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Abbreviation of emocore.



emo (countable and uncountable, plural emos)

  1. (uncountable, music, early 1990s) A particular style of hardcore punk rock
  2. (countable, early 1990s) An individual or group of people associated with that subculture and musical style.
  3. (uncountable, music, late 1990s-current) Any form of guitar-driven alternative rock that is particularly or notably emotional
  4. (countable, late 1990s-current) An individual or group of people associated with a fashion or stereotype of that style of rock.
  5. (countable, 2000s) A young person who is considered to be over-emotional or stereotypically emo.



emo (comparative more emo, superlative most emo)

  1. (often derogatory) Emotional; sensitive.
  2. (informal, often derogatory) Depressed.
    • 2008, Vanity Fair (issue 578)
      Criticism drapes a black velvet cape across the puddle that interrupts the path to change, to be emo about it.
  3. Associated with youth subcultures embodying emotional sensitivity.
    • 2007, James A. Reinking, Robert Von Der Osten, Strategies for successful writing
      The one thing everyone agrees on is that they've never encountered a band that claimed to be emo.
    • 2012, Megan Bostic, Never Eighteen
      Trevor looks kind of emo, rail thin, dark hair, guyliner, wears black all the time.

Derived terms




emo (accusative singular emon, plural emoj, accusative plural emojn)

  1. tendency, inclination


Related terms



From emä (mother (archaic), womb).



  1. mother (animal female parent)
  2. (archaic or poetic) mother (human female parent)
  3. dam (female parent, generally regarding breeding of animals)


Inflection of emo (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
nominative emo emot
genitive emon emojen
partitive emoa emoja
illative emoon emoihin
singular plural
nominative emo emot
accusative nom. emo emot
gen. emon
genitive emon emojen
partitive emoa emoja
inessive emossa emoissa
elative emosta emoista
illative emoon emoihin
adessive emolla emoilla
ablative emolta emoilta
allative emolle emoille
essive emona emoina
translative emoksi emoiksi
instructive emoin
abessive emotta emoitta
comitative emoineen

Derived terms



From Proto-Italic *emō, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁em- (to take, distribute), (with excrescent p in ēmptum). Cognate with Lithuanian im̃ti, Old Church Slavonic имѫ (imǫ) and possibly Old Armenian իմանամ (imanam). Possibly related to Proto-Indo-European *nem- (to take or give ones due), with its descendants English nim, Danish nemme, Dutch nemen, German nehmen, West Frisian nimme, Ancient Greek νέμω (némō).



emō (present infinitive emere, perfect active ēmī, supine ēmptum); third conjugation

  1. (transitive) I buy, purchase.
    Synonym: compārō
    Antonym: vēndō
    • 405 CE, Jerome, Vulgate Ioannes.4.8:
      discipuli enim eius abierant in civitatem ut cibos emerent
      so his disciples had gone away unto the city to buy food
    Quantīs haec poma ēmisti?
    How much have you paid for these fruits?
  2. (figuratively) I acquire, procure.


   Conjugation of emo (third conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present emō emis emit emimus emitis emunt
imperfect emēbam emēbās emēbat emēbāmus emēbātis emēbant
future emam emēs emet emēmus emētis ement
perfect ēmī ēmistī ēmit ēmimus ēmistis ēmērunt, ēmēre
pluperfect ēmeram ēmerās ēmerat ēmerāmus ēmerātis ēmerant
future perfect ēmerō ēmeris ēmerit ēmerimus ēmeritis ēmerint
passive present emor emeris, emere emitur emimur emiminī emuntur
imperfect emēbar emēbāris, emēbāre emēbātur emēbāmur emēbāminī emēbantur
future emar emēris, emēre emētur emēmur emēminī ementur
perfect ēmptus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect ēmptus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect ēmptus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present emam emās emat emāmus emātis emant
imperfect emerem emerēs emeret emerēmus emerētis emerent
perfect ēmerim ēmerīs ēmerit ēmerimus ēmeritis ēmerint
pluperfect ēmissem ēmissēs ēmisset ēmissēmus ēmissētis ēmissent
passive present emar emāris, emāre emātur emāmur emāminī emantur
imperfect emerer emerēris, emerēre emerētur emerēmur emerēminī emerentur
perfect ēmptus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect ēmptus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present eme emite
future emitō emitō emitōte emuntō
passive present emere emiminī
future emitor emitor emuntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives emere ēmisse ēmptūrus esse emī ēmptus esse ēmptum īrī
participles emēns ēmptūrus ēmptus emendus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
emere emendī emendō emendum ēmptum ēmptū

Derived terms


  • emo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • emo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • emo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to buy cheaply: parvo, vili pretio or bene emere
    • to buy dearly: magno or male emere
    • after having completed one's service: emeritis stipendiis (Sall. Iug. 84. 2)

Further reading



emo m (plural emos)

  1. emo



emo c, n

  1. emo (3), a genre of music and the fashion associated with it
  2. an emo (4), a fan of the previous


Declension of emo 1
Indefinite Definite
Nominative emo emon
Genitive emos emons
Declension of emo 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative emo emot emon emona
Genitive emos emots emons emonas