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 20, 2007
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Usually wearing tight black skinny jeans, skinny tshirts or band tshirts,studded belts,converse style shoes, usually has dyed black/brown straight hair, wears lots of jewellrey sweatbands/bangles to cover up cut wrists, will cut themselves, be depressed most of the time, shy, hates themselves, want to kill themselves, listens to my chemical romance, panic! at the disco, taking back sunday, lostprophets, 30 seconds to mars, funeral for a friend etc. basically me!
Emos hates themselves and crys themselves to sleep
by freakyemo April 16, 2007
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emo-short for emotional, often expressed through sadness, a distinct style of clothing and often veganism or vegetarianism.

The popular idea that all emos are anorexic, sweater wearing, wrist cutting fags with tight pants is just another stereotype in a very stereotyped world. Is like saying that all Italians are fat chefs that make pizza, and while that is true for a small percent of people it is not the case. emo is just short for emotional, a type of music, and can mean many things and can be expressed in many ways by wearing many types of clothing and other actions.
person: Whoa! that emo kid isn't at all what I thought emos were like! I guess I am a dumb-ass after all!

emo: yeah. I guess you are.
by #%^! April 01, 2007
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A bunch of WHITE suburbanites that HAVE money and HAVE a family. also called yuppies. Kids who really don't have the balls to kill themselves and if they did would make the world a better place cause then no one would have to listen to their whining and bitching about how they have a shitty life, which most average people would love to have..yet they all have laptops, iPods, brand new Toyota's (by american) and enough money to buy all their Salvation Army cloths. Also, have you noticed that all the really hot and cute chicks are "emo" Damn what a waste of good pussy.
Guy: "damn that girl is hot"
Guy2: "yeah, to bad she's emo"
Guy: "figures, the fags get all the hot chicks"
Guy2: "don't worry, it'll be over soon"
Guy1: "nope, none of them have the balls to really kill themselves"
by S.R.E March 25, 2007
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Emo is a word used to describe kids who are complete and utter failures at life.
Emo kid "Your so mean to me! Nobody understands me in this world! I'm going to cut myself now!"

Set "Do it dumbass! Give the knife, i'll do it for you!!"
by Set Abominae March 15, 2007
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Wannabe people who want atention and contradict themselves.

They are unquie and individual - yet dress the same
Have no friends - but hang out in groups
Everyone hates them - yet they all sleep with each other (none gender specific)
Are depressed - yet go to parties and gigs all the time.
Cut themselves - yet never deep enuff
Only follow EMOtional music - wat music dont have some form of EMOtion.
Confussed kids - so the guys look more like girls than the girls do.
Thier own fashion style - stolen from goth/skater/punk
Depressed - but love the life they lead
they <3 everything - but hate life
Tattoo'd - haha u wait until your 45 with stars, hearts and cherries

"if you loved an EMO would they no longer be EMO"
by J Dubuk January 19, 2007
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A new fad that has blown out of porportion. The people that you may see conforming to the outter appearences of others that usually consist of the same hair style and the same attire. Of course, most of them are left in the dark when it comes to the emo music in the '80s which is how emo started, but thats just because they are ignorant and only care about fitting in. Most of them claim to be depressed, that their life sucks, that they want to die, that they have TRIED to commit suicide, ect. Of course, as they probably took two tylenol and said that they tried to kill themselves with pills, they do not try to do it again! If you want to die, you wouldn't give up after the first try. Also, they are very self-centered and never even stop to realize that their lives are way better than many other people's, not to mention people's lives outside of America, which in most cases would be MUCH worse.

In short, an emo is a teenager that wants attention so they dress, act, and do everything the same as a group of people. They cut themselves, but JUST ENOUGH to leave a scar, so that people will be able to see they have a "horrible life". And the emo lifestyle is a plague to the minds of the children.

I think that, before I go home, and before my mom gives me a bunch of hugs and kisses, and my father gives me my allowance of $50, and I watch MTV to find new things to buy so I can be more like that one cool kid I see every day, I'm going to plan out how I'm going to tell my friends tomorrow that I cried tonight and tried to kill myself by slitting my wrist... First, I must give myself a small cut over my vein, OH, GOD, I HOPE THIS DOESN'T HURT! "OW, MOM, CAN I HAVE A BAND-AID?" Oh, and also, I should write a BS poem about the constant torture I went through as a child, and how everyone hates me, and how I hate myself.
by I Actually Think June 08, 2006
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emos lyk 2 fink of themselves s being indivduals and refer to themselve as scene they actually look exactly like each other... you can spot an emo by there inhabitation of middle class coffee bars such as starbucks or outside depressin the rest of the population or by the pool of blood comin 4rm the self harmin to get attention
emo girl"ur new hair cut is propa scene, you look sex i <3 u"
emo boy"i did it myself i didnt lyk my life so i took my hair as i representation of my self hatred"
by ---georgie--- January 02, 2006
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