\ ˈe-jē How to pronounce edgy (audio) \
edgier; edgiest

Definition of edgy

1 : having an edge : sharp
2a : being on edge : tense, irritable
b : characterized by tension edgy negotiations
3 : having a bold, provocative, or unconventional quality an edgy film

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Other Words from edgy

edgily \ ˈe-​jə-​lē How to pronounce edgily (audio) \ adverb
edginess \ ˈe-​jē-​nəs How to pronounce edginess (audio) \ noun

Examples of edgy in a Sentence

Too much coffee makes me edgy. Why are you so edgy? Their relationship has always been edgy. one of the director's edgier films
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The outfit was all about duality between girly and edgy, as Halsey showed off her satin black underwear beneath the dress. Bianca Gracie, Billboard, "The 12 Best 2019 MTV VMAs Red Carpet Looks," 26 Aug. 2019 Now, Disney is offering an answer with its first look at Stone in costume, showing off the edgy, steam-punk direction of her character. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "The First Look of Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil Is Here," 25 Aug. 2019 But several justices said there was no clear line between edgy and immoral, noting the government had been inconsistent in applying its standards. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on ‘Immoral or Scandalous’ Trademarks," 24 June 2019 The multi-hyphenate touched down in New York City ahead of an event and wore the coziest (yet edgy) airport outfit. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Rihanna, Icon, Wore Manolo Blahnik Heels With Sweatpants," 18 June 2019 And Eilish’s edgy, anti-pop aesthetic is hard to miss: her signature blue-gray hair, eye-popping streetwear, and mounds of silver necklaces are intimidatingly cool—and delightfully weird. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Squeaky-Clean Pop Star Is Over—Thank Billie Eilish," 24 Apr. 2019 The 9th Muse You'l have to make your way to the 12th floor of a commercial building in Central to find this edgy jewelry and accessories boutique. Janice Leung Hayes, Condé Nast Traveler, "22 Best Shops in Hong Kong," 4 Mar. 2018 In 2014, Destination Cleveland led an effort to rebrand the city, developing an edgy, sometimes self-deprecating marketing strategy that emphasizes the city’s authenticity. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "Greater Cleveland attracted a record 19.2 million visitors in 2018, outpacing Ohio and U.S. growth," 27 Aug. 2019 The S Appearance Package is edgy with an aggressive, near-futuristic look and includes 18-inch wheels with a black finish, gloss-black exterior accents, and an all-black interior with gray accents. James Raia, Houston Chronicle, "Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First electrified minivan," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of edgy

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of edgy

: nervous and tense
: having or showing a harsh or unkind quality
: new and unusual in a way that is likely to make some people uncomfortable

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