\ 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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Instead, Maluma moves fluidly between both, marrying genres and beats with vocals that have dramatically improved and can go from eloquent and melodic to edgy rap. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Viva Friday: All the Best New Latin Songs and Albums You Should Add to Your Playlist," 18 May 2018 For a coffee house experience with an edgy, more urban vibe, check out the Red Chair Cafe, with its industrial chic aesthetic and bold graffiti artwork. Anchorage Daily News, "The best part of waking up: Dive into Anchorage’s coffee culture," 3 May 2018 Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that develop a national following and grant him a new lease on life. SFChronicle.com, "‘Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot’," 2 July 2018 All those eccentric angles and ever-changing patterns of light playing on rooms filled with edgy art? David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "This is why your kids are asking you to drop them off at the Contemporary Arts Center," 28 June 2018 Everyone else in the cast looks edgy, sleep-deprived and dangerous. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "A Coarse, Cacophonous, Compelling 'Cabaret' In New Haven," 26 June 2018 From pop country to the more edgy pop hooks Rexha explores on her album might be a difficult conversion for the people who’ve helped that single rack up over one billion streams. refinery29.com, "Bebe Rexha Isn't Afraid To Be An Anti-Hero With Expectations," 22 June 2018 For her all-white look, Beyoncé wore a deconstructed jersey tank dress by Alexander Wang, giving it a more edgy spin with an oversized white parka. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "See How Beyoncé Heats Up Her Winter White Look," 29 Apr. 2018 Now those excursions are getting a little more edgy, thanks to a partnership the travel company has signed with Vice Media, as The Wall Street Journal’s Lukas Alpert reports. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "CMO Today: Vice and Airbnb Tie-up; Pandora Hires Sling’s Lynch; CEOs Quit Trump Advisory Panel," 15 Aug. 2017

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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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