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The verb is a back-formation from emotion.[1] The noun is derived from the verb.



emote (third-person singular simple present emotes, present participle emoting, simple past and past participle emoted) (originally US)

Examples of people emoting (sense 2.2) on the Internet
  • Player A: Woohoo! We beat the other team!
  • Player B: /cheer

  • Natasha: So, you’re taking part, aren’t you?
  • Kalisha: *Looking around nervously, thinking of an excuse*

  • Jose: Dude! Tell me you did not just say that!
  • Mike: Embarrassed face
  1. (transitive)
    1. To display or express (emotions, mental states, etc.) openly, particularly while acting, and especially in an excessive manner. [from early 20th c.]
      • 2017, Laurie Frederik, “Painting the Body Brown and Other Lessons on How to Dance Latin”, in Laurie Frederik; Kim Marra; Catherine Schuler, Showing Off, Showing Up: Studies of Hype, Heightened Performance, and Cultural Power, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press, →ISBN, page 55:
        In the Latin category, dancers begin the round in carnival mode, bouncing and curving voltas traveling down the length of the floor, emoting happy celebration in a Brazilianesque samba.
    2. To deliver (a speech), say (lines of a play, words), etc., in a dramatic or emotional manner, especially if overly so. [from early 20th c.]
  2. (intransitive)
    1. To display (excessive) emotion, especially while acting. [from early 20th c.]
      Synonym: emotionalize
    2. (Internet, text messaging) To express a virtual action, presented to other users as a graphic or reported speech, rather than sending a straightforward message.

Derived terms[edit]



emote (plural emotes)

  1. (Internet, text messaging) A virtual action expressed to other users as a graphic or reported speech rather than a straightforward message.
  2. (Internet, Twitch-speak) Short for emoticon.



  1. ^ emote, v.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2019; “emote, v.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

Further reading[edit]





  1. vocative masculine singular of ēmōtus