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[ej-ee] /ˈɛdʒ i/
adjective, edgier, edgiest.
nervously irritable; impatient and anxious.
sharp-edged; sharply defined, as outlines.
daringly innovative; on the cutting edge.
Origin of edgy
1765-75; edge + -y1
Related forms
edgily, adverb
edginess, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for edgy
  • Nervous and edgy, the records are long on intensity but short on beauty.
  • When the central nervous system is released from the depressed state, the opposite state develops-feeling edgy and irritable.
  • Even a gentle wind may disrupt the normal pattern, making the entire herd nervous and edgy.
  • It has been particularly edgy in the past two or three years.
  • edgy narrative and brutally realistic scenes target today's readers and viewers.
  • Meanwhile, buzz about the potential for an interest rate hike in the near future added to the edgy ambience.
  • Grommet details and bold colors offer an edgy take on slope style.
  • The final version was edgy enough but in a slightly more playful way.
  • The edgy interplay of sounds places this band in a league of its own.
  • We're looking forward to more edgy exhibits to come.
British Dictionary definitions for edgy


adjective -ier, -iest
(usually postpositive) nervous, irritable, tense, or anxious
(of paintings, drawings, etc) excessively defined
innovative, or at the cutting edge, with the concomitant qualities of intensity and excitement
Derived Forms
edgily, adverb
edginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for edgy

"having sharp edges," 1755, from edge (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "tense and irritable" is attested by 1837, perhaps from notion of being on the edge, at the point of doing something irrational (a figurative use attested from c.1600).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for edgy


  1. (also on edge) Tense and irritable; nervous; uptight: I saw he was getting a bit edgy, so I agreed to include him (1837+)
  2. Daringly advanced; on the cutting edge: Spurred by the sudden obsession with youth culture, these editors are producing a series of visually edgy, culturally progressive new glossies (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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