\ 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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The franchise is stalling in part because its desire to be edgy won’t line up with its desire to be traditional. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Bekah Martinez Refuses To Play By The Rules Of Bachelor Nation," 22 June 2018 These are wonderful qualities, being edgy, insulting, badgering. Fox News, "Trump slams 'disgraceful' leak of Mueller questions," 2 May 2018 The finished product was edgy, showing images of male athletes in sports bras and women dancing around what appeared to be a strippers' pole. Jeff Manning, OregonLive.com, "Nike's challenges in #me-too era prompts big media attention," 28 Apr. 2018 The winner and undisputed BIG CHEESE stands alone at the end of the competition Luke Burbank is driving us to: The mood is edgy at the 2018 Cheesemonger Invitational (CMI) in San Francisco. CBS News, "Crowning the Big Cheese at the Cheesemonger Invitational," 22 Apr. 2018 To get a sense of how edgy the Collinwood neighborhood has become, its instructive to observe Pawnee Avenue, a working-class street of tidy homes that runs east from 185th Street into the neighboring suburb of Euclid. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga County juvenile detention facility is a ticking time bomb: Phillip Morris," 26 Jan. 2018 Both outfits were edgy including classic oxfords with the perfect evening assembles. Cara Zimmerman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lily Rose-Depp's Chic Looks From Her Birthday In Tokyo," 1 June 2017 Last night in downtown Manhattan, Clooney looked almost like an off-duty rock star, albeit a polished one, in a biker jacket, skinny jeans, and edgy boots. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Amal Clooney Takes Her Wardrobe to an Edgy New Place," 13 Apr. 2018 Just like dare devil Leonardo DiCaprio, Theroux opts out of wearing a helmet, which is, among being both irresponsible and dumb, objectively edgy. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Justin Theroux’s Guide to Being Edgy," 16 Apr. 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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