\ 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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This is a much darker, edgier version of that show in some ways. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Russian Doll's Greta Lee Is the Best Friend You Always Wanted," 13 Apr. 2019 Events in the Kansas City area probably won’t have the edgy tone that the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida have brought to the gun debate since 14 of their fellow students and three teachers were killed. The Kansas City Star Editorial Board, kansascity, "Should KC students participate in National School Walkout to protest gun violence?," 13 Mar. 2018 The season’s best come in a mix of materials that toe the line between edgy and refined—a bit of clear PVC; a hint of snakeskin—all of which belie a sensible (and blessedly walkable) heel height. 2. Vogue, "5 Spring Essentials to Stock Up On," 19 Mar. 2019 One explanation is the way the new Gucci aesthetic, both edgy and retro, chimes with millennial values like creativity and inclusivity. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Searching for the Next Gucci," 31 Aug. 2018 There were also some cool, edgy and absolutely gorgeous looks on the runways too. Kristin Larson, chicagotribune.com, "Paris haute couture: A lesson in looking at fashion with wonder — and not taking it too seriously," 13 July 2018 Pieri favors an edgy take on elevated glamour, Rutherford is a master at exuding downtown cool. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Two BAZAAR Editors Swap Styles," 14 Mar. 2019 At the same time, Telemundo has made a splash with edgy prime-time dramas with high production values. Meg James, latimes.com, "Spanish-language broadcaster Univision to name Vincent Sadusky as CEO," 23 May 2018 Zoë Kravitz shows us an effortless but edgy way to pull off this look with platform booties and a gold choker. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "These Coachella Outfit Ideas Are So Good, You'll Be Watching the Likes Roll In," 7 Mar. 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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