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a state of mental or emotional strain caused by the fear of missing out.

• Evolutionary biology - an omnipresent anxiety brought on by our cognitive ability to recognize potential opportunities: The brothers had last-slice fomo as they stared at what was left of pizza.

• (with subject) desire to do something, typically accompanied by unease.

• A form of social anxiety - a compulsive concern that one might miss an opportunity or satisfying event, often aroused by posts seen on social media websites.

ORIGIN: acronym from FEAR OF MISSING OUT
by Johnny FOMO September 03, 2013
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(noun) A person who sits on the front porch and intimidates, says negative things, or otherwise makes things unpleasant for those nearby.
The boys walked past the house of old man Thompson, the neighborhood porch dick, who always assumed they were up to no good.
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A disorder that Norman "Nick" suffers from. He cannot miss out on anything or it will just continuously eat at him forever. He will try to go to any extent to ensure that he does not miss out on anything because he doesn't want to be the one person who wasn't there.
Norman "Nick" initially said he wasn't gonna come to LFK last weekend but after his roommates left, he got hit with mad FOMO and decided to say "F my chem test" and just leave at 8 pm that same night to not miss out.
by TurnM3Up December 09, 2019
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"fear of missing out". The fear that if you miss a party or event you will miss out on something great
Even though he was exhausted, John's fomo got the best of him and he went to the party.
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Acronym - Fear Of Missing Out

The intensely annoying act of being psychologically and physically compelled to open social networking or email applications at innoppropriate times. Significantly the FOMO phenomena generally occurs during mid-conversation with friends and loved ones, usually resulting in the individual/s involved in the conversation, that are not afflicted with FOMO, experiencing isolated incidents of intense rage.
Individual 1: "That looks like a good deal"

Individual 2: "It does. Ok, so do you think we should go ahead and book this holiday then?"

Individual 1 (FOMO): <looking down at mobile phone>

-- 30 seconds pass --

Individual 2: "I really hope that phone exploads in your hands and you are left unable to do that, at all, EVER"

-- 10 seconds pass --

Individual 2: "You disgust me to the core"

-- 10 seconds pass --

Individual 1: <looks up from mobile device> "Did you say something to me just then?"
by humaoliv July 16, 2013
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Fear of missing out ( on good times, gig, party or similar )
" I can't decide if I should go out tonight, but I know that if I don't I know I'll get chronic fomo "
by AnnieK May 13, 2007
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