\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web The state, edgy about Prospect Medical Holdings’ track record in California, had in 2016 imposed a three-year oversight period related to the purchase of the three hospitals, instead of the usual one year. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "Oversight of for-profit owner of Waterbury, Manchester, Rockville hospitals continued for 18 months after suicide, string of medical errors," 10 Dec. 2019 The Muppets were witty and edgy, more Beat than square. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "How We Got to Sesame Street," 4 May 2020 While creator Armando Iannucci went on to produce Veep to critical acclaim stateside, The Thick of It still remains edgier, darker, and yes, funnier, than its American cousin. Nina Huang, EW.com, "What to quaran-stream on Hulu if you’re running out of shows to watch," 1 May 2020 Larry David’s comedy is, by contrast, endlessly acerbic, edgy, contentious. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Lennon and McCartney of Comedy," 20 Mar. 2020 Here are eight Oscar attendees who brought some edgy fashion the red carpet. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "2020 Oscars men's fashion: 8 men who proved that 'formal attire' doesn't mean 'boring'," 10 Feb. 2020 The process, Hershberger says, was all about making an edgy, punk-rock statement in shape and style. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Miley Cyrus Is Making The Shaggy Mullet Happen For 2020," 8 Jan. 2020 An unstoppable prose expands the arteries while an edgy, casual nervousness overpowers the will.’’ Mr. Dixon was sometimes described as an experimental realist, a writer who tinkered with storytelling conventions while remaining true to life. BostonGlobe.com, "Stephen Dixon, prolific writer of experimental, unsettling fiction, dies at 83 - The Boston Globe," 8 Nov. 2019 Though the film received largely positive reviews, some critics decried its edgy content. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, ""No Studio Would Touch It:" The Big Gamble Behind 'Kick-Ass'," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of edgy

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Edgy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edgy. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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