what does the word emo mean?

i hear a lot but i misunderstand the definition. anyway got any idea what it means?

16 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    emotional. Its a style of music and often refers to the people who listen to it and their style of dress.

    Common misconception - although "emo" also tends to get used to refer to depressed people, people who cut themselves, people who are never happy, and people who complain about life alot, this is NOT the definition of emo. Thats like saying all blonds are busty blombshell airheads who wave pompoms and sleep with jocks. People just like the generalize they if one person of a group does something, that they all do.

  • 1 decade ago

    EMO- is a music movement that became popular in the late 90's. It is the direct bastard off-spring of 80's punk rock.

    Much like Gothic music spurned 'Goth' kids so does EMO.

    Examples of EMO (all debatable) Alkaline Trio, Death Cab For Cutie, yadda-yadda-yadda

    EMO has evolved beyond a musical style into a full blown FAD.

    EMO in it's origin was short for EMOTIONAL. It was a style of Punk music that was more harmonic and dealt with more personal topics than it's big brother PUNK or step brother PUNK-CORE.

  • 1 decade ago

    I guess it depends on context, because there seem to be several definitions:

    "# a post-town, in the parish of COOLBANAGHER, barony of PORTNEHINCH, QUEEN'S county, and province of LEINSTER, 5 miles (E.) from Maryborough, and 34 3/4 (WSW) from Dublin, near the high road to Maryborough; containing 14 houses and 102 inhabitants. Here are the RC chapel (a neat building), a public school, and a constabulary police station. Adjoining the town is Emo park, formerly Dawson's Court, the splendid mansion of the Earl of Portarlington.-- See COOLBANAGHER.


    # Emergency Management Office (USA).


    # Emo (an abbreviation of "emotionally-driven Hardcore punk") is a term now broadly used to describe almost any form of guitar-driven alternative rock that expresses emotions beyond traditional punk's limited emotional palette of alienation and rage. It is also used to describe fans of this genre, most commonly teenagers. (e.g., emo kid). The actual term "emo" originated in the mid-1980s D.C. scene, with the band Rites of Spring, as well as bands such as Fugazi, Moss Icon, and Antioch Arrow. ...


    # Emo is an Irish filling station chain, owned by DCC. It was created in 2000 when BP Amoco purchased the Burmah filling stations (along with the rest of Castrol). As BP had closed their Irish operations (selling them to Statoil), they had little interest in Burmahs Irish network, and it was purchased by DCC.


  • 1 decade ago

    Emo means "Emotional" it is a style of attitude and music.

    Emo music is usually like emotional rock ect.

    The stereotyped emo cries all the time and self-harms...but notice that work "stereotyped" most are not like that.

    You also get Emo Goths (emotional Goths) interested in the emo and gothic/grunge style.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Emo (music), a subgenre of hardcore punk

    Emo (slang), a slang term used to describe a wide range of fashion styles and attitudes somewhat affiliated with emo music

    Source(s): Wikipedia
  • 1 decade ago

    means its time to get the tissues out... cus were al gonna have a good cry .. with the common theme of every song either being how he misses his ex, or how he (im using he loosly) feels he would be better for the girl than her current boyfirend if she could only see, we were meant to be, but she cant no she cant

    ghey shyt like that

  • 1 decade ago

    Punk rock music that is what "complaint rock" used to be. Emotionaly, sometimes whiney, catering to young girls, and not typical of traditional punk (like The Ramones).

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I don't know, but I think it means you're really emotional and you cry a lot, maybe?

  • 1 decade ago

    emo means fashion style...i think

  • Myaloo
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Full of emotion.Often full of TOO much emotion.

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