\ˈe-jē \
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 \ adverb
edginess \ ˈe-​jē-​nəs \ 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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This performance offers the chance to see Ms. Gordon’s edgy improvisations in an intimate setting. New York Times, "14 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 By contrast, Gallego, who faces no Republican challenger this year in his safely Democratic district, uses two accounts to blast out edgy messages often pillorying the Trump administration and Republicans generally. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Twitter purge hits John McCain, Ruben Gallego most among Arizona politicos," 12 July 2018 One of us is always seeking cool, edgy designs in lingerie, which led to buying lingerie from the 1990s in weird places like vintage markets and resale platforms. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "This Russian Lingerie Label Is Creating Cozy, Comfortable, and Sexy Underwear for All," 12 July 2018 Stirling, who boasts 10.8 million YouTube subscribers, started playing classical violin at age 6 and as a young adult morphed her musical talent into an edgy mix of hip-hop, pop and dancing. Cristina B Bolling, charlotteobserver, "Lindsey Stirling and her electric violin to get a jolt of Charlotte flavor in concert," 9 July 2018 Smith, who’s candidly discussed his sexuality since the beginning of his career, is not an edgy act by most mainstream pop standards. Drew Lazor, Philly.com, "Sam Smith at the Wells Fargo Center: The Londoner rocks Philly on Independence Day," 5 July 2018 Ice Poseidon, whose edgy livestreams generate an impressive amount of drama. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: China says Trump’s U.S. is “opening fire on the entire world”," 5 July 2018 Vegan restaurants, meanwhile, have sprung up in Paris and edgy bits of other cities, serving raw food, kale and green shakes to végétaliens. The Economist, "French vegans are tormenting France’s butchers," 5 July 2018 The edgy win over South Korea and defeat to Sweden have perhaps restored a level of context, and beating Brazil will be very difficult in El Tri's quest to avoid a seventh straight last-16 dismissal. 15. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "World Cup Round of 16 Power Rankings: Who Has Best Shot to Win it All?," 29 June 2018

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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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