights, My Chemical Romance, Panic! At The Disco, Senses Fail, Something Corporate, The Starting Line, Story Of The Year, Taking Back Sunday, Thursday, The Used and Underoath.

My opinion is that the majority of these third-wave bands are influenced by emo, but they are not completely emo in themselves. I refuse to get into arguments with anyone over this, so don't even think about it.

The slang term:

Emo is a somewhat ambiguous, controversial slang term most frequently used to describe a fashion or subculture which is usually defined to have its roots in punk fashion and subculture, as well as some attributes of gothic fashion and subculture. By almost all current definitions, emo clothing is characterized by tight jeans on males and females alike, long fringe often brushed to one side of the face, dyed black, straightened hair, tight t-shirts which often bear the names of rockbands, studded belts, belt buckles, Converse All-Stars, skate shoes, or other black shoes - often old and beaten up - and thick, black rimmed glasses.

This is NOT my opinion of what emo is, but this is the 'stereotypical emo kid', so to speak. I believe very firmly that you don't need to look exactly the same as the person mentioned above to be considered 'emo'.

When referring to a person's personality and attitude, many people think that emo people are honest about their emotions, sensitive, shy, introverted, broken-hearted, glum, and often quiet.

Some definitions of emo hold that typical emo people are likely to inflict self-injury, most often by means of cutting, burning, or otherwise mutilating themselves (well that just has BULLSHIT written all over it, doesn't it?). Emos are also stereotyped (so, therefore, not my opinion again) to use depressing Internet screen names that sometimes contain straight-edge X's, often using ironic sloganry, a poetic sense or cliché. In the years since emo music's rise in popularity, both emo music and emo subculture have attracted sometimes severe criticism. The term 'emo' itself is sometimes used pejoratively, to suggest that the target is "overly emotional." Emo in general has been characterised as a fad which will be discarded and forgotten in the near future (OK, maybe it's a fad, but it's a frickin' AWESOME one while it lasts...I <3 it).

Don't come whining to me if you disagree, 'cause I couldn't care less. I am sick and tired of hearing people say things like "Oh that's so emo" or "She's such a poser". I've had it. People can dress and act however they want, and they can listen to whatever music they want. If you still refuse to see the truth and carry on with your incredibly ignorant point of view, fine, think what you want, but you can't change us. Thank you for your patience.

We are who we are. If you have a problem with emo people, but don't have the guts to say it to our faces, I suggest you shut your mouths right now. Just remember that every time you criticise us, it won't make any difference. We're too far gone, and we never gave a damn about what you thought anyway.
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