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a. 1 (context often pejorative English) emotional; sensitive. 2 (context informal often pejorative English) depressed. 3 Associated with youth subcultures embodying emotional sensitivity. n. 1 (context uncountable music early 1990s English) A particular style of hardcore punk rock 2 (context countable early 1990s English) An individual or group of people associated with that subculture and musical style. 3 (context uncountable music late 1990s-current English) Any form of guitar-driven alternative rock that is particularly or notably emotional 4 (context countable late 1990s-current English) An individual or group of people associated with a fashion or stereotype of that style of rock. 5 (context countable 2000s English) A young person who is considered to be over-emotional or stereotypically emo.


Emo is a loosely categorized music genre characterized by expressive, often confessional, lyrics. It emerged as a style of post-hardcore from the mid-1980s hardcore punk movement of Washington, D.C., where it was known as "emotional hardcore" or "emocore" and pioneered by bands such as Rites of Spring and Embrace. However, as emo was echoed by contemporary American punk rock bands, its sound and meaning shifted and changed and it was reinvented as a style of indie rock and pop punk encapsulated in the early 1990s by bands such as Jawbreaker and Sunny Day Real Estate. By the , numerous emo acts formed in the Midwestern and Central United States, and several independent record labels began to specialize in the style. Meanwhile, a more aggressive style of emo, screamo, had also emerged.

Emo broke into mainstream culture in the early 2000s with the platinum-selling success of Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional. In the wake of this success, many emo bands were signed to major record labels and the style became a marketable product. By the early 2010s, the popularity of emo began to decrease. Some bands moved away from their emo roots and some bands disbanded. An underground "emo revival" emerged in the 2010s, with bands drawing on the sounds and aesthetics of emo of the 1990s and early 2000s.

The term "emo" has been applied by critics and journalists to a variety of artists, including multi-platinum acts and groups with disparate styles and sounds. In addition to music, "emo" is often used more generally to signify a particular relationship between fans and artists, and to describe related aspects of fashion, culture, and behavior. Emo has been associated with a stereotype that includes being particularly emotional, sensitive, shy, introverted, or angst-ridden. It has also been associated with stereotypes like depression, self-harm, and suicide.

Emo (oil)

Emo Oil is an Irish oil distribution brand that is based in Portlaoise and is named after a village called Emo in County Laois, Ireland. While also having a market in Great Britain, the brand is used by several divisions of DCC Plc.

Emo (disambiguation)

Emo (also known as "emotional hardcore" or "emocore") is a style of rock music and its associated subculture.

Emo may also refer to:

Emo (album)

Emo is the tenth studio album by the American punk rock band Screeching Weasel. It was released on May 18, 1999 through Ben Weasel's and John Jughead's label Panic Button Records. It was their first album released through Panic Button Records. The album was recorded in Chicago during the blizzard of 1999. Although the title of the album is a tongue-in-cheek stab at the emo scene that was about to break mainstream at the time, the songwriting on the album is extremely emotional and confessional. Lyricist Ben Weasel had used this style of songwriting many times on previous albums, but this marked a noticeable change in tone.

EMO (trade show)

EMO is a European trade show for the manufacturing industries. It occurs every odd-numbered year, with a cycle that finds it at the Hanover Fairground in Hanover, Germany for 2 shows, then the Fiera Milano exhibition center in Milan, Italy for 1 show.

The name EMO came from the name Exposition Mondiale de la Machine-Outil (Machine Tool World Exposition), and the scope of the content still reflects the machine tool heritage, although it now also extends beyond it. The show covers the spectrum of metalworking technologies, such as machine tools for milling, turning, and forming; manufacturing systems; precision measuring tools; automated materials handling; computer technology; industrial electronics; and accessories.

EMO is run by CECIMO, the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries (Comité européen de coopération des industries de la machine-outil) ( The Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), or VDW, is responsible for the organization of the trade show when in Hanover, while UCIMU, the Association of Italian Manufacturers of Machine Tools, Robots, Automation Systems and ancillary products (NC, tools, components, accessories) manages the Milan show.

An agreement between the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), which organizes the US-based International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) and CECIMO coordinates the IMTS and the EMO such that every even-numbered year the IMTS is held in Chicago, and every odd-numbered year the EMO is held in Europe.

Usage examples of "emo".

Cortes sat with Emo Tannan on the raised platform at the other end of the room.

He watched as a group of five people from the Hawking, Emo Tannan among them, beamed down to where three couples and seven children of varying ages waited.

Chapter Nine DMITRI GLAKOV had followed him to the plaza, trailed by Emo Tannan and Rachel Zlatopolsky.

Rachel Zlatopolsky had also gone out with the weeders, as Scotty had started to think of the people in the land vehicles-Rachel, and Emo Tannan, and others from the Hawking whom he had come to know before they had beamed down to their new home.

If Emo had died before that thing swallowed him, perhaps it was a mercy.

I can see from your emo that you think you know how such a close approach could be made.

He stopped again as he heard the sharp sound of protest she made, her face white and then red as her emo tions overwhelmed her self-control.

But as she hesitated, Emo hiked up his kilt, reached into his sling, and directed a stream of urine practically at her feet.

Used to marching surrounded by thousands or slipping quietly over distance shrouded by night, to ride under the sun on the South Road as one of only two kept her in a constant state of semidread that had barely lessened as day followed day and it became obvious Emo had kept his teeth closed on what he knew.

But she was attackable, and if she was broken early, her tightly controlled emo tions became an obstacle, because she was unable to use her feelings to generate momentum.

He dampened his own reception, but he could not remain immune to the intense emo tional agitation that battered his senses.

There was more delay while the engineer, Emo, filled a compressed air cylinder.